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College Basketball Matchup - Santa Clara Broncos BYU Cougars Odds Preview

BYU CougarsSanta Clara Broncos
12-7January 18, 2014, 10:00 | Leavey Center9-10

The Santa Clara Broncos will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the BYU Cougars at Leavey Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Broncos are 9-10 so far on the season, and 5-9-1 ATS vs. the number. The Cougars, meanwhile, are 12-7 and 7-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Santa Clara go 8-7 and the Cougars go 4-12 on the totals.

View BYU Cougars vs Santa Clara Broncos Odds and Stats.

Santa Clara opened as 7.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Broncos at No. 178 and the Cougars at No. 53 heading into this contest.

Last time out for BYU, they were an 83-76 winner as they battled San Francisco on the road. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. The Cougars grabbed an 83-76 win over the Dons on Thursday, behind a 19-point effort from Kyle Collinsworth at War Memorial Gymnasium.

Last time out for Santa Clara, they were a 69-66 loser as they battled San Diego at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. The Broncos endured a 69-66 loss at the hands of the Toreros on Thursday, despite a 21-point effort from Brandon Clark at Leavey Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Santa Clara's No. 157-ranked scoring average of 71.6 PPG, against a Cougars defense rated No. 237 and allowing 77.53 PPG. The Broncos FG% has averaged 43.32% to date this season, less than the Cougars shooters have managed so far (46.69% per game).

A few Cougars at Broncos trends to consider:
BYU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of BYU's last 6 games
BYU is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
BYU is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Santa Clara is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Santa Clara is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing BYU
Santa Clara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing BYU

Next up:
BYU at Portland, Thursday, January 23rd
Santa Clara at San Francisco, Saturday, January 25th