Boise State vs Santa Clara Basketball Prediction & Picks: Will Podziemski come up big in battle of Broncos?
We have a non-conference battle of the Broncos this afternoon at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara, as Boise State (10-2) visits Santa Clara (11-3) in a matchup that is scheduled to tip off at 5:00 pm ET (2:00 pm local time).
Today’s game is the finale of what has been a pretty successful non-conference slate for both of these teams.
Since losing to South Dakota State and Charlotte and starting 1-2, Boise State has won nine in a row. That includes wins over Washington State, Colorado, and Texas A&M, all of which were by double digits.
Santa Clara’s three losses are to Utah State (9-1), UCF (9-3), and San Jose State (9-4), and they have won three straight since losing to the Spartans.
Who will take the win at the Leavey Center? Read on for our Boise State vs Santa Clara basketball prediction, as well as our betting picks for the matchup.
Boise State vs Santa Clara Odds
- Boise State -1.5 (-118)
- Santa Clara +1.5 (-104)
- Over 139.5 (-104)
- Under 139.5 (-118)
- Boise State -130
- Santa Clara +108
Will Defense Propel Boise State to Another Win?
If the Broncos are to hold serve at home against the other Broncos, they will have to break down one of the best defensive teams in college basketball.
Entering today, Boise State ranks ninth in both scoring defense (57.1 PPG) and field goal percentage defense (36.7 percent), and they are fifth in three-point defense (26.0 percent).
They have allowed fewer than 60 points in eight games, including each of their last four.
More often than not, they have been able to produce enough offense to win those games, save for a 54-42 loss to Charlotte on November 17.
Boise State has been impressive on both ends in their last two games, beating New Orleans 91-50 and Oakland 77-57.
Both of those wins came without guard Marcus Shaver Jr. (14.8 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 4.1 APG), who leads the team in scoring, rebounding, and assists. Shaver is listed as day-to-day, but coach Leon Rice spoke optimistically about his status on Tuesday.
Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.