BYU at Santa Clara: 1/27/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

BYU at Santa Clara: 1/27/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Santa Clara Broncos (12-7) vs BYU Cougars (17-4)

Game Info: Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 11:00 pm (Leavey Center)

Betting Odds: Santa Clara Broncos +2.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The BYU Cougars and Santa Clara Broncos face off on Thursday in a college basketball showdown at Leavey Center. When these two teams last faced off in February of 2020 it was BYU that won 85-75. 

BYU comes into this game with a 17-4 record overall and they have gone 10-9 against the spread. In the last game against Portland, the offense was strong scoring 78 points and that led to the 13 point victory. BYU is averaging 74 points while their defense is giving up 65.1 points per game. Alex Barcello has been the top player for BYU averaging 16.7 points while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 46.4 percent from behind the three point line. In this game if BYU wants to get the job done, the defense is going to need to be good.

On the other side of this matchup is the Santa Clara Broncos who sit with a 12-7 record overall and they have gone 8-10-1. In the last game against San Diego, the offense was strong scoring 78 points and that was enough to come away with the four point victory. Santa Clara is averaging 76.7 points while their defense is giving up 71.1 points per game. Guard Jalen Williams has been the top player for Santa Clara averaging 18.3 points while shooting 51 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the three point line.

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Santa Clara is 0-4 against the spread in their last four games as an underdog. The over is 3-0-1 in Santa Clara’s last four games against a team with a winning straight up record. The over is 3-0-1 in the Broncos last four games. The Broncos are 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games played on Thursday. 

These are two teams that like to push the pace but BYU’s defense has been pretty good, and I expect they will slow down Santa Clara. There isn’t a strong play on the side, but I expect this game is going to stay under the total. Back the under to cash. 

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