St. Mary's vs. UC Irvine - 11/23/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine Anteaters (2-1) at St. Mary's Gaels (3-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 9:00 pm (McKeon Pavilion)
The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UC Irvine Anteaters and Saint Mary’s Gaels play Sunday night at the McKeon Pavilion.
The UC Irvine Anteaters are 2-1 and coming off their loss to the Arizona Wildcats. On the season, UC Irvine is averaging 61 points on 42.3 percent shooting and are allowing 60.5 points on 36.8 percent shooting. Luke Nelson leads UC Irvine with 12 points and four assists while Alex Young is averaging 9.7 points and five rebounds. Mamadou Ndiaye is scoring 8.3 points and grabbing 3.3 rebounds, and Will Davis II has nine rebounds in his last two games. The UC Irvine Anteaters are the favorites to win the Big West due to their terrific defense that is producing nearly six blocks and six steals per game. This is a big game after getting roughed up in the loss to Arizona. Dominique Dunning is questionable for this game with a thigh injury.
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The Saint Mary’s Gaels are unbeaten and will play their fourth straight home game. On the season, Saint Mary’s is averaging 80.5 points on 59.4 percent shooting and is allowing 66.5 points on 40 percent shooting. Brad Waldow leads Saint Mary’s with 19.3 points and 9.7 rebounds while Kerry Carter is averaging 17.7 points and eight rebounds. Emmett Naar leads the Gaels with 7.3 assists and Aaron Bright is the third Saint Mary’s player to average double-digit points. The Saint Mary’s Gaels ability to shoot lights out of the gym and rebound the basketball makes them a true threat in the West Coast Conference. Once former Washington player Desmond Simmons gets going, Saint Mary’s has the potential to be a scary good basketball team.
The Anteaters are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. West Coast and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sunday games. The Gaels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. win.
While UC Irvine is the best the Big West has to offer, it's a team that doesn't have enough offensive weapons to hang with Saint Mary's for 40 minutes. Look for the Gaels to pull away in the second half and win by double digits.