The Santa Clara Broncos (1-2) and the Idaho Vandals (2-1) face off in the Great Alaska Shootout at Alaska Airlines Center. The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 137.5 points with neither team favored. Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Idaho Vandals vs. Santa Clara Broncos Betting Preview
The Vandals were victorious over the Sam Houston State Bearkats in their last game, 63-54. Victor Sanders was the top scorer from either team with 22 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Idaho played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.600 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.8. For those same stats, Sam Houston State had marks of 0.091 and 16.7, respectively.
The last time the Broncos played, they were defeated by the Cal Poly Mustangs, 63-59. With 14 points and 13 rebounds, Santa Claras Henry Caruso had a good performance. Cal Poly had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.556 vs. 0.397). Santa Clara, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (9.5 vs. 22.4).
It could be a tough game for Santa Clara on the offensive glass. Dating back to last season, the Broncos rank 346th in offensive rebounding percentage (20.0 percent), while Idaho ranks 31st in defensive rebounding percentage (74.8 percent).
Since last season, the Vandals have had records of 20-14 straight up (SU) and 16-15 against the spread (ATS). Since last season, Idaho games have had a tendency to go over the O/U total (54.8 percent).
The Broncos, meanwhile, have records of 18-18 SU and 15-17-1 ATS since last season. Vegas has been fairly accurate when setting the O/U total of Santa Clara games over that same time frame with 18 unders compared to 15 overs.
Idaho Vandals vs. Santa Clara Broncos Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Santa Clara, ATS Winner – Santa Clara, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Vandals rank 238th in blocks per game (2.6) while the Broncos rank 282nd (1.9).
- Santa Clara ranks 15th in three pointers allowed per game (17.4) while Idaho ranks 283rd (24.1).
- The Vandals rank 101st in rebounds per game (37.2) while the Broncos rank 315th (30.0).
- Santa Clara ranks first in steals allowed per game (3.8) while Idaho ranks 77th (5.6).