Authored by College Basketball Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2015 Basketball game on Thursday January 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST.
The (11-4) BYU Cougars of the West Coast Conference will make the trip from the Beehive State to Northern California to take on the (6-7) Santa Clara Broncos also of the WCC 2015 NCAA Basketball action. The teams will play at the on campus Leavey Center Santa Clara, California. This Sports Handicapper believes the BYU Cougars will probably get in the 2015 NCAA Basketball March Madness Tournament, but they will finish behind Gonzaga in the Conference. Santa Clara will struggle to get into the post-season but are a formidable opponent at home. The betting line has BYU as a 6-point home favorite Against The Spread, the betting odds total is not available for Thursday’s game.
The 2014-15 BYU Cougars guard Tyler Hawes should become the school’s all-time leading scorer by the time the season ends. The Cougars produced Danny Ainge and Devin Durrant both were very good shooters. The Cougars lose over 24 points from graduated players and has a cast of newcomers competing for playing time. The Cougars have beaten Santa Clara 10 straight times and should be eleven after Thursday. BYU lost to in-state rivals Utah by four points on December 10th, 65-71. The betting odds over is 6-2 their last eight overall. BYU is 3-7 on NCAA Basketball ATS Betting Expert Predictions their last ten this season. The Cougars lost to Gonzaga at home 87-80 on December 27th. BYU may need to win the Conference Tournament to solidify a spot in the “BIG DANCE”. The two losses to top 25 programs on their home court may cost them and put them in the First Four or NIT. The key to a BYU win is focus and putting the Gonzaga loss behind.
The 2014-15 Santa Clara Broncos haven’t had notoriety since the day’s on future NBA Hall of Famer Steve Nash ran the point in the San Francisco suburb. The program is geared toward backcourt play; Jared Brownridge and Brandon Clark are proven players that can score and distribute. Brownridge had 30-points against BYU last year and were capable of putting the team on hs back. Santa Clara Center Yannick Atanga has experience in the post but is limited skill wise. Santa Clara is 13-31 Against The Spread their last 44 at home. The Santa Clara Broncos have lost three of four straight up. The Broncs are 4-5-1 ATS their last ten and have stayed under all five when a total posted. The key to a Broncos win is to make open shots and take advantage of the home crowd.
Free Pick: BYU-6.