St. Mary's Gaels vs. Pepperdine Waves Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/8/14
Pepperdine Waves (15-15) at St. Mary's Gaels (21-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11:30 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
Storyline: Pepperdine meets St. Mary’s in a WCC Tournament quarterfinal Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Waves earned the tournament’s 5th seed and come in off an 86-78 home loss to Santa Clara Saturday. Sophomore F Stacy Davis had a team-high 18 points and 9 rebounds, senior F Malte Kramer scored 13 points on 4 of shooting, and junior G Malcolm Brooks added 12 points off the bench. Pepperdine connected on 44.6 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent from outside the arc to the Gaels’ 42.9 percent from the floor and 47.4 percent from distance. The Waves conceded a 38-36 advantage on the glass and committed 17 turnovers, while converting 19 of 29 from the free throw line. On the season, Pepperdine is averaging 71.2 ppg on 45.5 percent shooting. Davis leads the team with 15.2 ppg, followed by senior F Brendan Lane at 13.2 ppg.
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Meanwhile, St. Mary’s comes in as the tournament’s third seed after suffering 75-47 drubbing against Gonzaga Saturday in their regular season finale. The Gaels shot a season-low 23.1 percent from the floor and connected on just 5 of 18 from outside the arc, while allowing the Bulldogs to shoot 56.1 percent from the floor and hit 3 of 10 from distance. St. Mary’s was also outrebounded 42-30 and converted just 8 of 18 from the free throw line. Senior G Stepehen Holt scored a team-high 10 points and junior F Brad Waldow added 9 points off the bench.Through 31 games, the Gaels are averaging 72.4 ppg on 45.3 percent shooting. Waldow leads the team with 15.7 ppg, followed by Holt at 15.0 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -7 for St. Mary’s. The Gaels swept the season series with Pepperdine, topping them by 8 points collectively. St. Mary’s is one of the WCC’s better teams and they’ve shown that this season through consistency, but look for a closer game than the line.