St. Mary's Gaels vs. San Diego Toreros - 1/15/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Diego Toreros (9-9) at St. Mary's Gaels (13-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 11:00 pm (McKeon Pavilion)
The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
The San Diego Toreros will travel to the McKeon Pavilion to take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels this Thursday night.
The San Diego Toreros dropped to 9-9 (2-4 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Pepperdine Waves 59-47 this past Saturday. The Toreros struggled offensively as they shot only 29.7% from the field and 25.0% (19-64) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for San Diego was Johnny Dee who had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. The Toreros are currently ranked 178th in the RPI Standings and have played the 174th ranked SOS. On the season, San Diego has been led by Johnny Dee (17.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and Christopher Anderson (9.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.8 spg). Offensively, the Toreros are averaging 65.5 ppg (ranked 230th) on 42.9% shooting (ranked 210th). San Diego is averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game (ranked 164th) on 35.5% three-point shooting (ranked 121st). Defensively, the Toreros are holding their opponents to 62.6 ppg (ranked 100th) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 180th). San Diego is averaging 4.3 bpg (ranked 97th) and has a turnover margin of 1.4 (ranked 93rd). The Toreros are averaging 33.39 total rpg (ranked 236th).
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The Saint Mary’s Gaels won their 7th straight game and improved to 13-3 (5-0 WCC) on the season after defeating the Pacific Tigers 54-47 this past Saturday. The Gaels won this game at the free-throw line as Saint Mary’s went 17-21 (81.0%) while Pacific went just 8-18 (44.4%). Saint Mary’s was led by Brad Waldow who had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The Gaels are currently ranked 77th in the RPI Standings and have played the 202nd ranked SOS. On the season, Saint Mary’s has been led by Brad Waldow (20.1 ppg, 10.1 rpg) and Kerry Carter (13.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 spg). Offensively, the Gaels are averaging 71.1 ppg (ranked 106th) on 46.2% shooting (ranked 59th). Saint Mary’s is averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game (ranked 79th) on 36.5% three-point shooting (ranked 84th). Defensively, the Gaels are holding their opponents to an average of 62.8 ppg (ranked 109th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 170th). Saint Mary’s is averaging 37.69 total rpg (ranked 67th) and has a rebound margin of 9.7 (ranked 8th).
The Toreros are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss. The Gaels are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Saint Mary’s has an absolute monster in double-double machine Brad Waldow who is in the top-30 of the country in both points and rebounds. San Diego is a better offensive team than what they showed against Pepperdine and although I’m worried about how they are going to do on the glass against Waldow and Saint Mary’s, I think that their defensive will keep this one within the line. I’m taking San Diego and the points in this one.