TOM STRYKER’S FREE NCAA BASKETBALL SELECTION SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH
#774 SAN FRANCISCO (-) over Santa Clara at 11 PM EST
After running the gauntlet of San Diego, St. Mary’s and Gonzaga and suffering an 0-3 SU and ATS record, San Francisco will get back on track on Saturday night when Santa Clara visits for this huge rivalry game. The Dons have been lights out inside the friendly confines of War Memorial at the Sobrato Center and they will show no mercy against the Broncos.
It certainly won’t take much for USF to get up for this contest. Last year, the Dons were a 10-point favorite at home against the Broncos and they lost outright 65-62. Thankfully, at home checking in off three or more road games, San Francisco owns a reliable 8-2 SU and 6-3 ATS record. Also, in conference play after battling Gonzaga, USF has responded well notching a respectable 8-4 SU and 9-3 ATS mark. Lastly, when hitting the hardwood off a blowout loss of 25 points or more, the Dons have posted a noteworthy 11-4 SU and 10-3 ATS record including a nearly perfect 10-1 ATS in this set if they’re running with three days of rest or less.
Off back-to-back straight up wins over Portland and Pepperdine, Santa Clara will meet its match at San Francisco. Since 2007, in the regular season, the Broncos hold a weak 14-22-2 ATS mark provided they are running the court against an opponent that arrives off back-to-back SU and ATS losses. If Santa Clara destroyed the pointspread by double-digits last, this team trend drops to a nasty 0-6 ATS. Also, when checking in off a straight up underdog win, the Broncos hold a timid 15-23 SU and 15-22 ATS record in their next game including a pathetic 9-22 ATS in this set provided this is not a postseason game.
Even off the three straight up losses, the Dons are off to their best 23-game start since the 1981-82 season. With another home game on deck against Pepperdine followed by three more back on the road, head coach Kyle Smith will make sure his kids protect War Memorial with a massive “W”. Take San Francisco. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
Counting last night’s victory on Akron, Stryker improved his red-hot basketball run to 17-5 ATS for 77.3 percent plus +35.5 stars and he’s isolated a rare 6* Late Phone play for Saturday. This top-rated wager is supported by one phenomenal 50-16 ATS power angle and incredible home versus road dichotomy applies. Grab Tom’s Rare 6* College Basketball Best Bet for $30.