Santa Clara vs. Portland - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Portland (9-21) at Santa Clara (18-12)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Leavey Center)
The Line: Santa Clara -11 -- Over/Under: 145 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Portland Pilots (9-21, CONF 1-14) and Santa Clara Broncos (18-12, CONF 5-10) face off in a West Coast Conference showdown at the Leavey Center. Santa Clara beat Portland 85-61 earlier this season.
Portland has been terrible this season and coming into this game they only have one win in conference play. Over the last ten games Portland has zero wins and they have only covered three spreads.
On the road this season Portland is averaging 68.8 points per game while the defense is giving up 79.1.
Portland is led by Isaiah White who is averaging 12.2 points while shooting 42.2 percent from the field. White is also shooting 35.7 percent from the deep. White is dealing with an undisclosed injury and it’s unclear if he will be able to go in this game.
Santa Clara has had a better season than Portland, but they have struggled a bit as of late. Coming into this game Portland has lost six games in a row and only covered two spreads during that stretch.
Over the last five games, the Broncos are giving up 77 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 47.5 percent from deep. The Broncos are led by Josip Vrankic and Trey Wertz who are both averaging 12 points per game
Portland is 3-9-1 against the spread in their last 13 games overall. Portland is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games against Santa Clara.
The over is 8-2 in Santa Clara’s last 10 home games. The over is 9-3 in Santa Clara’s last 12 games against the West Coast Conference.
Even with Santa Clara’s struggles as of late there is no doubt they are the better team in this matchup. Look for Santa Clara to lock down on defense and that will be enough to come away with a win and cover of the spread.