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College basketball point spread favors Broncos in battle with Toreros

San Diego TorerosSanta Clara Broncos
10-8January 16, 2014, 10:00 | Leavey Center9-9

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Leavey Center Thursday as host Santa Clara looks to handle the San Diego Toreros in NCAA hoops action.

The Broncos currently sports a 9-9 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-8-1 ATS. The Toreros are 10-8 and 7-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Broncos produce a 7-7 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Toreros have gone 8-5 against the number.

View San Diego Toreros vs Santa Clara Broncos Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Santa Clara in this one found them as -3-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Broncos - Toreros odds would favor the Broncos if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Santa Clara is rated No. 178 in the current Odds Shark poll, while San Diego is at No. 216.

San Diego lost its last outing, a 69-65 result against Pepperdine on January 11. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point favorite. San Diego suffered a 69-65 loss against Pepperdine on Saturday, getting 17 points from Dennis Kramer in a losing effort at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Last time out for Santa Clara, they were an 80-68 loser as they battled Pacific on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. The Broncos endured an 80-68 loss at the hands of the Tigers on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from Brandon Clark at Spanos Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Santa Clara's No. 156-ranked scoring average of 71.89 PPG, against a Toreros defense rated No. 35 and allowing 64.06 PPG. The Broncos FG% has averaged 43.14% to date this season, less than the Toreros shooters have managed so far (44.91% per game).

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

Next up:
San Diego at San Francisco, Saturday, January 18th
Santa Clara at BYU, Saturday, January 18th