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St. Mary's Gaels vs. Pepperdine Waves Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/23/14

Pepperdine Waves (12-8) at St. Mary's Gaels (14-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm (McKeon Pavilion)

The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: Saint Mary’s tries for three in a row when they host Pepperdine Thursday at McKeon Pavilion

The Breakdown: Saint Mary’s is in third place in the WCC with a record of 4-2 and winners in two of their last three, including a 79-73 victory over Pacific Saturday behind three Gaels starters combining for 69  points. Senior G Stephen Holt scored a game-high 26 points, including 16 of 19 from the free throw line; F Brad Waldow had 22 points and junior G Kerry Carter added 21 points and 7 boards. St. Mary’s shot 48.7 percent from the field and connected on 10 of 19 from outside the arc, while forcing 16 turnovers. Through 19 games, the Gaels are averaging 75.4 ppg on 47.3 percent shooting and Waldow leads the team in scoring with 15.9 ppg, followed by Holt at 14.1 ppg.

St. Mary's Gaels vs. Pepperdine Waves Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/23/14

Pepperdine, meanwhile, is tied for 4th place in the conference with a record of 5-3 and comes into the contest off a 76-65 win over Portland Saturday. The Waves hit 25 of 52 from the floor, but struggled from beyond the arc, hitting just 3 of 14. Pepperdine was solid on defense, however, holding the Pilots to 22 of 54 from the field and 6 of 17 from distance. The Waves also finished with a 40-27 advantage on the boards. Freshman G Lamond Murray had a team-high 16 points and 8 rebounds off the bench, while sophomore F Stacy Davis added 14 points and 8 boards. On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 71.9 ppg on 46 percent shooting and Davis leads the team with 15.3 ppg, followed by senior F Brendan Lane at 13.9 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -12 for St. Mary’s and as far as common opponents, these two have had similar results. Both got smoked by Gonzaga, Pepperdine by 17 and St. Mary’s by 22; Pepperdine lost to San Francisco while St. Mary’s beat them; Pepperdine beat Santa Clara and St. Mary’s lost to them; and both beat Portland by similar margins. All that said, this looks to be closer than the spread.

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