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Santa Clara Broncos vs Portland Pilots Betting Matchup Report

Portland PilotsSanta Clara Broncos
12-10February 01, 2014, 10:00 | Leavey Center9-13

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Portland when they take on the Santa Clara Broncos on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

The Broncos sport a record of 9-13 and 6-11-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Pilots have 12-10 and 14-8 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 9-9 for the Broncos and 11-11 for the Pilots.

View Portland Pilots vs Santa Clara Broncos Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Santa Clara in this one found them as -2-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 163-ranked Broncos and the No. 140-rated Pilots in this matchup.

Portland was an 84-71 loser in their most recent outing on the road against San Francisco. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs. The Pilots got 15 points from Alec Wintering, but it was San Francisco that prevailed in an 84-71 final on Wednesday at War Memorial Gymnasium.

Santa Clara was a 54-52 loser in its last match at home against Gonzaga. They covered the 11-point spread as underdogs. The Broncos endured a 54-52 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs on Wednesday, despite a 15-point effort from Evan Roquemore at Leavey Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Santa Clara's No. 167-ranked scoring average of 70.91 PPG, against a Pilots defense rated No. 200 and allowing 73.5 PPG. The Broncos FG% has averaged 42.88% to date this season, less than the Pilots shooters have managed so far (45.6% per game).

A few Pilots at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Portland's last 9 games
Portland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Portland is 4-19 SU in its last 23 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Portland's last 7 games when playing Santa Clara
Santa Clara is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Santa Clara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Santa Clara is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Santa Clara's last 7 games when playing Portland

Next up:
Portland at Gonzaga, Wednesday, February 5th
Santa Clara at BYU, Thursday, February 6th