The San Jose State Spartans (3-8), who are currently on a six-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they head to Leavey Center to meet the Santa Clara Broncos (10-2). Action starts at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
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The Spartans lost big to the Stanford Cardinal in their last matchup, 78-58. San Jose State’s Brae Ivey finished with 11 points and five rebounds in the contest. Stanford had an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.1 (above their season average of 24.1). San Jose State, meanwhile, did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (17-23; 73.9 percent).
In the Broncos’ last game, they topped the Sacramento State Hornets, 60-58. Santa Clara rallied around Josip Vrankic, who was the top scorer from either team with 15 points on 5-for-13 shooting. Santa Clara’s turnover percentage was their largest advantage over Sacramento State. The Broncos had a rate of 13.8 (better than their season average of 18.0), while the Hornets posted a mark of 25.0 (above their season average of 17.0).
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Santa Clara should have a substantial advantage. The upper-echelon Broncos offense ranks 100th in the nation in that metric at 0.535, while the San Jose State defense is ranked 222nd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.499).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Broncos won the lone game played against each other last season, 71-63. Santa Clara had a better turnover percentage (11.0 vs. 14.0). San Jose State, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of making free throws (7-10; 70.0 percent).
San Jose State Spartans at Santa Clara Broncos Betting Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Santa Clara, ATS Winner – San Jose State, O/U – Over
The Broncos rank 176th in steals per game (7.1) while the Spartans rank 184th in steals allowed per game (8.5).
San Jose State allows the 29th-fewest three pointers per game (18.9) while Santa Clara ranks 36th (17.9).
Santa Clara ranks 84th in assists per game (16.5) while San Jose State ranks 234th in assists allowed per game (16.5).
The Broncos rank 106th in rebounds allowed per game (34.3) while the Spartans rank 236th (39.0).
Santa Clara ranks 21st in blocks allowed per game (1.5) while San Jose State ranks 40th (2.6).
The Broncos’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.4, down from 11.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Spartans have scored an average of 57.2 points per game (6.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 76.8 points per game (0.3 above their season average).