The Gonzaga Bulldogs continue to dominate the West Coast division. They line up against the Santa Clara Broncos in this weekend’s set of NCAAB games. Gonzaga remains undefeated since the first week of December and is now holding onto a 15-game winning streak. In the meantime, the visitors fell in the hands of San Francisco and snapped a four-game winning streak. The side will try to recover from the 16-point defeat, but it’s not going to be easy to slip one by the top team in the league right now.
NitroBetting covers the Santa Clara vs. Gonzaga essentials. We feature important game details, team and player stats, and the latest NCAAB odds. More than that, you can find betting trends and predictions that help you lock in on the best picks.
Santa Clara vs. Gonzaga Game Information
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- When: Saturday, February 19, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
- Where: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WA
- TV: FOX 28, Root Sports
- Radio: KDOW-AM 1220 (Santa Clara) / 103.5 The Game (Gonzaga)
- Live Stream: WCCSports.com
- NCAAB Betting Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Santa Clara Broncos?
Santa Clara has the benefit of a healthy roster. Despite losing to Gonzaga in the first meeting of the season, the hosts produced some positive results along the way. They have to play back-to-back games, with the first one against LMU. The results of the game are yet to be determined, but they should have the obvious advantage in the matchup.
As of this writing, the Broncos average 76.7 points (35th) per game. They have shooting numbers that can cause trouble, including a 53.7% two-point (44th) and 37.5% three-point (28th) shooting. These numbers help the side hit a 48.5% shooting percentage (11th). Santa Clara also has decent ball movement. The team averages 15.2 assists (39th) per game.
Defense is where we expect Santa Clara to struggle. The team allows 71.0 points (213th) per game. They have a shaky shooting defense at 42.8% (135th). However, the side does have tighter defense inside the arc. The Broncos limit opponents to 46.9% two-point shooting. On top of that, they can put their defensive rebounding figures to the test against the strangest rebounding team right now. Santa Clara averages 25.7 boards (39th) in 26 games played.
Why Bet on the Gonzaga Bulldogs?
Gonzaga has its eyes on the prize once again. The team is on a roll and is yet to lose in conference play. Since losing to the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs have been locked, making their way to the longest winning streak of the season so far.
The Bulldogs are capable of winning from both ends of the floor. They have the best offensive stats in the league right now, averaging 89.9 points (first) per game. This is possible through a league-best 53.5% shooting and a 62.2% two-point shooting (first) percentage. Gonzaga can also hit deep shots. They hit 37.8% of their three-point attempts. This effectively puts together an impressive 60.2% effective field goal percentage (first).
Defensively, the Bulldogs set the bar high for Santa Clara. They limit teams to 64.4 opponent points (39th) per game. Gonzaga also has a striking shooting defense that limits opponents to 37.1% shooting (third). The team guards the perimeter well and keeps the opponent’s three-point percentage to 29.% (13th). Overall, Gonzaga tops the 2021-22 NCAAB opponent effective field goal percentage to 42.0%.
Santa Clara vs. Gonzaga Betting Trends
- Gonzaga is 5-0 in the last five road games (4-1 ATS).
- Gonzaga is 3-0 in the last three games against Santa Clara (1-2 ATS).
- The totals went under in two of Gonzaga’s last four games against Santa Clara.
- Santa Clara is 4-1 in the last five games at McCarthey Athletic Center (4-1 ATS).
- Santa Clara is 0-3 in the last five home games against Gonzaga (1-2 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of Santa Clara’s last five games against Gonzaga.
Santa Clara vs. Gonzaga Expert Betting Prediction
Gonzaga is the clear favorite in this contest. They have the home-court advantage to go with an outstanding overall record. It might even be near impossible for the team to enter the game as underdogs. Nevertheless, we look forward to Santa Clara standing its ground. They know what the team lacked in their first meeting. Head coach Herb Sendek can make several adjustments to try and hold off. Covering the spread should be doable for the side. But, a win needs all components at its best to get close to a striking Gonzaga lineup.
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