Santa Clara vs Gonzaga 2020 College Basketball Lines, Game Info & Prediction

Santa Clara vs Gonzaga 2020 College Basketball Lines, Game Info & Prediction

Written by on January 16, 2020

The top ranked team in the nation hosts the Santa Clara Broncos on Thursday night a massive 20-point favorite. Gonzaga is 18-1 straight up. Will the Zags punish Santa Clara? Or, will the Broncos find a way to keep this within the spread? Keep reading for college basketball odds, a preview, and a free pick for Santa Clara vs Gonzaga!

Santa Clara vs Gonzaga 2020 College Basketball Lines, Game Info & Prediction

  • When: Thursday, Jan. 16 at 11:00 pm ET
  • Where: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WA
  • TV: ESPN2
  • ATS Odds: Gonzaga -20
  • Over/Under Odds: 155

Why the Santa Clara Broncos are a good bet +20?

Santa Clara has stepped it up this season. The Broncos are 15-3 SU. The second best team in the Pacific Conference is on an 8-game winning streak. During the streak, they are 5-3 against the spread. The Broncos are 3-1 ATS in their last 4. Although they shouldn’t beat the Zags, they can cover as a +20 dog. Opponents average less than 67 points versus Santa Clara.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Points/G: 78.4
  • Field Goal %: 48
  • 3-Point %: 36.7
  • Free Throw %: 76.4
  • Rebounds/G: 33
Defense:
  • Points/G: 66.7
  • Field Goal %: 40.1
  • 3-Point %: 34.7
  • Free Throw %: 71.1
  • Rebounds/G: 31.6

Why the Gonzaga Bulldogs are a good bet -20?

Gonzaga’s lone loss happened against the Michigan Wolverines. That was back on Nov. 28. Since the loss, the Zags have rolled. They beat Oregon 73-72, Arizona 84-80, Washington 83-76, and North Carolina 94-81. The Zags have dominated their Pacific Conference. At home, Gonzaga should beat up the Broncos. They can cover the massive spread on Thursday night.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Points/G: 66.7
  • Field Goal %: 40.1
  • 3-Point %: 34.7
  • Free Throw %: 71.1
  • Rebounds/G: 31.6
Defense:
  • Points/G: 87.8
  • Field Goal %: 50.2
  • 3-Point %: 38.5
  • Free Throw %: 65.8
  • Rebounds/G: 38.6

College Basketball Betting Trends for Santa Clara Broncos vs Gonzaga Bulldogs

  • Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games
  • Santa Clara is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win
  • Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog
  • Under is 4-0 in Broncos last 4 games versus a team with a winning % above .600
  • Gonzaga is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games versus a team with a winning percentage above .600
  • Bulldogs are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games versus a team with a road winning percentage less than .400
  • Gonzaga is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an SU win of more than 20 points
  • Over is 6-0 in Bulldogs last 6 games

Santa Clara vs Gonzaga Final NCAAB Betting Analysis:

Gonzaga should run the table and grab the top seed in the 2020 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. But even though they’re almost a lock to get the top seed, it doesn’t mean they’re a lock to cover 20-point spreads.

In fact, the Zags have failed to cover at home in 3-of-4. They couldn’t cover the 14 points versus the Tar Heels, 34 ½ when they played Detroit, or 21 points versus Pepperdine. The game against Pepperdine threw up red flags. Not only did the Zags fail to cover but they only beat the Waves by 5 points, 75-70.

Santa Clara is a legit basketball team. The Broncos have covered in 4-of-5. They should keep this matchup much closer than the spread. Back Santa Clara at +20 versus the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Jan. 16.

NCAAB Free Pick: Santa Clara +20

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