Santa Clara vs Gonzaga Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/24/24

Gonzaga (21-6) vs Santa Clara (18-10)

Game Info: Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 10:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)

Betting Odds: Gonzaga -14.5 -- Over/Under: 155.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Santa Clara Broncos and the Gonzaga Bulldogs meet in college basketball action from the McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday night. Who comes out on top in this WCC tilt? Let’s dive in and find out with our Santa Clara vs. Gonzaga Prediction.

Santa Clara Team Preview

The Santa Clara Broncos come into this game looking to build on their three-game win streak after a 65-55 win over Loyola Marymount last time out. Adama Bal leads the Broncos in scoring and assists with 14.6 PPG and 3.2 APG along with 3 RPG while Carlos Marshall Jr. has 12.8 PPG with 4.4 RPG and Johnny O’Neil has 11 PPG with a team-high 5.9 RPG to lead the Broncos on the glass up to this point in the year while capping off the trio of double-digit scorers for the Broncos. Christoph Tilly also has 9.1 PPG and 4.3 RPG as well this season. As a team, Santa Clara is averaging 76.6 PPG on 46.3% shooting from the field, 35.6% from three and 70.8% from the foul line this season.

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Gonzaga Team Preview

The Gonzaga Bulldogs come into this one looking to build on a five-game win streak after an 86-65 win over Portland last time out. Graham Ike leads the Zags in scoring with 16 PPG and 7.3 RPG while Anton Watson is right behind with 14.8 PPG and a team-high 7.4 RPG to lead the Zags on the glass. Nolan Hickman has 13.8 PPG with 2.5 APG and Braden Huff has 10.5 PPG while Ryan Nembhard has 12.3 PPG with 3.9 RPG and a team-high 6.3 APG to lead the Zags in assists while rounding out the group of double-digit scorers for Gonzaga so far this season. As a team, Gonzaga is averaging 85.8 PPG on 51.4% shooting from the field, 34.4% from three and 71.7% from the foul line this season.

Santa Clara vs. Gonzaga Prediction

I’m on Santa Clara here. I get why Gonzaga is a sizeable favorite at home, but Santa Clara is up there with San Francisco in the upper-tier of WCC teams, maybe not on the level of Saint Mary’s or Gonzaga, but they’re close, and those are the teams Gonzaga’s had trouble putting away decisively this season. Gonzaga’s good, but they don’t strike the same fear into opponents that past Gonzaga teams did. I think Santa Clara can keep this one close. Give me the Broncos and the points.

 

Chris’s Pick Santa Clara +14.5

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