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Bet Gonzaga to Cover vs Santa Clara

Two of the three teams tied atop the West Coast Conference standings are set to meet in Santa Clara. The college basketball betting lines have the visiting Bulldogs favored in this matchup.

Gonzaga has won its last 26 games against Santa Clara, with the last time the Broncos topped Gonzaga coming in 2011. This is just the second time in the last 23 meetings that the Bulldogs are single-digit favorites against Santa Clara.

Bet Gonzaga to Cover vs Santa Clara
Bet Gonzaga to Cover vs Santa Clara

When looking at NCAAB picks, guard Luka Krajnovic is out with a hand injury for Gonzaga as he hasn’t played since a Dec. 11 win over Mississippi Valley State. Eastern Washington transfer Steele Venters is out for the season.

Christian Hammond hasn’t played since early December for Santa Clara. However, the other 10 players to average more than 10 minutes per game look good to go.

Santa Clara is 4-2-1 against the spread as an underdog this season. It might be a bit challenging to add to that number against the favored Zags.

Gonzaga moved up one spot to No. 23 in the Associated Press poll and went from 25th to 21st in the USA Today coaches poll.

When looking at the NCAA basketball futures odds, Gonzaga is tied for 16th at +3500 in the odds of winning the national championship. The Bulldogs came into the season with the best odds of winning another West Coast Conference title. Santa Clara was fifth in the WCC championship odds.

Gonzaga vs Santa Clara Game Information

  • Game: Gonzaga 11-4 (2-0 in the West Coast Conference) vs Santa Clara 11-6 (2-0 in the West Coast Conference)
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jan. 11, 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Leavey Center, Santa Clara, CA
  • Gonzaga vs Santa Clara Live Stream: TBS.com

 

Santa Clara is 5-2 at home this season. The Broncos have won just one of their last four games as the home under. Gonzaga, which lost its only game this season as the road favorite, is 7-1 in the last eight games when listed by the sportsbook as the favorite on the road.

The Bulldogs are priced at -380 to win the game with Santa Clara at +300 on the moneyline according to the Las Vegas NCAAB odds.

Gonzaga vs Santa Clara Odds and Spreads

  • Gonzaga is 6-8 against the spread this season.
  • The total has gone over in 13 of the last 19 games between Gonzaga and Santa Clara.
  • Santa Clara is 5-3 as the underdog so far this season.
  • Only one of Santa Clara’s homes landed over the total.
  • Gonzaga has covered in just two of its last 11 road games.
  • The Bulldogs have covered against the Las Vegas NCAAB odds in just two of their previous seven games.
  • The total has gone under in six of Santa Clara’s last seven home games.
  • The Broncos are 4-2 against the college basketball spread in their last six games.

 

ATS Pick: Gonzaga -8

There are West Coast Conference teams that have given Gonzaga a tough time in recent years. Santa Clara is not one of those teams.

It is rather unusual to see Gonzaga as a single-digit favorite versus Santa Clara in NCAAB picks, even when the game is on the road. Santa Clara opened WCC play with wins over Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine, but look for that to end in a hurry when the favored Bulldogs look to continue their dominance against Santa Clara.

Over/Under Pick: Over 158

We would feel a little bit better with a lower total but with the way Graham Ike, Anton Watson and Nolan Hickman can get it going, look for the visiting Zags to put up a big number in this matchup.

Santa Clara doesn’t figure to crack 80 points after averaging 73 in its first two conference games, but the Broncos don’t need to go over that number for this game to land over 158 points.

Player Prop Pick: Gonzaga’s Ryan Nembhard Over 6 Assists (-182)

Creighton transfer Ryan Nembhard has nine, seven, nine and six assists over his last four games as he is getting more comfortable with his new teammates.

He has at least six assists in 10 of his games this season and figures to make it 11 against Santa Clara even if the Broncos’ first two WCC opponents averaged just nine assists.

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Gonzaga vs Santa Clara Prediction

Gonzaga 87, Santa Clara 72

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Is there any injury update that could affect the NCAAB lines for the game?


Santa Clara will miss Christian Hammond but the freshman is not among the top scorers for the Broncos so his absence shouldn’t impact the line.

Who is expected to be the top scorer for both Gonzaga and Santa Clara?


Gonzaga’s Graham Ike has scored between 19-22 points in each of his last four games while Adama Bal of Santa Clara has 49 points and seven 3-pointers in the last two games. Both of them are options to consider when it comes to the player props.

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