Saint Mary’s-California Gaels vs. Santa Clara Broncos, Betting Preview, Spread, Money Line, Total, Picks and Prediction

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ST. MARY’S GAELS SANTA CLARA BRONCOS
18-2 January 28, 11:00 PM | Leavey Center 12-10

When: 11:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 28, 2017
Where: Leavey Center, Santa Clara, California
TV: 11 p.m. ET, CSN Bay Area

Team  Spread Money Line Total
Saint Mary’s-California Gaels -10 -110 -600 120.5 -110
Santa Clara Broncos +10 -110 +450 120.5 -110

The fans at Leavey Center will be treated to a game between the Saint Mary’s-California Gaels and the Santa Clara Broncos when they take their seats on Saturday.

ABOUT SAINT MARY’S (18-2, 8-1 WCC): Jock Landale, a 6-11 junior center, paces the team in scoring (16.6 points per game) and rebounding (9.5) after recording 13 points and eight rebounds versus San Francisco. Senior forward Dane Pineau (6.8 points, 5.9 rebounds) is second in the WCC in field-goal percentage at 64.8 with Landale third at 61.3. Junior forward Calvin Hermanson averages 13.1 points – 18.6 over his last five games – while the backcourt tandem of senior Joe Radon (8.7 points, 6.1 assists) and junior Emmett Naar (9.8 points, 5.4 assists) are first and third in the WCC in assists.

ABOUT SANTA CLARA (12-10, 6-3): Brownridge scored 25 points for the second straight game Thursday and averaged 24.6 over the last five contests while converting 27-of-58 from 3-point range. Sophomore guard KJ Feagin (13.8 points), who missed the first 12 games of the season because of a broken foot, averages a team-high 5.5 assists. Sophomore guard Matt Hauser (10.2 points, 5.2 assists) and senior forward Nate Kratch (10.1 points, club-most 6.8 rebounds) also average double figures on a club that scores a WCC-low 67 points per game with Kratch shooting a team-best 43.5 percent from beyond the arc after making 4-of-6 versus BYU.

Bovada Sportsbook currently has the Gaels listed as 10-point favorites versus the Broncos, while the game’s total is sitting at 120.5 according to GTBETS.

Santa Clara was a 76-68 winner in its last match at home against Cougars. They covered the +3.5-point spread as underdogs.

Saint Mary’s-California was a 66-46 winner in its last match at home against Dons. They covered the -13.5-point spread as favorites.

Saint Mary‘s is fully aware that it cannot afford another slip-up in the West Coast Conference if it is to entertain thoughts of a league title as it visits Santa Clara on Saturday. The No. 21 Gaels are coming off a 66-46 victory over San Francisco on Thursday – their third straight win since a 79-56 loss to No. 3 Gonzaga on Jan. 14 – and must stay focused before they get a chance to avenge the setback to the Bulldogs on Feb. 11.

“It’s a challenge staying locked in one week at a time, one game at a time, and our guys are doing a pretty good job,” Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett told reporters. The Gaels’ eight WCC victories all came by double figures and an average of 18.8 points, and the three games between Santa Clara and Gonzaga are against teams they’ve already defeated. Saint Mary’s continues to smother opponents as it yields 57.3 points per game – second in the nation only to Virginia (53.3). The Broncos defeated BYU 76-68 on Thursday for their fourth victory in five games to move into a third-place tie in the WCC with the Cougars behind Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s, and boast the fourth-leading scorer in the conference in red-hot senior guard Jared Brownridge (18.8 points).

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Saint Mary’s-California:
Team record: 18-2 SU,10-8-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Saint Mary’s-California is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Saint Mary’s-California is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Saint Mary’s-California’s last 6 games

Santa Clara:
Team record: 12-10 SU,9-11 ATS
Santa Clara is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Santa Clara is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Santa Clara’s last 8 games

Next up:
Saint Mary’s-California at Pacific Thursday, February 2
Santa Clara at Portland Thursday, February 2

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATES
1. Saint Mary’s is fourth in the nation in rebounding margin at a WCC-best plus-10.5 while the Broncos are last in the conference at minus-3.7.

2. Brownridge moved past San Francisco’s Bill Cartwright for sixth place on the WCC all-time scoring list with 2,129 points and will likely wind up second at Santa Clara behind Kevin Foster (2,423 points from 2008-13).

3. Saint Mary’s trails in the series 137-86 after winning both games by a combined 47 points last season, and won four of the last five and 16 of the past 19 meetings.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Santa Clara Broncos will cover the spread at +10 and the game will stay under 120.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Saint Mary’s 58, Santa Clara 57 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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