Duke Blue Devils vs Santa Clara Broncos Preview
Santa Clara Broncos vs Duke Blue Devils Odds
Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Santa Clara when they take on the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday in college hoops betting action.
The Blue Devils currently sports a 11-0 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-4 ATS. The Broncos are 11-2 and 5-4 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Blue Devils produce a 5-6 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Broncos have gone 3-3 against the number.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Broncos were listed as 18-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Blue Devils at No. 9 and the Broncos at No. 111 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 90-86 result in favor of the Blue Devils.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Duke's No. 18 nationally ranked offense (80.4 points per game) against a Broncos defense that sits as the No. 130 at 63.9 PPG. The Blue Devils have been averaging 48.3% from the field, more than the Broncos have managed so far this season (45.1% on average).
Defensively, Santa Clara features the nation's No. 48-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.3 points per game. Duke, meanwhile, comes in at No. 57 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Santa Clara was a 69-45 winner at home against Wagner. They covered the 11.5-point spread as favorites. Santa Clara cruised to victory on Saturday, running Wagner out of the gym and running up a 69-45 score at Leavey Center.
Duke won its last outing, a 76-54 result against Elon on December 20. They failed to cover in that game as a 23.5-point favorite. The battle between the Blue Devils and Phoenix didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Elon was handed a 76-54 defeat on Thursday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Santa Clara Broncos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing San Francisco are 5-5
After playing Wagner are 0-1
After a win are 9-1
Duke Blue Devils Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Davidson are 9-1
After playing Elon are 1-0
After a win are 10-0
A few Broncos at Blue Devils trends to consider:
Santa Clara is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Duke is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Duke is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games at home
Santa Clara home to San Francisco, Wednesday, January 2
Duke at Davidson, Wednesday, January 2