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College Basketball Point Spread Betting Line Favors BYU Cougars in Battle with Santa Clara Broncos

The college basketball betting odds menu features a clash between BYU and Santa Clara on Thursday, with the host Cougars trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread line.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Santa Clara Broncos opened as 13.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Santa Clara Broncos vs BYU Cougars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The BYU Cougars currently sport a 9-4 record overall in NCAA basketball action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-5 ATS. The Santa Clara Broncos are 6-7 and 5-6 ATS. Betting totals have seen the BYU Cougars produce a 2-8 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Santa Clara Broncos have gone 5-6 against the totals betting line.

The Cougars - Broncos odds would favor the Cougars if the lines were set according to our power ranks. BYU is rated No. 36 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Santa Clara is at No. 80.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features BYU's No. 24-ranked scoring average of 84.31 PPG, against a Santa Clara Broncos defense rated No. 64 and allowing 65.54 PPG. The BYU Cougars FG% has averaged 45.99% to date this season, more than the Santa Clara Broncos shooters have managed so far (43.45% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Broncos got 30 points from Jared Brownridge as Santa Clara ran past Valparaiso 87-80 on Thursday at Athletics-Recreation Center.

BYU got 23 points from Nick Emery en route to a 81-71 victory over Cal State-Bakersfield on Thursday at Marriott Center.

Betting Trends
  • Santa Clara is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
  • Santa Clara is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of Santa Clara's last 19 games on the road
  • Santa Clara is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games when playing BYU
  • BYU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • BYU is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games when playing Santa Clara
  • BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Santa Clara

Next Betting Matchups

Santa Clara home to San Francisco, Saturday, December 31st
BYU at Loyola Marymount, Saturday, December 31st