|-3 SCU (-105) @ pinnacle|
Pacific last played a game on 12/20 against a non-D1 team, before that they last played on 12/2. This is a team that returned a lot of players from last year but lost by far their best player, a do-it-all guy and only double digit scorer Jahlil Tripp. These teams are very similar to last year's versions with the loss of Tripp being the most significant between the 2 teams. They split their 2 matchups last season, with Tripp going off for 28 and 29 points in the 2 games.
Clara had some covid issues of their own but not to the extent of Pacific, and they grinded out a road W over St Mary's a few days ago, which should be give them some confidence entering this game here. Clara has some ugly shooting numbers this season, but the defensive efficiency has now crept into the top 50. Prior to PAcific's covid shutdown, they werent exactly lighting it up themselves offensively (40.9% effective fg% thru 3 D1 games). They also dont shoot many 3's at all. Santa Clara is shooting a terrible 23% from 3 this year and they dont attempt many, but there's less of a worry about their being a large disparity in 3 pointers made here as it is not a major source of offense for Pacific either.
It stands to reason Pacific, which wasnt looking so hot offensively anyway while adjusting to not having Tripp to carry them, will have potential rust/conditioning issues coming off this layoff. Clara should come in confident, a bit more in their normal routine/less rusty, and have the D numbers to hold Pacific down. Take my chances Clara will be a bit more prepared for this game here and that should result in a W, not asking much to cover 3 in a W.
Santa Clara -3