St. Mary's Gaels vs. Pacific Tigers - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pacific Tigers (4-11) at St. Mary's Gaels (14-2)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 11:00 pm (McKeon Pavilion)
The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -21 -- Over/Under: 138 See the Latest Odds
The Pacific Tigers will travel to play the St. Mary’s Gaels in a WCC game on Thursday.
The St. Mary’s Gaels are 14-2 (5-1) and are coming off of a loss to Pepperdine by a score of 67-64. St. Mary’s had won their previous 8 games before tripping up on the road. St. Mary’s is very good defensively, which gives them a huge advantage playing in the WCC. St. Mary’s is averaging 78.6 points per game while giving up 57.8 points per game. St. Mary’s is also averaging 37.2 rebounds per game and 19.4 assists per game. Emmett Naar is averaging 13.4 points per game and 6.4 assists per game for St. Mary’s. Dane Pineau is averaging 11.3 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Gaels. St. Mary’s is shooting 70.2% on free throws, 44.6% on three-pointers, and 53.1% on all field goal attempts.
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The Pacific Tigers are 4-11 (3-3) and are coming off of a win against Loyola Marymount by a score of 60-58. Pacific started the year very poorly, losing 8 of their first 9 games. Pacific has been able to pick up 3 conference wins against the worst 3 teams in the conference. Pacific is averaging 71.2 points per game while giving up 74.9 points per game. Pacific is also averaging 35.6 rebounds per game and 13.1 assists per game. Alec Kobre is averaging 12.3 points per game and 1.1 assists per game for Pacific. T.J. Wallace is averaging 12.2 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Tigers. Pacific is shooting 71.2% on free throws, 32.2% on three-pointers, and 44% on all field goal attempts.
Pacific is 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games. Pacific is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a win. The over is 10-4 in Pacific’s last 14 games. St. Mary’s is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games. St. Mary’s is 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 home games. The under is 5-2 in the St. Mary’s last 7 games. The over is 5-1 in these two teams last 6 meetings.
St. Mary’s is the much better team in this matchup and should have no problem in this game. St. Mary’s defense will give Pacific trouble in this game and should be able to pull away down the stretch. I am picking St. Mary’s.