Santa Clara Broncos visit Pepperdine Waves in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
Santa Clara Broncos vs Pepperdine Waves Odds
Firestone Fieldhouse features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Pepperdine Waves and the visiting Santa Clara Broncos in college hoops action on Saturday.
The Waves sit at 9-8 (7-5-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Broncos are currently 13-6 (7-8 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Pepperdine is 5-5 OU, and Santa Clara is 6-6 OU.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Pepperdine sat as 7.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Waves, most recently No. 162 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Broncos, who rate No. 105 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 78-66 victory for the Broncos.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pepperdine's No. 276 nationally ranked offense (62.5 points per game) against a Broncos defense that sits as the No. 213 at 67.9 PPG. The Waves have been averaging 44.5% from the field, more than the Broncos have managed so far this season (44.2% on average).
Defensively, Santa Clara features the nation's No. 157-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.2 points per game. Pepperdine, meanwhile, comes in at No. 318 nationally in scoring at home.
Santa Clara won its last outing, an 85-54 result against San Francisco on January 17. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point favorite. Santa Clara cruised to victory on Thursday, running San Francisco out of the gym and running up an 85-54 score at War Memorial Gymnasium.
Last time out for Pepperdine, they were a 62-50 loser as they battled San Diego at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. Pepperdine got 9 points from Stacy Davis but lost anyway, 62-50, to San Diego on Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Santa Clara Broncos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing San Francisco are 3-7
After a win are 7-3
Pepperdine Waves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Loyola Marymount are 2-8
After playing San Diego are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4
A few Broncos at Waves trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Santa Clara's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pepperdine
Santa Clara is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Santa Clara is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Pepperdine
Santa Clara is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pepperdine's last 9 games when playing Santa Clara
Pepperdine is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Santa Clara
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pepperdine's last 5 games when playing at home against Santa Clara
Pepperdine is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
Santa Clara home to CS Bakersfield, Wednesday, January 23
Pepperdine at Loyola Marymount, Thursday, January 24