Pepperdine Waves vs. St. Mary's Gaels - 1/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Mary's Gaels (9-3) at Pepperdine Waves (8-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Firestone Fieldhouse)
The Line: Pepperdine Waves +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pepperdine Wave match up with the Saint Mary's Gaels at the Firestone Fieldhouse on New Year's Day.
The Saint Mary's Gaels look strong at both ends of the floor which will serve them well in a tough WCC. Strong enough to unseat Gonzaga is the question as the Zags appear to be the class of the conference. The Gaels upped their league mark to 2-0 after knocking off visiting San Francisco 69-56 on Monday. SMC simply outshot the Dons 52%-43% and limited extra looks at the basket. Brad Wadow turned in a dominant performance with a contest best 21 points and ten rebounds on 10-15 from the floor with Desmond Simmons scoring 13 points and grabbing nine boards. Emmett Naar and Garrett Jackson rounded out the top contributors with ten points apiece as six of the seven man rotation managed to score.
The Pepperdine Waves are hoping this is the year they crack the top four in the West Coast. They are off to a good start at 8-4 although the schedule hasn't been extremely tough. The Waves ended a two game losing streak with both defeats coming by a single basket when they opened conference play with a 69-56 victory at Loyola Marymount on Monday night. The Waves held the Lions to 40 from the floor wile sing half of their own looks while limiting second chance opportunities. Jett Raines led all scorers with 17 points and seven rebounds on 6-10 shooting with Amadi Udenyi gtossing in eleven points while Shawn Olden chipped in with nine points and five helpers but also turned the ball over a game high five times.
The Gaels are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Saint Mary's are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Waves are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. Pepperdine are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games following a S.U. win and are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. It's tough to go against Saint Mary's but Pepperdine has shown they have a little game and are a strong cover team...