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Pepperdine Waves vs Broncos College Hoops Game Preview

Pepperdine WavesSanta Clara Broncos
9-5January 02, 2014, 10:00 | Leavey Center7-7

Santa Clara will look to improve on its 7-7 record on Thursday when they host Pepperdine in NCAA basketball odds action at Leavey Center.

This season, the Broncos are 7-7 overall and 3-6-1 ATS, while the Waves are 9-5 and 8-3 ATS. As for the totals, Santa Clara boasts a 5-5 on the OU, and Pepperdine is 7-4.

View Pepperdine Waves vs Santa Clara Broncos Odds and Stats.

The Waves were listed as 5.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

This game puts the Broncos, most recently No. 215 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Waves, who rate No. 201 in the latest survey.

In their last action, Pepperdine was an 80-74 winner at home against BYU. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Waves grabbed an 80-74 win over the Cougars on Monday, behind a 24-point effort from Malcolm Brooks at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Santa Clara was a 76-68 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Portland. They covered the 6.5-point spread as underdogs. Santa Clara got 20 points from Brandon Clark en route to a 76-68 victory over Portland on Monday at Earle A. Chiles Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Waves is ranked No. 154 in NCAA hoops at 35.79 per game. Contrast that with Santa Clara’s No. 213 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Santa Clara is the No. 46-ranked team in the country at 7.8 per game, while Pepperdine rates No. 85 at 7.07 per game.

A few Waves at Broncos trends to consider:
Pepperdine is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pepperdine is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Pepperdine is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Santa Clara
Pepperdine is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Santa Clara
Santa Clara is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Santa Clara is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Santa Clara is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Pepperdine
Santa Clara is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pepperdine

Next up:
Pepperdine at San Francisco, Saturday, January 4th
Santa Clara at Loyola Marymount, Saturday, January 4th