The Santa Clara Broncos play the BYU Cougars. See our college basketball odds series for our prediction and pick for BYU Santa Clara. How to watch BYU Santa Clara is explained.
Santa Clara Broncos and BYU Cougars both have experiences in college basketball season that they may connect to. Both teams had late-game leads over Gonzaga at home but allowed the Zags to win.
For both teams, those close defeats to Gonzaga were crushing. To have a realistic chance of competing in the NCAA Tournament, BYU and Santa Clara required that caliber of high-caliber victory. In order to push for an NCAA bid, both teams need every advantage and victory they can get. However, after losing to Gonzaga at home, they both have virtually little room for error.
The WCC’s third-place matchup is this contest. The winning club will finish third behind Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s, the two best teams in the league and the institutions that have dominated WCC basketball for the majority of the last decade. The loser will most probably need to win the WCC Tournament in early March in order to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, therefore it’s a crucial game.
Here are the BYU-Santa Clara College Basketball odds provided by FanDuel:
Cougars at BYU: +2.5 (-110)
Broncos of Santa Clara: -2.5 (-110)
Over: 146.5 (-105) (-105)
Here’s the non-call on Fox, which was immediately followed by a clear-path foul on Max Christie that sealed the win for the Kings.
I’m sure this will make the Lakers and Lakers fans feel so much better. pic.twitter.com/Re6ioCX7mv
— Michael Corvo (@michaelcorvoNBA) January 19, 2023
Under: 146.5 (-115)
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 13, 2023
With losses at home to South Dakota and Utah Valley in the opening two weeks of the season, this BYU club had a terrible first impression. It appeared as though BYU’s season would be a complete failure. Then, though, BYU stood up from the floor and began to fight back. Creighton was defeated by the Cougars in a remarkable performance. They triumphed over Utah to win the crucial intrastate matchup.
BYU developed to the point that Gonzaga was in serious trouble. It’s true that BYU let that game slip away, but over the past five weeks, this squad has grown and improved significantly. Players have grown under coach Mark Pope, and BYU has avoided stagnation or regression.