Santa Clara at Pacific: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Santa Clara at Pacific: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Pacific Tigers (3-1) vs Santa Clara Broncos (7-2)

Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Spanos Center)

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The Santa Clara Broncos will travel to the Alex G. Spanos Center to take on the Pacific Tigers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Santa Clara Broncos snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 7-2 on the season after defeating the Saint Mary’s Gaels, 66-64, this past Saturday. Santa Clara was outstanding defensively against Saint Mary’s and was able to secure the upset victory after taking the lead for good on a Keshawn Justice three-pointer with just :18 seconds left in regulation. Santa Clara shot 46.9% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc while holding Saint Mary’s to just 39.0% from the field and 29.4% from beyond the arc. Santa Clara was outrebounded by Santa Clara by a 35-30 margin and forced 9 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Broncos was Keshawn Justice who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 block.

On the season, Santa Clara is averaging 67.1 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 4.6 three-pointers per game on 25.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Santa Clara has been led by Josip Vrankic (15.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Keshawn Justice (10.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Christian Carlyle (9.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apg), & Jalen Williams (7.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg).

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Defensively, Santa Clara is holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg on 36.8% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin 4.4 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The Pacific Tigers have had their last 5 games either postponed/cancelled due to Covid-19 protocols and come into this game with an overall record of 3-1 after defeating the Westmont Warriors, 92-64, on December 20th. Pacific had no trouble slowing down the Westmount offense in this one and easily cruised to victory in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 41-28 lead. Pacific shot 47.8% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc while Westmont shot just 33.3% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc. Pacific outrebounded Westmont by a 57-29 margin and committed 18 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jeremiah Bailey who had a double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, Pacific is averaging 67.1 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 4.6 three-pointers per game on 25.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pacific has been led by Jeremiah Bailey (14.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 spg), Daniss Jenkins (14.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Broc Finstuen (12.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), & Jordan Bell (7.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Pacific is holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg on 36.8% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Tigers are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 Thursday games, however, are just 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 home games.

Pacific hasn’t played for about a month and that is not going to bode well for a team that comes into this game ranked just t-284th in scoring offense & 330th in FG%. Santa Clara is led by their defense that should have plenty of success in this one and after seeing the Broncos defeat Saint Mary’s on the road last weekend, I think that Santa Clara will be able to cover this small spread. Good Luck!

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