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Saint Mary’s vs Santa Clara Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds
Gaels vs Broncos Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Saint Mary’s Gaels at Santa Clara Broncos
- Where: Santa Clara at Leavey Center
- Date: Saturday, December 31st
- Betting Odds: Saint Mary’s -5.5, STMRY -243 | SANCLR +194 O/U 134.0
Saint Mary’s will take their 2 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 11-4. On the road, the Gaels will be playing their 2nd game of the season, having gone 2-0. So far, the Gaels have been favored 13 times, going 10-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Saint Mary’s as -5.5 point favorites.
Saint Mary’s’ leading scorer this season is Aidan Mahaney who is averaging 13.21 points per contest. So far, Mahaney has accounted for 19.05% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.21 rebounds per game and 2.14 assists. Mitchell Saxen is the second leading scorer for the Gaels, averaging 12.93 points per game. Between him and Saxen, they are accounting for 37.7% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Saint Mary’s this season, as they are currently ranked 246th in college basketball at 69.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Gaels’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 185th in the NCAA.
The Santa Clara Broncos head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 13-3. Currently, the Broncos have been the home team 14 times, sitting with a record of 13-1. So far, the Broncos have been the underdog 5 times, going 3-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5.5 underdogs on the spread.
Brandin Podziemski comes into today’s game as the Broncos’ leading scorer at 17.73 points per contest. Not only has Podziemski been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Santa Clara’s top rebounder at 8.4 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 15.47 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.9% of his shots and is adding 2.33 boards per game.
Through 16 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 +5.5
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Saint Mary’s as the favorites with a line coming in at -5.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Santa Clara Broncos to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Saint Mary’s at 7.16 made 3’s per game compared to Santa Clara at 7.34. Look for Santa Clara to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Gaels.
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