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California vs. St. Mary's (CA) - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Mary's Gaels (6-0) at California Golden Bears (7-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Haas Pavilion)

The Line: California Golden Bears -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: PAC 12 Networks

The Saint Mary’s Gaels will travel to Hass Pavilion to take on the California Golden Bears this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Saint Mary’s Gaels remained a perfect 6-0 (0-0 WCC) on the season after they were able to defeat the UC Irvine Anteaters, 70-60, this past Sunday. The Gaels were able to use a 10-1 run early in the 2nd half to take control of the game and secure the victory. Saint Mary’s shot 50.0% from the field and 52.9% (9-17) from beyond the arc. The Gaels held the Anteaters to 39.6% shooting from the field and forced UC Irvine to commit 12 turnovers. Leading the way for Saint Mary’s was Emmett Naar who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists.  On the season, the Gaels have been led by Emmett Naar (16.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.8 spg), Joe Rahon (11.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7.7 apg), and Dane Pineau (8.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg). Offensively, Saint Mary’s is averaging 82.0 ppg on 54.5% shooting from the field and 43.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Gaels average 10.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.92. Defensively, Saint Mary’s are holding their opponents to an average of 61.0 ppg on 40.6% shooting. The Gaels have a rebound margin of 11.5 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

California vs. St. Mary's (CA) - 12/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The California Golden Bears won their third consecutive game and improved to 7-2 (0-0 Pac 12) on the season after defeating the Incarnate Word Cardinals, 74-62, this past Wednesday. The Golden Bears struggled against the Cardinals zone defense but was able to find their offensive rhythm in the 2nd half to help pull away for the win. California shot 51.9% from the field however, shot just 34.8% (8-23) from beyond the arc and 54.5% (12-22) from the FT line. The Golden Bears held the Cardinals to 36.8% shooting from the field and outrebounded Incarnate Word by a 46-25 margin. Leading the way for California was Ivan Rabb who had a double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Golden Bears have been led by Tyrone Wallace (18.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 5.3 apg), Jaylen Brown (14.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg), and Ivan Rabb (12.4 ppg, 8.22 rpg). Offensively, California is averaging 78.6 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field and 32.0% shooting from three-point range. The Golden Bears average 6.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.10. Defensively, California is allowing 67.7 ppg on 38.8% shooting. The Golden Bears have a rebound margin of 10.3 and a turnover margin of -2.6.

The Gaels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. the Pac 12. The Golden Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.

Saint Mary’s has gotten off to a tremendous start to their 2014-15 season as they have been outstanding on the offensive end leading the country in FG% (54.5%) and 4th in the country in 3FG% (40.6%). California has some of the best young talent in the country and although their defense has been solid, has struggled with outside shooting and turnovers so far in the young season. California has the better talent in this one but doesn’t seem there as of yet as a complete team and after Saint Mary’s was able to beat a very good UC Irvine team, they have me convinced that they are a team that can’t be overlooked this season. I’m taking Saint Mary’s and the points on the road.  

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