BYU vs. Santa Clara Prediction – Basketball Picks for 1/19/23

Santa Clara Broncos (15-5) vs BYU Cougars (14-7)

Game Info: Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 11:00 pm (Leavey Center)

Betting Odds: Santa Clara Broncos -2 — Over/Under: 146.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The BYU Cougars will play the Santa Clara Broncos in a WCC game on Thursday night at the Leavey Center in Santa Clara, California.

BYU Preview

The BYU Cougars are 14-7 (4-2) this season after they defeated Pepperdine by a score of 91-81 in their last game. BYU shot 50.9% from the field and made 25 free throws in the win. The BYU Cougars are averaging 75.3 points per game, 67.8 points against per game, 39.8 rebounds per game, and 15.8 assists per game. Fousseyni Traore led the Cougars this season with 12.8 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, and 1.4 assists per game. BYU is shooting 44.6% from the field, 70.3% on free throws, and 33.7% on three pointers this year.

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Santa Clara Preview

The Santa Clara Broncos are 15-5 (3-2) this season after they defeated Pacific by a score of 92-81 in their last game. Santa Clara shot 47.8% from the field and was +22 in rebounding margin in the win. The Santa Clara Broncos are averaging 75.2 points per game, 70.5 points against per game, 40.3 rebounds per game, and 13.9 assists per game. Brandin Podziemski led the Broncos this season with 18.7 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game. Santa Clara is shooting 43.8% from the field, 73.4% on free throws, and 35% on three pointers this year.


BYU is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. The under is 6-1 in BYU’s last 7 games. Santa Clara is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games. The under is 9-3 in Santa Clara’s last 12 games.


Both of these teams come into this game after alternating wins and losses in their last five games and are separated by only 0.5 games in the WCC standings. Both teams are scoring over 75 points per game, but BYU has allowed about 3 fewer points per game on defense. This game could go either way, but I like BYU as the better defensive team.

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