Gonzaga vs Santa Clara Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, January 7, 2023

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-3, 2-0 WCC) will attempt to build on an eight-game winning stretch when visiting the Santa Clara Broncos (14-4, 2-1 WCC) on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at Leavey Center. This game is at 10:00 PM ET.

The Bulldogs play the Broncos in a game that Gonzaga is currently a solid favorite by 8.5 points. The matchup’s point total is 158.5.

Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Odds

Point Spread for Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara

The spread for this matchup is set at 8.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Gonzaga as the favorite.

Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Gonzaga has -380 odds to pick up the win, while Santa Clara is listed at +296 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 158.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, January 7, 2023
  • Game Time: 10:00 PM ET
  • Location: Santa Clara, California
  • Arena: Leavey Center

Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Betting Trends

Gonzaga has five wins against the spread in 15 games this season. The Bulldogs have come away with nine wins in the 11 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Gonzaga’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under nine times in 17 opportunities (52.9%).

Against the spread, Santa Clara is 9-8-0 this season. The Broncos have been the underdog on the moneyline seven total times this season. They’ve finished 4-3 in those games. Santa Clara has eclipsed the over/under 35.3% of the time this season (six of 17 games with a set point total).

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Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara Key Players to Watch

Gonzaga

Drew Timme is tops on his squad in both points (21.9) and rebounds (8.1) per game, and also puts up 3.4 assists. Defensively, he averages 1.0 steal and 1.0 block. Julian Strawther is posting 13.7 points, 0.9 assists and 7.4 rebounds per game. Anton Watson is putting up 9.6 points, 2.1 assists and 5.1 rebounds per contest. Rasir Bolton posts 11.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Defensively, he puts up 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocked shots.

Santa Clara

Brandin Podziemski is No. 1 on the Broncos in scoring (18.8 points per game), rebounding (8.6) and assists (3.4), shooting 46.0% from the field and 39.4% from 3-point range with 2.2 triples per game. He also averages 2.2 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. Keshawn Justice gets the Broncos 12.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. He also averages 0.7 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. Carlos Stewart gets the Broncos 14.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. He also delivers 1.3 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Parker Braun gets the Broncos 8.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He also puts up 0.4 steals and 1.1 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the Gonzaga Bulldogs

Gonzaga covered nine times in 16 chances against the spread in conference play last season. The Bulldogs are allowing 72.8 points per game this year (274th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve really thrived offensively, putting up 86.3 points per contest (fifth-best). Gonzaga is grabbing 34.2 boards per game (98th-ranked in college basketball). It is ceding 28.8 rebounds per contest (59th-ranked).

Gonzaga is sinking 7.7 treys per game (162nd-ranked in college basketball). It owns a 38.1% shooting percentage (35th-ranked) from downtown. The Bulldogs are 226th in the nation with 7.5 treys allowed per game this season. Meanwhile, they rank 152nd with a 32.4% shooting percentage allowed from three-point land.

The Bulldogs have gone 8-2 over their last 10 games, with a 3-7 record against the spread during that span. Five of Gonzaga’s last 10 games have hit the over. Gonzaga has been scoring 88.2 points per contest in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly higher than the 86.3 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign. The past 10 games have seen Gonzaga concede 1.7 fewer points per game (71.1) than its season-long average (72.8).

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What you need to know about the Santa Clara Broncos

The Broncos put up 74.2 points per game and allow 69.3, ranking them 142nd in the country on offense and 198th defensively. On the glass, Santa Clara is 36th in college basketball in rebounds (36.2 per game). It is 136th in rebounds allowed (30.4 per game).

At 8.2 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 35.3% from beyond the arc, Santa Clara is 107th and 114th in college basketball, respectively, in those categories. The Broncos give up 8.3 3-pointers per game and concede 34.9% from beyond the arc, ranking 298th and 271st, respectively, in the nation.

The Broncos are 5-5 against the spread and 8-2 overall over their last 10 contests. Santa Clara has gone over the total twice in its past 10 contests. In its past 10 games, Santa Clara is averaging 74.2 points per contest, the same number of points as its season average. Over their past 10 games, the Broncos are ceding 68.7 points per game, 0.6 fewer points than their season average (69.3).

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 -8.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 158.5 points.

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How to bet Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara

You can bet on Gonzaga vs. Santa Clara at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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