Portland Pilots vs. St. Mary's Gaels - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Mary's Gaels (20-4) at Portland Pilots (11-16)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Earle A. Chiles Center)
The Line: Portland Pilots -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Saint Mary’s Gaels will travel to play the Portland Pilots in a WCC game on Thursday.
The Portland Pilots are 11-16 (5-9) and are coming off of a loss to Gonzaga by a score of 92-66. Portland has won 2 of their last 3 games and is currently tied for 6th in the WCC standings. Portland does have a win against BYU, who is 3rd in the conference. Portland is averaging 78 points per game while giving up 79.1 points per game. Portland is also averaging 35.6 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game. Alec Wintering is averaging 18.7 points per game and 5.4 assists per game for Portland. Bryce Pressley is averaging 13.4 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Pilots. Portland is shooting 70.2% on free throws, 37.2% on three-pointers, and 43.5% on all field goal attempts.
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The Saint Mary’s Gaels are 20-4 (11-3) and are coming off of a win against Loyola Marymount by a score of 68-62. Saint Mary’s has won 2 of their last 3 games and is currently 2nd in the WCC standings. Saint Mary’s defeated Portland by a score of 89-74 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Saint Mary’s is averaging 75.5 points per game while giving up 59.8 points per game. Saint Mary’s is also averaging 36 rebounds per game and 17.5 assists per game. Emmett Naar is averaging 13.2 points per game and 6.3 assists per game for Saint Mary’s. Calvin Hermanson is averaging 11.3 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game for the Gaels. Saint Mary’s is shooting 69.5% on free throws, 42.1% on three-pointes, and 51% on all field goal attempts.
Saint Mary’s is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games. Saint Mary’s is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The under is 5-0 in Saint Mary’s last 5 conference games. Portland is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. Portland is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The over is 9-4-1 in Portland’s last 14 games. The under is 8-2 in these two teams last 10 meetings.
Saint Mary’s is the better team in this matchup and should be able to get the win here. Saint Mary’s plays great defense, while Portland is allowing over 79 points per game. Saint Mary’s has struggled in their last 2 games and I think Portland can keep it close at home.