Broncos vs. Bulldogs Prediction
The top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs are big favorites tonight at home versus the Santa Clara Broncos. Can the Zags cover the sizeable number?
Thursday, January 20, 2020
McCarthey Athletic Center at 11PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Bulldogs are a 20-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 153.5 points. As of Thursday afternoon, 72 percent of public bets are coming in on host Gonzaga. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Vrankic wins it for Broncos
Josip Vrankic scored the go-ahead basket with 9.4 seconds remaining Saturday night to send Santa Clara to a 67-66 victory at St. Mary's. The Broncos 15-3, 2-1 West Coast Conference) led 40-34 at halftime before having to battle to the end after the break. Vrankic led Santa Clara with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting plus 6-of-7 at the free throw line. He also pulled down 10 rebounds. D.J. Mitchell added 16 points, eight boards and two steals off the bench.
Bulldogs blast Lions
Gonzaga rolled to an 87-62 road win Saturday at Loyola Marymount to improve to 18-1 overall and 4-0 in conference action. The Zags led 38-22 at halftime on their way to the victory. Filip Petrusev paced the Bulldogs with 16 points on 4-of-9 shooting plus 8-of-11 at the charity stripe. He also registered seven rebounds and three assists. Corey Kispert accounted for 15 points and two dimes. Ryan Woolridge tallied 13 points, six caroms and five assists. Admon Gilder contributed 12 points and three rebounds off the bench. Drew Timme added 10 points, 11 boards, three assists and two blocked shots as a reserve.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Santa Clara is 1-4 ATS in its last five games as an underdog.
The Bulldogs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after a win by 20 or more points. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings.
The Broncos will be the best team the Bulldogs have played in four weeks and while the hosts should get the win, the 20 points is staring at me and I'd rather take it than give. Santa Clara comes in with a ton of confidence after the big win at St. Mary's and while Gonzaga is a few levels up in competition, my feeling is it can make this a decent game for long enough to stay within the number.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: SANTA CLARA BRONCOS +20