Pepperdine vs. Santa Clara - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Santa Clara (20-12) at Pepperdine (15-15)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Pepperdine -3 -- Over/Under: 151 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Santa Clara Broncos (20-12, CONF 7-10) and Pepperdine Waves (15-15, CONF 8-8) face off in a West Coast Tournament showdown at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Pepperdine beat Santa Clara 91-77 earlier this season.
Santa Clara has played well this season and they looked good on Thursday having no issues with Portland. Santa Clara put up 42 points in the first half, and locked down Portland allowing only 23 points and that left no doubt that they would win.
Santa Clara is a team that likes to get out and run, and they also don’t play a whole lot of defense. On the season Santa Clara is averaging 75.8 points per game while the defense is giving up 71.6 points and letting opponents shoot 42.5 percent from the field.
Santa Clara’s defense struggled against Pepperdine giving up 91 points and if they want any chance in this game the defense is going to need to find a way to step up.
The Pepperdine Waves got a first round bye in the WCC tournament, but coming into the tournament they weren’t playing great basketball.
Against BUY in the last game the defense struggled giving up 81 points and that wasn’t enough to get the job done.
The Waves are led by Colbey Ross who is averaging 19.8 points while shooting 40.4 percent from the field. Ross has been strong this year, but in the last game he only scored eight points and they need him to be better in this game.
Santa Clara is 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 games played on Friday. The over is 9-3 in Santa Clara's 12 games played on a neutral site.
Pepperdine won both of the games against Santa Clara this season and they covered the spread. Look for Pepperdine to run up the score and that will be enough for a win and cover of the spread.