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Pepperdine favored by -6.5 against Santa Clara on Saturday

Santa Clara BroncosPepperdine Waves
11-18March 01, 2014, 08:00 | Firestone Fieldhouse15-14

The Pepperdine Waves will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Santa Clara Broncos at Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Waves sit at 15-14 (17-9 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Broncos are currently 11-18 (9-15-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Pepperdine is 11-14-1 OU, and Santa Clara is 11-14 OU.

View Santa Clara Broncos vs Pepperdine Waves Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Waves installed as -6.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Waves rated this week at No. 228 and the Broncos sitting at No. 193.

Santa Clara was a 75-71 loser in its last match on the road against Loyola Marymount. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Santa Clara suffered a 75-71 loss against Loyola Marymount on Thursday, getting 19 points from Evan Roquemore in a losing effort at Gersten Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Broncos rank No. 230 in NCAA Division 1 with 31.97 per game. That compares with Pepperdine’s No. 146 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Pepperdine is college basketball's No. 119-ranked team at 6.17 per game, while the Broncos rate No. 52 with 7.4 per game.

A few Broncos at Waves trends to consider:
Santa Clara is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
Santa Clara is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Santa Clara's last 9 games
Santa Clara is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pepperdine is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pepperdine's last 5 games
Pepperdine is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Pepperdine is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home