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BYU Cougars vs. St. Mary's Gaels - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Mary's Gaels (18-5) at BYU Cougars (18-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Marriott Center)

The Line: BYU Cougars -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Saint Mary's Gaels will travel to the Marriott Center to take on the BYU Cougars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Saint Mary's Gaels improved to 18-5 (10-2 WCC) on the season after defeating the Pacific Tigers, 73-58, this past Saturday. Saint Mary's shot 54.5% from the field and 54.5% (12-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Gaels was Desmond Simmons who had 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. Saint Mary's is ranked 63rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 126th ranked SOS. On the season, the Gaels have been led by Brad Waldow (20.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Kerry Carter (12.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 spg). Saint Mary's is averaging 70.2 ppg (ranked 105th) on 46.6% shooting (ranked 48th). The Gaels average 7.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 79th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.36 (ranked 24th).  Saint Mary's is holding their opponents to an average of 63.1 ppg (ranked 98th) on 42.5% shooting (ranked 160th).  The Gaels pull down 36.43 total rpg (ranked 81st) and have a rebound margin of 7.9 (ranked 15th).

BYU Cougars vs. St. Mary's Gaels - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The BYU Cougars improved to 18-8 (8-5 WCC) on the season after defeating the Loyola Marymount Lions, 87-68, this past Saturday. BYU shot 45.8% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Kyle Collinsworth who had 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. BYU is ranked 67th in the RPI Standings and has played the 91st ranked SOS. On the season, the Cougars have been led by Tyler Haws (22.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Kyle Collinsworth (13.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 5.8 apg). BYU is averaging 84.9 ppg (ranked 1st) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 44th). The Cougars average 8.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 21st) and shoot 77.4% from the free-throw line (ranked 5th). BYU is holding their opponents to an average of 73.5 ppg (ranked 321st) on 43.3% shooting (ranked 204th). The Cougars pull down 38.65 total rpg (ranked 25th) and have a rebound margin 4.6 (ranked 47th).

The Gaels are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win. The Cougars are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games vs. the WCC and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Saint Mary's has really been getting it down on the defensive end and has a star in Brad Waldow. BYU is currently the highest scoring team in the country and recently got a monster performance by Kyle Collinsworth who had his fifth triple-double of the season. BYU is tough to stop on the offensive end however, I think that Saint Mary's defensive will be up to the challenge and that this game will be close at the end. Take Saint Mary's and the points in this one. 

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