Odds, Pick & Preview for Gonzaga vs Santa Clara

Odds, Pick & Preview for Gonzaga vs Santa Clara

The second-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs have had Santa Clara’s number in recent years, should you bet on them to win again tonight?

The one-loss Gonzaga Bulldogs are gunning for their 23rd win of the season when they face the Santa Clara Broncos in tonight’s college hoops tilt at the Leavy Center in California. Gonzaga is a monster double-digit favorite of 17.5 points against the home team Broncos of Santa Clara.

These two teams went head to head on Jan 10th and SCU was dismantled by Gonzaga by a score of 79-57, so tonight’s double digit college hoops betting spread isn’t a stretch.

A Closer Look At The Odds, My Pick & Game Preview for Gonzaga vs Santa Clara

Matchup: (2) Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Santa Clara Broncos
Date: Feb. 5, 2015 
Start Time: 11:00 p.m. ET 
Location: Santa Clara, California
Stadium: Leavey Center
TV Info: ESPN 2
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio:  Gonzaga Vs Santa Clara
Point Spread: Gonzaga Bulldogs -17.5

Gonzaga Will Cover the Spread If

They’re as hot on the offensive end as they often are.

Gonzaga averages 80.9 points per game from close to 53% shooting from the field. They shoot 40% from behind the arc as a team. It’s all led to a 4-2-1 against the spread record in road games this season. Versus the Memphis Tigers, a team that allows 62 points and less than 40% shooting per game, the ‘Zags shot 55.3% from the field, 50% from three-point land and scored 82 points.

Four out of their starting 5 ended up in double-figures in scoring, including Przemek Karnowski who scored 17 points and grabbed 11 boards. Domantas Sabonis came off the bench for 13 points and 11 boards against Memphis. If the Bulldogs’ are shooting lights out, they’ll easily cover the spread versus Santa Clara.

Santa Clara Will Cover the Spread If

The Broncos’ defense can hold Gonzaga below 70 points.

After losing 57 to 79 to Gonzaga in the first matchup between these two, Santa Clara won 4 games in a row:  77 to 63 over St. Katherine, 77 to 64 over San Francisco, 65 to 62 over Loyola-Marymount, and 60 to 57 over Pepperdine.

The key number for Santa Clara is 70.  Whenever they hold a team below 70 points, their chances of winning the game and covering the spread go up tremendously. Gonzaga scored 44 points in the first half versus the Broncos in their first contest. Santa Clara did a much better job in the second half by holding the ‘Zags to only 36 points.

The Broncos will need to be much better defensively in this matchup than they have so far been doing. They cannot afford to allow Gonzaga to shoot at the average allowed, 44.9%, because Santa Clara only scores 62.3 points and shoots 41.8% on average on their end. Their only chance of covering this spread is to hold Gonzaga under 70 points and finding a way to get much better defensively in a hurry.

Final Score Prediction – Gonzaga Bulldogs 81, Santa Clara Broncos 63