Santa Clara Broncos vs Cal Poly Mustangs Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Santa Clara Broncos vs Cal Poly Mustangs
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Robert A. Mott Athletics Center in San Luis Obispo, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Santa Clara (-10.5)
The Santa Clara Broncos (4-0) head to Robert A. Mott Athletics Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Cal Poly Mustangs (1-1). Santa Clara opens this contest as 10.5-point favorites. The total is set at 137.
Santa Clara will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 4-0 so far this season. They lose possession via turnover 11.8 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.5 fouls every game. As a team, Santa Clara is pulling in 42.0 rebounds per game and is sitting with 42 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 173rd in the country in terms of passing. The Broncos are shooting 21.4% on shots from distance (15 of 70) and 62.4% from the free throw line. They average 63.5 points per outing (258th in the country) while shooting 38.4% from the field. On defense, the Broncos are able to force 15.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 24.8 personal fouls. The Broncos are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 32.0% (74 of 231) and they concede 37.0 boards per contest as a squad. They currently rank 166th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 44 relinquished so far this season. They relinquish 26.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 8th in college basketball in opponents PPG (54.0).
The Santa Clara Broncos faced off with the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners and walked away with a win by a score of 53-47 in their last contest. Santa Clara ended having earned a 29.4% FG percentage (15 out of 51) and knocked down 1 out of their 17 shots from 3-point land. When shot from the charity stripe, the Broncos converted 22 of 31 shots for a percentage of 71.0%. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they collected 26 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 6 assists in the game while getting 7 steals and 6 blocked shots. In relation to the defense, Santa Clara allowed 29.4% from the field on 15 of 51. CSU Bakersfield distributed 11 dimes and 4 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Roadrunners collected 34 boards (7 offensive, 27 defensive) and earned 6 blocked shots. CSU Bakersfield shot 80.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 12 of 15 attempts. They also converted 1 out of their 5 tries from beyond the arc.
Christian Carlyle is someone who saw a lot of minutes in the matchup. He ended up scoring 9 points on 1 of 5 shooting. He saw the court for 35 minutes and snagged 2 rebounds. Carlyle finished the game at 20.0% from the field and also totaled 4 dimes. Another guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Broncos was Keshawn Justice. He totaled 7 rebounds and also earned 2 assists. He finished the game shooting 20.0% from the field for this game by connecting on 2-of-10 (6 points). When the final whistle blew, Justice saw the court for 33 min.
Cal Poly has a record of 1-1 so far this year. Cal Poly has tallied 160 points for the campaign (80.0 per contest) and they grab 39.5 rebounds per game. The Mustangs are responsible for committing 15.5 personal fouls every game and they go 68.3% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Mustangs are hitting on 46.8% from the field, which has them ranked 147th in college basketball. They are earning an assist 21.0 times per game (14th in the nation) and they are turning it over 14.5 times per contest. The Mustangs on defense are ranked 118th in Division 1 in points allowed per contest with 67.0. The Cal Poly defense gives up 35.3% on 3-point shots (18 of 51) and opponents are making 58.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 12.5 dimes and 31.5 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 138th and 62nd in Division 1. They are able to force 21.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.9% from the field (173rd in D-1).
The last time they took the court, the Cal Poly Mustangs took a loss by a final score of 88-60 against the San Francisco Dons. The Mustangs were able to snag 21 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 31 for the contest. They stuffed 4 shots while earning 13 steals for the game. The Dons were called for 19 personal fouls for this contest which got the Mustangs to the free throw line for a total of 21 shots. They were able to bury 13 of those for a percentage of 61.9%. Pertaining to 3-pointers, Cal Poly converted 3 out of their 17 attempts (17.6%). Overall, the Mustangs ended up shooting 22 out of 59 from the field which had them at 37.3%. The Mustangs allowed the Dons to convert 32 of their 55 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 58.2% for this game. They shot 43.5% from 3-point land by shooting 10 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 22 from the free throw line (63.6%). With respect to team rebounding, Cal Poly allowed San Francisco to pull down 33 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Mark Crowe ended up having an impact for the Mustangs in the matchup. He converted 2 out of 8 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 25.0%, which earned him 4 points. Crowe collected 2 rebounds in his 29 minutes and earned 2 dimes for this game. Someone else that ended up playing a role for Cal Poly was Riley Till. He accumulated 7 points in 22 minutes on the court by way of 2 of 5 from the floor in this game. Till finished going 40.0% from the floor and also totaling 2 assists and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cal Poly (+10.5)
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