Santa Clara Broncos vs Washington State Cougars 3-15-22

Santa Clara Broncos vs  Washington State Cougars 3/15/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Santa Clara Broncos vs  Washington State Cougars 3/15/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Santa Clara Broncos and the Washington State Cougars will battle for the first round of the NIT Men’s Basketball tournament on Tuesday, March 15 at 11:00 p.m. ET at the Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA. 

 

The Santa Clara Broncos ended the regular season with a 21-11 record and placed third in the West Coast Conference.  The Washington State Cougars ended their regular season with a 19-4 record and are in sixth-place in the Pac-12.    

 

The Santa Clara Broncos took a narrow loss of 72-75 in their WCC Semifinals match against the number 17 ranked Saint Mary’s Gaels.  Santa Clara had to chase a 5-point deficit at the half but failed to defeat Saint Mary’s despite scoring better in the second half. 

 

Keshawn Justice and Josip Vrankic scored 21 points each.  Vrankic also grabbed 8 rebounds.  Jalen Williams had 15 points and handed 6 assists. 

 

The Broncos shot 40.6 which is 9% lower than the Gaels.  They made 5 of 13 in three-points and only 15 of 23 free throws.  They were edged in rebounding 35-38 but forced Saint Mary’s to turn over the ball 8 times.  

 

As a team, Santa Clara is averaging 78.1 ppg which is 34th.  Their 35.3 rebounds is tied for 214th.  Their 15.2 assists per game is 52nd in the league.  Santa Clara’s key player in offense is Jalen Williams with 18 ppg and 4.2 assists per game. 

 

Parker Braun leads with 56.6% in FG shooting and 1.2 blocks per game.  On defense, Keshawn Justice leads with 6.4 rebounds while Josip Vrankic leads with 1.2 steals per game. 

 

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Santa Clara Broncos vs  Washington State Cougars Predictions 3/15/2022

 

The Washington State Cougars dropped their Pac-12 Quarter Final match against the number 13 ranked UCLA Bruins at 65-75.  Washington State recovered from a 12-point deficit at the half but was unable to close the gap despite a better second-half performance. 

 

Andrej Jakimovski led with 15 points.  Tyrell Robers added 14 points while Dishon Jackson had 11 points off the bench.  The Cougars shot 41.5%, 6% lower than the Bruins.  They made 8 of 29 three-pointers and 13 of 16 in free throws.  The Cougars were outrebounded, 25-40 but forced UCLA 12 turnovers. 

 

After 23 games, the Cougars recorded an average of 71.9 ppg which is 167th, 36.5 rebounds per game is 136th, and 11.2 assists per game is 375th in NCAA Men’s Basketball. 

 

Michael Flowers leads Washington State with an average of 14 ppg and 3.3 assists per game.  Efe Abogidi leads in field goal attempts at 50.8% and leads with 5.7 rpg and 1.7 blocks per game.  Noah Williams leads with 1.1 steals per game.  

 

Santa Clara Broncos vs Washington State Cougars.  The NCAAB pick is the Santa Clara Broncos.  Santa Clara is better in offense, scoring 7 more points per game compared to Washington State.  The  Broncos exhibited great offense in their last 5 games, averaging 89 points which include their 102 points against Portland State. 

 

Washington State has been inconsistent and is only 7-12 against the spread at home.  Taking the win on the road is the Santa Clara Broncos with a final score prediction of 78-74. 

 

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Santa Clara Broncos vs  Washington State Cougars 3/15/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 11:00 P.M. ET

 

Location: Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum

 

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

 

TV: ESPNU

 

NCAAB ODDS: Washington State Cougars -2.5

 

NCAAB TOTALS: 151.5

 

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