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BYU Cougars vs. St. Mary's Gaels Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/1/14

St. Mary's Gaels (16-6) at BYU Cougars (14-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Marriott Center)

The Line: BYU Cougars -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

Storyline: BYU looks for consecutive wins when they square off with St. Mary’s Saturday at the Marriott Center.

The Breakdown: The Cougars sit in 4th place in the WCC, improving to 6-4 after an 88-78 victory over Pacific Thursday. BYU was outshot from the field 53.2 percent to 47.4, but topped the Tigers from beyond the arc, connecting on 8 of 18 to Pacific’s 7 of 17. The Cougars came away with a 35-24 advantage on the boards and hit 21 of 26 from the free throw line. Junior G Tyler Haws scored a game-high 38 points, including 4 f 5 from distance and 10 of 11 from the foul line, freshman F Eric Mika had 20n points and 8 rebounds, and sophomore G Kyle Collinsworth added 10 points 6 rebounds and 5 assists. On the season, BYU ranks 3rd nationally with 87.5 ppg on 47.1 percent shooting. Haws leads the team with 24.2 ppg, followed by junior G Matt Carlino at 14.0 ppg.

BYU Cougars vs. St. Mary's Gaels Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/1/14

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Meanwhile, St. Mary’s fell to 6-3 for 3rd place in the conference afterits 61-43 loss to San Diego Thursday. The Gaels shot a dismal 25.0 percent from the floor and connected on just 1 of 14 from outside the arc, while allowing the Toreros shoot 40.0 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from distance. St. Mary’s finished with a slight 38-35 advantage on the boards, but struggled from the free throw line, connecting on 16 of 23. Junior F Brad Waldow had a game-high 18 points to go along with 9 rebounds and senior G James Walker added 9 points and 4 rebounds. Through 22 games, the Gaels are averaging 74.8 ppg on 46.2 percent shooting. Waldow leads the team with16.8 ppg, followed by senior Stephen Holt at 13.5 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The lie in this one is currently set at -7 for BYU. These two haven’t hooked up yet, but the Cougars are averaging a boatload more points per game—close to 13—and happen to have the nation’s third-leading scorer in Tyler Haws. Look for BYU to cover.

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