St. Mary's vs. Portland - 3/7/15 West Coast Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland Pilots (16-14) at St. Mary's Gaels (21-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Portland Pilots and Saint Mary’s Gaels meet Saturday in the West Coast quarterfinal.
The Portland Pilots look to snap a four-game skid. On the season, Portland is averaging 69.7 points on 43.9 percent shooting and is allowing 69.1 points on 44 percent shooting. Kevin Bailey is averaging 14.4 points and 2.7 rebounds while Alec Wintering is averaging 12.8 points and 5.9 assists. Thomas van der Mars is the third double-digit scorer and Volodymyr Gerunis grabbing six rebounds. The Portland Pilots
have four players averaging at least 8.5 points, and they’re shooting 71 percent from the line and 38.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Portland is allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or more points in four straight games.
The Saint Mary’s Gaels look for a win after splitting their last eight. On the season, Saint Mary’s is averaging 69.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting and is allowing 63.3 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Brad Waldow is averaging 19.1 points and nine rebounds while Kerry Carter is averaging 12.6 points and five rebounds. Aaron Bright is the third double-digit scorer and Emmett Naar is dishing 4.1 assists. The Saint Mary’s Gaels have four players averaging at least 8.2 points, and they’re shooting 70.8 percent from the line and 38.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Saint Mary’s is allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in four of its last eight games.
The Pilots are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Gaels are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a S.U. loss. The favorite is 23-8 ATS in the last 31 meetings.
Not only has the favorite covered in 23 of the last 31 meetings between these two teams, but Saint Mary's won both matchups rather easily this season. Take the Gaels to advance and cover.