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BYU Cougars host Santa Clara Broncos in college basketball action

Santa Clara BroncosBYU Cougars
9-14February 06, 2014, 11:00 | Marriott Center15-9

BYU will look to improve on its 15-9 record on Thursday when they host Santa Clara in NCAA basketball odds action at Marriott Center.

BYU battles the Broncos, currently sitting with a 9-14 mark (6-12-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-13 for the Cougars and 9-10 for the Broncos.

View Santa Clara Broncos vs BYU Cougars Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Broncos were listed as 16-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

This game puts the Cougars, most recently No. 29 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Broncos, who rate No. 171 in the latest survey.

Santa Clara was a 76-64 loser in their most recent outing at home against Portland. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Broncos endured a 76-64 loss at the hands of the Pilots on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from Jared Brownridge at Leavey Center.

BYU was an 84-71 winner in their most recent outing at home against St. Mary's. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. Tyler Haws poured in a team-high 33 points for BYU on Saturday, as they defeated St. Mary's 84-71 at Marriott Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Broncos is ranked No. 231 in NCAA hoops at 31.92 per game. Contrast that with BYU’s No. 5 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, BYU is the No. 195-ranked team in the country at 5.29 per game, while Santa Clara rates No. 58 at 7.38 per game.

Next up:
Santa Clara at San Diego, Saturday, February 8th
BYU at San Francisco, Saturday, February 8th