Santa Clara at Gonzaga 1/5/19 - NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions
The Santa Clara Broncos visit McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington on Saturday to play the No. 7 ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Broncos improved to 9-6 on the season after defeating San Diego 68-56 on Thursday in its opening game of the West Coast Conference schedule. Tahj Eaddy led the Broncos with 30 points in the win.
Gonzaga defeated CSU Bakersfield 89-54 on Monday in the Bulldogs final tune up before the start of its West Coast Conference schedule. Gonzaga is now 13-2 on the season. Rui Hachimura led the Bulldogs with 22 points. The Bulldogs have now won four straight since losing two straight to Tennessee and North Carolina.
Tahj Eaddy leads Santa Clara in scoring with an average of 16.7 points per game. The leading rebounder for the Broncos is Josh Martin with an average of 9.9 per game. Trey Wertz leads the Broncos in assists with an average of 4.9 per game. Santa Clara is shooting 46.2% from the field and 36.8% form 3-point territory.
Rui Hachimura leads Gonzaga in scoring with an average of 21.2 points per game. Brandon Clarke is the second leading scorer and leader in rebounds with averages of 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Josh Perkins is leading the Bulldogs in assists with an average of 7.1 per game. Gonzaga is shooting 53.3% from the field and 37.9% from 3-point territory.
While Gonzaga should win this matchup in the WCC, Santa Clara has had success versus the Bulldogs against the number. The Broncos have covered the number in 5 of the last 7 played at Gonzaga and in 9 of the last 12 overall against the Bulldogs. Final Score Prediction, Gonzaga Bulldogs win but fall short ATS 84-67.