Saint Mary's-California Gaels vs. UAB Blazers - 11/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UAB Blazers (3-2) at Saint Mary's-California Gaels (4-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 5:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Saint Mary's-California Gaels -11.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 See the Latest Odds
The 15th-ranked St. Mary’s Gaels look to remain undefeated when they take on the UAB Blazers on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas.
The UAB Blazers look for some consistency after alternating wins and losses for the first 5 games this season. Their last game ended in an 81-74 victory over George Washington The Blazers’ leading scorer this season, Dirk Williams put up 15 points on the night on 5 of 8 from the field with 3 threes, however it was Chris Cokley and William Lee that shared the team-high with 19 points in the win. Cokley was extremely efficient, going 9 of 11 with a free throw, while Lee made 4 triples and a total of 6 field goals while recording a team-high 6 rebounds. After those 3, not one other Blazer hit double figures in the scoring column in the game. The aforementioned Williams leads UAB in points per game with 13.4, but breathing down his neck is Cokley, who is averaging 13.2 points per game. William Lee is putting up a team high 5.6 rebounds per game and Deion Lavender is the team’s leading assist man, racking up 5.2 per game. As a team, UAB is scoring 75.6 points on 44.6% from the field, 36% from 3-point range while putting up the 19th-best free throw percentage, making their shots at the charity stripe at a 79% clip.
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The 15th-ranked St. Mary’s Gaels look to build on their solid 4-0 start to the season, with their most recent game ending in a lopsided 81-64 win over San Jose State. The Gales led by only 3 at halftime but blew the game wide open in the second half behind a team-high 24 points on 9 of 10 from the floor from Jock Landale, to go along with a team-high 7 rebounds. Calvin Hermanson and Emmett Naar each followed Landale, tying to second with 16 points in the game while Joe Rahon led the Gaels with 7 assists in the game. Jock Landale leads St. Mary’s with 21.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while shooting 75% from the field this season. Emmett Naar is the team leader in assists per game as he has racked up an average of 7.8 helpers per game. As a team, St. Mary’s is scoring 83.2 points on 53% from the field, the 5th-best field goal percentage in the country. The Gaels are also making 37.1% of their attempts from downtown and 80.3% from the foul line, the 11th-best rate in D-I.
UAB is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a win while the under is 38-16-1 in their last 55 non-conference games. St. Mary’s is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. C-USA while the under is 46-22-1 in their last 69 games overall.
St. Mary’s looks like a team that is poised for big things come tournament time in March, while the Blazers have struggled to find any consistency so far this season. The line for this game isn’t too bad, so I’ll lay the points with St. Mary’s.