Portland at Santa Clara: 3/6/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Portland at Santa Clara: 3/6/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Santa Clara Broncos (20-10) vs Portland Pilots (18-13)

Game Info: Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 12:30 am (Orleans Arena)

Betting Odds: Santa Clara Broncos - 8 -- Over/Under: 156.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Santa Clara Broncos and Portland Pilots face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Orleans Arena. When these two teams faced off on February 26th it was Santa Clara that won 102-89.

Portland was led by Moses Wood who finished with 23 points and seven rebounds. Josip Vrankic was the top player for Santa Clara scoring 30 points. 

Portland comes into this game with an 18-13 record overall and they have a pretty comfortable victory on Friday night. The defense was strong against San Diego giving up only 55 points, and that led to the 18 point victory. The Pilots are averaging 74.1 points while their defense is giving up 71.4 points per game. Guard Tyler Robertson has been the top player for Portland averaging 14.9 points while shooting 40.3 percent from the field. 

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Santa Clara comes into this game with a 20-10 record and they have won two games in a row. In the last game against Portland the defense wasn’t great giving up 89 points, but the offense scored 102 points and that led to victory. Two games ago against Pepperdine, the offense was strong again scoring 88 points. Santa Clara as a team is averaging 77.9 points while their defense is giving up 72.3 points per game. Jalen Williams has been the top player for Santa Clara this year averaging 17.9 points while shooting 52 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from behind the three point line. There are four different players that are averaging 12.3 points per game and they are going to need a balanced attack in this game. 

Santa Clara is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games played on Sunday. The over is 6-0 in Portland’s last six games following a straight up win. The over is 4-0 in Santa Clara’s last four games as a favorite. 

Portland is much improved this season and I expect they are going to play a little more defense in this game. Look for Portland to still have success scoring though, and they will come away with a cover of the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Portland +8

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