Check out our free Santa Clara vs Pepperdine pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Malibu. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Santa Clara vs Pepperdine Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Broncos vs Waves Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Santa Clara Broncos at Pepperdine Waves
  • Where: Malibu at Firestone Fieldhouse
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Santa Clara -1.5, SANCLR -125 | PEPP +103 O/U 152.0

Broncos Preview:

Santa Clara heads into this matchup having played 17 games and have an overall record sitting at 13-4. So far, the Broncos have played 2 games on the road, with a record of 0-2. This season, Santa Clara has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 9-1. For today’s contest, Santa Clara have a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.

Brandin Podziemski comes into today’s game as the Broncos’ leading scorer at 17.81 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 15.31 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.3% of his shots and is adding 2.25 boards per game.

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Through 17 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.

Waves Preview:

Pepperdine will take the floor against the Broncos with an overall record of 7-8. So far this season, Pepperdine has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-3. For the season, Pepperdine has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 0-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Waves being +1.5 point underdogs.

Pepperdine’s leading scorer this season is Maxwell Lewis who is averaging 19.4 points per contest. So far, Lewis has accounted for 24.7% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.87 rebounds per game and 2.87 assists. Houston Mallette is the second leading scorer for the Waves, averaging 13.13 points per game. Between him and Mallette, they are accounting for 41.4% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Pepperdine this season, as they are currently ranked 292nd in college basketball at 68.4 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 Waves’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.0%, placing them 252nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Santa Clara Broncos -1.5

Leading into this matchup, the Santa Clara Broncos are currently the favorites to pick up the win, with a spread sitting at -1.5. 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 5-4-1 vs the spread.

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