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#811 Pacific 133.5 vs.
#812 Santa Clara -4
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Saturday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the Pacific Tigers and the Santa Clara Broncos. This game will take place at the Leavey Center at approximately 9:00 P.M EST.

Pacific Looks For Another Conference Win

The Pacific Tigers have looked like an above average college basketball team so far this season. The Tigers have won 15 of their first 20 games and they enter this game on a high note after beating Portland on the road by ten points in their last game. In that game, Pacific's defense was fantastic as it only allowed 55 points while forcing the opposition to shoot just 33.3% from the floor. Now, Pacific will look for another conference victory on Saturday. Luckily for the Tigers, they have already won three of their first four conference games so they should be up for the challenge in this road game.

Leading the Tigers offensively is senior guard Jahlil Tripp who has been great this season. He is averaging a team-high 14.8 points per game along with a team-high 8.5 rebounds. In addition, he is averaging a team-high 1.5 steals per game so he has been very active on both sides of the ball.

Pacific's most underrated player is junior guard Justin Moorewho has been good so far this season. He is averaging 10.5 points per game along with 3.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds. In addition, he is shooting 48.5% from the three-point line so he has been very efficient from behind the arc up to this point.

Pacific's most underrated player is junior guard Justin Moorewho has been good so far this season. He is averaging 10.5 points per game along with 3.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds. In addition, he is shooting 48.5% from the three-point line so he has been very efficient from behind the arc up to this point.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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Even though both teams have been practically even this season, Santa Clara has been amazing at home this season so I have to take the Broncos in this spot. Santa Clara has won each of its first 14 home games so I think that it will continue playing well on Saturday in front of its home fans. Plus, Santa Clara is averaging roughly six more points per game so I am skeptical of Pacific's ability to score enough points in order to cover this spread. As a result, I think that there is some value with the home team in this spot. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Santa Clara -4

Full-Game Total Pick

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Both of these teams have been looked elite defensively up to this point in the season so I think that this total is too high. Pacific is allowing just 62.8 points per game while Santa Clara is allowing just 68.7 points per game so I think that both teams should be able to limit the opposition offensively for all 40 minutes. Plus, Pacific loves to play a very slow style of offense as it ranks 333rd in adjusted offensive tempo according to Kenpom rankings so I think that this game should be played primarily in the halfcourt which will lead to less opportunities in transition. Give me the under as a result.

Prediction: Under 133.5

Half-Time Side Pick

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Santa Clara enters this game following a long road trip so I think that the Broncos should be able to get out to a fast start at home in the first half of this game. I expect the crowd at Leavey Center to provide the Broncos with a huge spark for at least the first 20 minutes of this game. Plus, Santa Clara has been the much better offensive team up to this point so I think that Pacific will struggle to score enough points in order cover this number. Give me the home team as a result.

Prediction: Santa Clara 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.