The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (1-10) look to snap their 10-game road losing streak when they challenge the Santa Clara Broncos (11-2), who will attempt to lengthen their 11-game home winning streak. Action gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, December 20, 2019.
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils vs. Santa Clara Broncos Betting Preview
The Delta Devils lost big to the Wright State Raiders in their last outing, 92-50. Mississippi Valley State’s Brandon Kimble put together a solid performance, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. One of Wright State’s biggest strengths was getting to the free throw line. They had 27 free throw attempts, while Mississippi Valley State had just eight.
In the Broncos’ last game, they defeated the San Jose State Spartans, 89-84. Santa Clara was lifted by Guglielmo Caruso, who was the game’s leading scorer with 25 points on 11-for-14 shooting. Santa Clara played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 18.5 (worse than their season average of 17.7) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.625 (above their season average of 0.535). San Jose State was 22.1 and 0.535, respectively, for those same stats.
There should be a fair amount of transition action in this contest that features a pair of the country’s more fast-paced teams. Santa Clara currently ranks 57th in possessions per game (73.5) and Mississippi Valley State is second (79.6). Furthermore, the Delta Devils, who rank 253rd in offensive rebounding percentage (26.0 percent), might have a tough time getting put-back points against the Broncos, who rank 58th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.5 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Broncos won the sole game played against each other last season, 82-54. The Broncos played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.175 and a great offensive rebounding percentage of 31.0. For those same stats, the Delta Devils were 0.052 and 21.1, respectively.
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils vs. Santa Clara Broncos ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Santa Clara, ATS Winner – Santa Clara, O/U – Over
Santa Clara ranks 114th in rebounds allowed per game (34.5) while Mississippi Valley State ranks 271st (49.1).
The Broncos’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.0, down from 11.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Delta Devils have scored an average of 70.6 points per game (4.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 80.0 points per game (14.4 below their season average).