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St. Mary's vs. Portland - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Pilots (9-12) at St. Mary's Gaels (16-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:00 pm (McKeon Pavilion)

The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT Sports

The Portland Pilots and Saint Mary's Gaels square off Saturday night at the McKeon Pavilion.

The Portland Pilots need a victory after losing five of their last six games. The Portland Pilots are averaging 77.2 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 77.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Alec Wintering is averaging 18 points and 5.4 assists while Bryce Pressley is averaging 14.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. D'Marques Tyson is grabbing 1.9 rebounds and Jarrel Marshall is dishing 1.2 assists. The Portland Pilots are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. The Pilots are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.2 rebounds per game. The Portland Pilots have lost 10 of their last 13 road games. 

St. Mary's vs. Portland - 1/23/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Saint Mary's Gaels look to stay hot after an impressive 16-2 start. The Saint Mary's Gaels are averaging 77.9 points on 53.5 percent shooting and allowing 58.6 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Emmett Naar is averaging 13.9 points and 6.3 assists while Dane Pineau is averaging 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds. Calvin Hermanson is the third double-digit scorer and Jock Landale is grabbing five rebounds. The Saint Mary's Gaels are shooting 44.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The Gaels are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game. The Saint Mary's Gaels have won 16 of their last 18 home games.

The Pilots are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Gaels are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games and 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games overall. The Pilots are 5-12 ATS in the last 17 meetings in St. Mary's and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.

Saint Mary's is one of the top home teams in the country and is known for beating teams into the ground. Portland is in poor form and has trouble shooting the rock. I'll side with the home team and big chalk even if it is a large number.

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St. Mary's Gaels -20

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