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BYU vs Santa Clara Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Cougars vs Broncos Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: BYU Cougars at Santa Clara Broncos
- Where: Santa Clara at Leavey Center
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: BYU +2, BYU +112 | SANCLR -137 O/U 146.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Santa Clara, the BYU Cougars will be taking the floor for the 22nd time this season and have an overall record of 14-7. On the road, the Cougars will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 2-2. So far, the Cougars have been the underdog 7 times, going 3-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.
Fousseyni Traore comes into today’s game as the Cougars’ leading scorer at 12.8 points per contest. Not only has Traore been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is BYU’s top rebounder at 8.0 boards per contest. Behind Traore, the team has benefited from the strong play of Gideon George, who is second on the team in scoring at 11.95 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.8% of his shots and is adding 6.19 boards per game.
On offense, BYU is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.7 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 21 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 37.13% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Heading into today’s matchup vs BYU, the Santa Clara Broncos will be taking the floor for the 21st time this season and have an overall record of 15-5. Currently, the Broncos have been the home team 16 times, sitting with a record of 13-3. The Broncos’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2 points in their favor. For the season, Santa Clara has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 10-1.
Brandin Podziemski comes into today’s game as the Broncos’ leading scorer at 18.28 points per contest. Not only has Podziemski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Santa Clara’s top rebounder at 8.44 boards per contest. Behind Podziemski, the team has benefited from the strong play of Carlos Stewart, who is second on the team in scoring at 15.32 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.3% of his shots and is adding 2.37 boards per game.
Through 20 games, Santa Clara has been playing well on offense, averaging 78.1 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Broncos’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.8% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 7.34 made 3’s per contest.
Free Spread Prediction: Santa Clara Broncos -2
Leading into this matchup, the Santa Clara Broncos are currently the favorites to pick up the win, with a spread sitting at -2. According to our analysis, we anticipate a strong offensive effort from the Broncos’ shooters to be enough to pull out the win and cover the spread. For the season, Santa Clara has a field goal percentage of 49.0, good for 20th in college basketball. In addition, look for the team to add to their trend of covering the spread on the road. Over their last 10 road matchups, they are 6-4 vs the spread.