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Pepperdine Waves vs Broncos College Hoops Game Preview

Pepperdine WavesSanta Clara Broncos
Feb 16, 10:00 PM | Leavey Center

Pepperdine Waves vs Santa Clara Broncos Odds

12-13TEAM RECORD18-8

The Santa Clara Broncos will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Pepperdine Waves at Leavey Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Waves will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 12-8-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Broncos are 9-12 ATS. Pepperdine is 10-8 against the total, while Santa Clara is 9-9 versus the number.

View Pepperdine vs Santa Clara Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 14-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Broncos, most recently No. 105 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Waves, who rate No. 224 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 77-65 victory for the Broncos.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Santa Clara's No. 28-ranked scoring average of 75.6 PPG, against a Waves defense rated No. 182 and allowing 66.5 PPG. The Broncos FG% has averaged 44.1% to date this season, less than the Waves shooters have managed so far (44.6% per game).

Defensively, Pepperdine features the nation's No. 155-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.9 points per game. Santa Clara, meanwhile, comes in at No. 85 nationally in scoring at home.

Pepperdine won its last outing, a 52-50 result against Loyola Marymount on February 14. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Pepperdine got 16 points from Jordan Baker en route to a 52-50 victory over Loyola Marymount on Thursday at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Santa Clara was a 61-52 winner in their most recent outing at home against San Diego. They failed to cover the 11.5-point spread as favorites. The Broncos got 17 points from Marc Trasolini as Santa Clara ran past San Diego 61-52 on Thursday at Leavey Center.

Pepperdine Waves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing San Francisco are 2-8
After playing Loyola Marymount are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

Santa Clara Broncos Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Gonzaga are 4-6
After playing San Diego are 2-8
After a win are 7-3

A few Waves at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pepperdine's last 7 games when playing on the road against Santa Clara
Pepperdine is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Pepperdine is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Santa Clara
Santa Clara is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Pepperdine
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Santa Clara's last 7 games when playing at home against Pepperdine
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Santa Clara's last 10 games when playing Pepperdine
Santa Clara is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
Pepperdine at San Francisco, Saturday, February 23
Santa Clara at Gonzaga, Wednesday, February 20