Santa Clara Broncos vs. Saint Mary’s-California Gaels, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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SANTA CLARA BRONCOS ST. MARY’S GAELS
16-14 February 25, 10:00 PM | McKeon Pavilion 25-3
Santa Clara at St. Mary’s, Betting Lines
When: 10:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 25, 2017
Where: McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, California
TV: 10 p.m. ET, No TV
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
673 –Santa Clara Broncos +14 -110 +1075 Ov 121 -110
674 –Saint Mary’s-California Gaels -14 -110 -1700 Un 121 -110

The Santa Clara Broncos and the Saint Mary’s-California Gaels will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at McKeon Pavilion.

ABOUT SANTA CLARA (16-14, 10-7 WCC): Feagin (15.2 points, 4.6 assists per game) matched a career high with six 3-pointers (in seven attempts) Thursday to increase his team-best percentage from beyond the arc to 49.5. Senior guard Jared Brownridge (club highs of 17.4 points and 37.0 minutes) scored only 13 points while recording nine fouls over his last two games and is one of four Broncos averaging 34 minutes or better. Senior forward Nate Kratch (11.1 points, team-most 6.7 rebounds) and sophomore guard Matt Hauser (10.0 points, club-best 5.5 assists), who had 13 and 10 against Pacific and was 4 for 4 from the free-throw line in the final 25 seconds, are the other big-minute players.

ABOUT SAINT MARY’S (25-3, 15-2): Landale (team-high 16.8 points, WCC-most 9.5 rebounds) recorded his 13th double-double of the season Thursday with 23 points and 14 rebounds while Rahon (8.6 points, WCC-best 5.8 assists) registered seven points, six rebounds and six assists against Pepperdine. Sophomore center Evan Fitzner (5.6 points, 3.4 rebounds) continues to make more of an impact after recording nine points and eight assists Thursday, bringing his scoring average to 12.3 in the last three games. Pineau (6.6 points, 6.1 rebounds) leads the Gaels in field-goal percentage at 62.0 but averages only 4.5 attempts.

Oddsmakers currently have the Gaels listed as 14-point favorites versus the Broncos, while the game’s total is sitting at 121.

Saint Mary’s concludes its regular season by hosting Santa Clara on Saturday as it makes final preparations for the West Coast Conference tournament. The No. 18 Gaels, who were not invited to the 2016 NCAA Tournament despite a 27-5 record, are coming off a 78-49 victory at Pepperdine on Thursday as they continue to mow through the WCC competition with the only blemishes a pair of losses to No. 1 Gonzaga.

“Our team will be motivated to play Saturday night,” Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett told reporters. “It is against Santa Clara, one of our rivals, and it is senior night. Our guys will be ready to play.” Forward Dane Pineau and guard Joe Rahon play their final games at McKeon Pavilion, where they are 64-11 – 34-3 over the past two seasons. The Gaels won the first meeting of the season 72-59 on Jan. 28 behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from junior center Jock Landale. The Broncos won three of their last four games after holding off visiting Pacific 69-68 on Thursday as sophomore guard KJ Feagin scored 22 points.

Saint Mary’s-California was a 78-49 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Waves. They covered the -18.5-point spread as favorites.

In their last action, Santa Clara was a 69-68 winner at home against Tigers. They failed to cover the -10-point spread as favorites.

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Santa Clara:
Team record: 16-14 SU,13-15 ATS
Santa Clara is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Santa Clara is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Santa Clara is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road

Saint Mary’s-California:
Team record: 25-3 SU,15-11-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Saint Mary’s-California is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Saint Mary’s-California is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saint Mary’s-California’s last 6 games

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATE

1. Saint Mary’s is the No. 2 seed in the WCC tournament and receives a first-round bye while it appears Santa Clara will finish fourth and meet San Francisco in its tourney opener.

2. The Gaels (56.1 points allowed per game) are closing the gap on Virginia (55.8) for the stingiest defense in the nation.

3. The Broncos lead the series 137-87 but Saint Mary’s has won three straight meetings, five of the last six and 14 of 16 while winning the last eight in a row at home.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Saint Mary’s-California Gaels will cover the spread at -14 and the game will go over 121 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Saint Mary’s 72, Santa Clara 54 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
SACLA TEAM STMAR
66.8 PTS FOR 72.0
64.7 PTS AGNST 56.1
2.1 DIFF. 15.9
23.9 DEF REBOUNDS 25.9
6.2 OFF REBOUNDS 9.9
43.7 FG% 49.4
73.2 FT% 75.9
9.7 3 POINTERS 8.7
5.3 STEALS 4.0
BETTING TRENDS
SANTA CLARA
Santa Clara is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Santa Clara’s last 7 games on the road
Santa Clara is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Santa Clara is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against St. Mary’s
Santa Clara is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against St. Mary’s
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Santa Clara’s last 11 games when playing on the road against St. Mary’s
ST. MARY’S
St. Mary’s is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Mary’s last 6 games
St. Mary’s is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
St. Mary’s is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
St. Mary’s is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games when playing Santa Clara
St. Mary’s is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Santa Clara
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of St. Mary’s last 11 games when playing at home against Santa Clara
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Santa Clara’s Overall Scoring vs St. Mary’s’s Overall Defense 66.8 307 56.1 3
Santa Clara’s Away Scoring vs St. Mary’s’s Home Defense 61.9 330 57.4 6
Santa Clara’s Road Rebounds vs St. Mary’s’s Home Rebounds Allowed 31.7 301 25.4 2
St. Mary’s’s Overall Scoring vs Santa Clara’s Overall Defense 72.0 219 64.7 36
St. Mary’s’s Home Scoring vs Santa Clara’s Road Defense 74.1 230 65.5 19
St. Mary’s’s Home Rebounds vs Santa Clara’s Road Rebounds Allowed 34.7 278 33.5 66
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
SANTA CLARA
No trends to report
ST. MARY’S
St. Mary’s has allowed the third fewest points in the league at 56.1 per game.
St. Mary’s is second in three points made allowed in the league with 4.4 per game.
St. Mary’s is second in rebounds allowed in the league at 26.1.

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