Santa Clara (13-13, 5-4) at Pepperdine (6-18, 3-5)
Line: Santa Clara -8
Santa Clara defeated a good St. Mary’s team 70-52 to win their sixth game in a row. A four-game road trip awaits the Broncos before they return home to face Gonzaga. Santa Clara beat Pepperdine by 12 points in their first matchup of the season.
Pepperdine took out Loyola Marymount 58-43 on Saturday to sweep that season series. There are not too many teams other than Loyola that you could rack up 16 turnovers to just 6 assist, and still win easily. The game on Thursday will be just the second this month for the Waves. The long time between games can’t be good for focus or execution.
Santa Clara is 12-9-1 against the spread including 7-5 on the road
Pepperdine is 11-10 against the spread including 4-6 at home