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Santa Clara favored by 11.5 against Eastern Michigan on Thursday

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Dec 29, 11:15 PM | Leavey Center

Eastern Michigan Eagles vs Santa Clara Broncos Odds

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The Santa Clara Broncos will hit the floor running against the visiting Eastern Michigan Eagles Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Eagles will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 2-5 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Broncos are 3-5 ATS. Eastern Michigan is 3-4 against the total, while Santa Clara is 5-3 versus the number.

View Eastern Michigan vs Santa Clara Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Santa Clara sat as 11.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Broncos sit at No. 168 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Eagles sit at No. 241 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Broncos will win this game 67-57.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Santa Clara has the nation's No. 109-rated offensive output, at 72.4 PPG. The visiting Eagles defense ranks No. 93 allowing on average 63.1 PPG. The Broncos FG% has averaged 40.8% so far, more than the Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 36.9% per game.

Defensively, Eastern Michigan features the nation's No. 97-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.8 points per game. Santa Clara, meanwhile, comes in at No. 70 nationally in scoring at home.

Eastern Michigan was a 71-50 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Virginia Tech. They failed to cover the 18.5–point spread as underdogs. Eastern Michigan was run off the court by the Hokies on Thursday as Virginia Tech routed them 71-50 at Cassell Coliseum.

Santa Clara lost its last outing, a 72-71 result against Houston Baptist on December 21. Kevin Foster scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Broncos to a win (they lost 72-71 to Houston Baptist at Sharp Gym on Wednesday).

Eastern Michigan Eagles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 0-10
Before playing Northern Illinois are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

Santa Clara Broncos Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Portland are 3-7
After playing Houston Baptist are 1-2
After a loss are 8-2

A few Eagles at Broncos trends to consider:
Eastern Michigan is 2-14 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Santa Clara is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Santa Clara is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games

Next up:
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, Saturday, January 7
Santa Clara at Portland, Thursday, January 5

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