The Santa Clara Broncos (9-2) can continue a nine-game home winning streak when they take on the Sacramento State Hornets (6-1) at Leavey Center. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
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The last time the Hornets played, they edged the Cal State Fullerton Titans, 62-59. Ethan Esposito was Sacramento State’s high scorer with 16 points on 4-for-14 shooting. Sacramento State played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.489 (above their season average of 0.256) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.5 (below their season average of 34.0). For those same stats, Cal State Fullerton was 0.283 and 25.0, respectively.
The Broncos will look to keep it rolling after blowing out the California Golden Bears in their last contest, 71-52. Santa Clara received a boost from Guglielmo Caruso, who was the game’s high scorer with 16 points on 5-for-6 shooting. The Broncos held the Golden Bears to an effective field goal percentage of 0.316 (below their season average of 0.533) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.4 (below their season average of 24.8).
This game should be a matchup of opposite paces. Santa Clara ranks 33rd in possessions per game (69.2) while Sacramento State is 225th (68.8) dating back to last season.
Sacramento State Hornets vs. Santa Clara Broncos Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Santa Clara, ATS Winner – Sacramento State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Hornets rank 63rd in steals per game (7.5) while the Broncos rank 161st in steals allowed per game (6.7).
Santa Clara ranks 112th in three pointers attempted per game (21.9) while Sacramento State ranks 270th (16.1).
The Broncos rank third in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while the Hornets rank 118th (3.5).
Santa Clara averages 14.4 assists per game, which ranks 13th in the nation. Sacramento State ranks 115th in assists allowed per game (12.4).