Santa Clara Broncos at Gonzaga Bulldogs Free Pick 01/16/20

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The No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-1, 4-0 WCC) welcome the Santa Clara Broncos (15-3, 2-1 WCC) to McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs will attempt to continue their 10-game winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.

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In the Broncos’ last contest, they edged the Saint Mary’s Gaels, 67-66. Josip Vrankic led Santa Clara in scoring with 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting. The Broncos had a turnover percentage of 14.7 (better than their season average of 17.5) and held the Gaels to an effective field goal percentage of 0.427 (below their season average of 0.563).

The Bulldogs hope to maintain momentum after blowing out the Loyola Marymount Lions in their last contest, 87-62. Gonzaga rallied around Drew Timme, who recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds. Gonzaga dominated every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 34.5 (above their season average of 34.2) and a free throw rate of 0.288 (above their season average of 0.245). Loyola Marymount recorded marks of 11.4 and 0.193, respectively, for those same stats.

It could be a tough game for Santa Clara on the offensive glass. The Broncos currently rank 296th in offensive rebounding percentage (24.3 percent), while Gonzaga ranks 22nd in defensive rebounding percentage (77.3 percent).

This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after the Bulldogs won both contests last season. In the most recent contest, Gonzaga won 98-39. The Bulldogs dominated every facet of the game. They had a fantastically low turnover percentage of 2.5 and an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 38.9. For those same stats, the Broncos recorded marks of 24.8 and 14.3, respectively.

Santa Clara Broncos at Gonzaga Bulldogs Free Prediction

Pick: SU Winner – Gonzaga, ATS Winner – Santa Clara, O/U – Under

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Betting Notes:

The Broncos rank 36th in three pointers allowed per game (18.6) while the Bulldogs rank 108th (21.1).

Santa Clara ranks 12th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while Gonzaga ranks 80th (3.2).

Gonzaga ranks 17th in rebounds per game (41.2) while Santa Clara ranks 166th (35.2).

The Bulldogs average 18.2 assists per game, which ranks fourth in the NCAA. The Broncos rank 85th in assists allowed per game (11.8).

Gonzaga averages 7.5 steals per game, which ranks 80th in the country. Santa Clara ranks 152nd in steals allowed per game (7.2).

Bettings Trends:

The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 21.6, up from 20.5 for the season.

During their last five games, the Broncos have scored an average of 60.0 points per game (14.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 53.2 points per game (10.0 below their season average).

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