The Santa Clara Broncos (8-2) can continue an eight-game home winning streak when they take on the California Golden Bears (5-3) at Leavey Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
California Golden Bears vs. Santa Clara Broncos ATS Preview
In the Golden Bears’ last contest, they were beaten by the San Francisco Dons, 76-64. Kareem South had a solid performance for California, leading the team in scoring with 20 points on 7-for-16 shooting. San Francisco had a much better turnover percentage (14.1 vs. 19.7). California, meanwhile, did an excellent job of getting and making free throws (18-25; 72.0 percent).
The Broncos are hoping for a better outcome after their 98-67 loss to the Nevada Wolf Pack in their last game. With seven points and seven rebounds, Santa Clara’s Josip Vrankic put together a good game. Nevada was lights out from beyond the arc (14-28; 50.0 percent). Santa Clara, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 10.2 (better than their season average of 18.2).
It will be a battle of opposite tempos as the fast-paced Broncos will look to push the more half-court-oriented Golden Bears. Since last season, the Broncos rank 22nd in possessions per game while the Golden Bears are 278th. Additionally, the Golden Bears’ 257th-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 101.0) will go head-to-head against the Broncos’ 14th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 100.4).
The Golden Bears won the lone contest against the Broncos last season, 78-66. The Golden Bears’ 12.4 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over the Broncos, who had a rate of 27.5.
California Golden Bears at Santa Clara Broncos Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – California, ATS Winner – California, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
Santa Clara ranks 22nd in three pointers allowed per game (19.5) while California ranks 221st (23.3).