NCAA hoops odds preview - Santa Clara vs. BYU
Santa Clara Broncos vs BYU Cougars Odds
The BYU Cougars will hit the floor running against the visiting Santa Clara Broncos Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.
BYU will face the 17-6 Broncos, who own a 9-9 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Cougars are 5-11-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Broncos are 7-8 favoring the OVER.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, BYU sat as 6-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cougars sit at No. 35 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Broncos sit at No. 78 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Broncos will win this game 83-82.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Broncos rank No. 128 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.1 per game. That compares with BYU’s No. 26 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where BYU is college basketball's No. 205-ranked team at 5.9 per game, while the Broncos rate No. 11 with 8.7 per game.
Defensively, Santa Clara features the nation's No. 130-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.6 points per game. BYU, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Santa Clara, they were a 70-46 winner as they battled Portland at home. They covered in the match as a 15.5-point favorite. Santa Clara cruised to victory on Thursday, running Portland out of the gym and running up a 70-46 score at Leavey Center.
BYU won its last outing, a 63-61 result against Pepperdine on January 31. They failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point favorite. BYU earned a 63-61 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday, getting 21 points from Tyler Haws at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Santa Clara Broncos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing St. Mary's are 4-6
After playing Portland are 4-6
After a win are 8-2
BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing San Diego are 2-3
After playing Pepperdine are 6-2
After a win are 7-3
Santa Clara home to St. Mary's, Thursday, February 7
BYU at San Diego, Thursday, February 7