The Bulldogs and Broncos are set to face off at 9:30 ET on ESPN. The Broncos will host the game at Leavey Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Bulldogs are the favorites in this West Coast conference matchup the against the Broncos. The over/under for the game is set at 157.5 points.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS VS SANTA CLARA BRONCOS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Santa Clara Broncos +9

This game will be played at Leavey Center at 9:30 ET on Thursday, January 11th.

WHY BET THE SANTA CLARA BRONCOS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Broncos.
  • Not only will Santa Clara pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +9.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 157.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Does Gonzaga Have A Chance at Leavey Center?

After winning their last game against San Diego by a score of 101-74, Gonzaga comes into this game with a record of 11-4. Over their last ten games, the Bulldogs have been outstanding on the road, going 8-2.

So far this season, Gonzaga has been favored in 12 of their 15 games, going 10-2 in those contests. On the road, the Bulldogs have been winning by an average of 4.0 points per game.

As the favorite, Gonzaga has gone just 6-6 against the spread this season. However, their ATS mark as the favorite is 2-1 in their last three games and 4-6 in their last 10.

So far this season, the over/under record for Gonzaga games is 7-7. The average scoring total in their games is 151.1 points, which is 2.1 points lower than their average over/under line of 153.2. Today’s over/under line of 157.5 is higher than the average scoring total in their games, and there have been three games with a higher over/under line than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 159 points.

Gonzaga’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 101 points vs. San Diego. Overall, they hit 56.5% of their shots from the field and went 13/21 from the free-throw line. Leading Gonzaga in scoring vs. San Diego was Ben Gregg with his 22 points. Graham Ike also added 19 points for the Bulldogs.

So far, the Bulldogs’ defense is ranked 96th in the country at 68.2 points per contest. The Gonzaga defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 74 points and allowed San Diego to connect on 10 threes.

Will Santa Clara Win at Home?

After a 78-72 win over Pepperdine, Santa Clara has won two straight games and has an overall record of 11-6. The Broncos are 2-0 in West Coast Conference play and 9-6 in non-conference games. They have gone 5-4 at home this season.

So far, Santa Clara has been the underdog in seven of its 17 games, going 4-3 in those contests. The Broncos have gone 2-3 in their last five home games and 6-4 in their last 10.

As the underdog this season, Santa Clara has gone 4-3 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS record is 6-9. In their last 10 games as the underdog, the Broncos have an ATS mark of 6-4. However, at home this year, Santa Clara is just 2-7 vs. the spread and their ATS record in their last 10 home games is 2-6.

On the season, the over/under record in Santa Clara games is 6-8-1. So far, the average scoring total in Broncos games is 144.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 157.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (149.9). In their last three games, the over/under record is 0-2-1 and the average scoring total is 133 points.

In their latest game, Santa Clara offense put up 78 points against Pepperdine. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 49% and made 7 threes. Adama Bal was the leading scorer for the Broncos, putting up 28 points. In addition, Carlos Marshall Jr contributed 12 points.

Santa Clara’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 71.5 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.5 threes per game vs. Gonzaga. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.2%.