The Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-4, 7-1 WCC) battle the Santa Clara Broncos (16-7, 4-4 WCC) at 11:00 PM ET on Thursday in WCC play.
Thursday’s matchup between the Bulldogs and the Broncos sees the Bulldogs as a double-digit favorite by 13 points. A 159.5-point over/under is set for the game.
Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Odds
Point Spread for Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara
The spread for this matchup is set at 13 points, with oddsmakers listing Gonzaga as the favorite.
Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Gonzaga has -1023 odds to pick up the win, while Santa Clara is listed at +654 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 159.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, February 2, 2023
- Game Time: 11:00 PM ET
- Location: Spokane, Washington
- Arena: McCarthey Athletic Center
Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Betting Trends
Against the spread, Gonzaga is 7-14-0 this season. The Bulldogs have been favorites in 17 games this season and have come away with the win 14 times (82.4%) in those contests. Gonzaga’s games this year have gone over the total in 11 out of 22 opportunities (50%).
In Santa Clara’s 22 games this year, it has 12 wins against the spread. The Broncos have a 4-5 record in games they were listed as the moneyline underdog (winning 44.4% of those games). Santa Clara’s games this season have gone over the point total 10 times in 22 opportunities (45.5%).
Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Key Players to Watch
Drew Timme leads the Bulldogs with 21.4 points per game and 7.5 rebounds, while also averaging 3.3 assists. Julian Strawther puts up 14.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest, shooting 48.1% from the field and 43.5% from beyond the arc with 2.3 made 3-pointers per game. Anton Watson is putting up 10.5 points, 2.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds per contest. Nolan Hickman leads the Bulldogs at 3.6 assists per contest, while also averaging 2.5 rebounds and 8.3 points.
Brandin Podziemski paces the Broncos in scoring (19.0 points per game), rebounding (8.2) and assists (3.3), making 47.1% from the field and 41.9% from beyond the arc with 2.2 triples per contest. He also averages 1.9 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Keshawn Justice gives the Broncos 13.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest. He also puts up 0.9 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Carlos Stewart is putting up 15.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, making 42.7% of his shots from the field and 36.7% from beyond the arc, with 1.6 triples per contest. The Broncos receive 8.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game from Parker Braun.
What you need to know about the Gonzaga Bulldogs
In Gonzaga’s eight WCC games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total three times. The Bulldogs own a top-25 offense this season, ranking best in college basketball with 86.3 points per game. At the other end, they rank 284th with 73.4 points allowed per contest. Gonzaga is pulling down 34.0 rebounds per game (77th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing 29.1 rebounds per contest (73rd-ranked).
Offensively the Bulldogs have performed better in home games this year, putting up 93.3 points per game, compared to 81.3 per game away from home. Gonzaga is sinking 7.9 treys per game this season (126th-ranked in college basketball), and it has a 38.3% three-point percentage (21st-best). The Bulldogs are ceding 8.0 threes per game (272nd-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opponents to shoot 34.5% (246th-ranked) from beyond the arc.
The Bulldogs are 4-6 against the spread and 9-1 overall over their last 10 games. Five of Gonzaga’s last 10 games have hit the over. Gonzaga’s offense has been improved over its last 10 games, putting up 91.2 points per contest compared to the 86.3 it has averaged this year. Gonzaga has been slightly better on the defensive end of the floor recently, allowing 73.0 points per game over its last 10 outings compared to the 73.4 it has surrendered per game this year.
What you need to know about the Santa Clara Broncos
Santa Clara has won six games against the spread this year in conference action, while failing to cover twice. The Broncos are 91st in the country in points scored (75.4 per game) and 256th in points conceded (72.0). With 35.3 rebounds per game and 29.8 rebounds conceded, Santa Clara is 37th and 101st in the country, respectively.
In 2022-23 the Broncos are averaging 3.2 fewer points per game at home (75.1) than on the road (78.3). In 2022-23, Santa Clara is 112th in the nation in 3-point makes (8.0 per game) and 134th in 3-point percentage (35.1%). In 2022-23, the Broncos are 327th in college basketball in 3-pointers conceded (8.7 per game) and 328th in defensive 3-point percentage (36.8%).
The Broncos are 7-3 against the spread and 6-4 overall in their last 10 games. Santa Clara has gone over the total in five of its last 10 contests. Santa Clara has played better offensively in its past 10 games, scoring 77.4 points per contest, 2.0 more than its season average of 75.4. While the Broncos are surrendering 72.0 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse over their previous 10 games, allowing 74.3 points per contest.
Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this game is Gonzaga, and we predict that Santa Clara will cover the spread (Gonzaga -13). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 159.5 points.
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