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San Francisco Dons vs. St. Mary's Gaels Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/20/14

St. Mary's Gaels (19-8) at San Francisco Dons (16-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 11:00 pm (War Memorial Gymnasium)

The Line: San Francisco Dons 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: Saint Mary’s and San Francisco eye sole possession of third place in the WCC when they face off at War Memorial Gymnasium Thursday.

The Breakdown: St. Mary’s dropped to 9-5 for third place in the WCC after suffering a 60-57 loss to BYU Saturday. The Gaels were outshot from the floor 50.0 percent to 41.5 percent, but hit 4 of 19 from outside the arc to the Cougars’ 1 of 8. The Gaels finished with a 36-29 advantage on the boards, but committed 14 turnovers and converted 9 of 15 from the free throw line. Junior F Brad Waldow had a team-high 17 points and 13 rebounds, senior G Stephen Holt scored 13 points, including 3 of 7 from distance, and senior G James Walker added 8 points. On the season, St. Mary’s is averaging 73.6 ppg on 45.9 percent shooting. Waldow leads the team with 16.2 ppg, followed by Holt at 14.3 ppg.

San Francisco Dons vs. St. Mary's Gaels Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/20/14

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Meanwhile, San Francisco sits in a tie with St. Mary’s, improving to 9-5 after a 69-63 victory over Santa Clara Saturday. Junior F Cruize Pinkins scored a team-high 26 points, including 10 of 11 from the foul line, senior F Cole Dickerson had 13 points and 14 points rebounds, and sophomore C Mark Tollefsen added 13 points and 8 boards. The Dons were outshot from the floor 40.0 percent to 37.5 percent and from outside the arc 32.0 percent to 30.0 percent, but finished with a 43-36 rebounding edge and converted 21 of 31 from the free throw line. Through 26 games, San Francisco is averaging 76.2 ppg on 47.7 percent shooting. Dickerson lead the team with 14.5 ppg, followed by G Cody Doolin at 13.0 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently at a PK. St. Mary’s dominated San Fran 88-73 at home a little over a month ago and have since gone 6-3, while the San Fran has gone 5-3. These two are fairly close statistically so the lean goes to the Dons by virtue of having home court.

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