Georgia vs. Saint Mary's - 11/26/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Mary's-California Gaels (5-1) at Georgia Bulldogs (4-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm (Titan Gym)
The Line: Georgia Bulldogs +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The #21 Saint Mary’s Gaels take on the Georgia Bulldogs in a college basketball matchup on Sunday as part of the Wooden Legacy tournament from Titan Gym in Fullerton, California.
The #21 Saint Mary’s Gaels come into this one looking to rebound from their first loss of the season, an 84-79 loss to Washington State last time out. Emmett Naar led the team with 17 points on 7 of 16 shooting with a team-high 7 assists, while Jordan Ford added 15 points with a pair of threes. Calvin Hermanson and Jock Landale each added 14 points to round out the scoring in double digits for the Gaels in the loss, with Hermanson going 4 for 7 with a pair of triples, while Landale added 9 rebounds, falling just a single board shy of his 2nd double-double of the year. Landals still leads the team with an average of 18.3 points and 8 rebounds per game while Naar is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 9 dimes per game this season. As a team, Saint Mary’s is scoring 83.3 points per game on 52.2% shooting from the field, 44% from behind the arc and 81.2% from the foul line, the 9th-best free throw percentage in the country.
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The Georgia Bulldogs will also be trying to rebound from their first loss of the year, a 75-68 loss to San Diego State last time out. Yante Maten and William Jackson II were the only Bulldogs scoring in double figures, tying to tops with 17 points apiece. Maten went 4 of 15 from the floor with an 8 for 8 mark from the foul line, with 7 boards and a pair of steals, while Jackson II added 4 threes to match a team-high 4 assists. Derek Ogbeide added 7 points to match 7 rebounds of his own, while Nicolas Claxton also put up 7 points and 7 rebounds in addition to his 3 blocks. Maten leads the team with a double-double per game this season, with 18.8 points and 10 rebounds this season, while Jackson II is putting up a team-high 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Georgia is scoring 70.6 points per game on 43% shooting from the field, 30.3% from behind the arc and 69.5% from the foul line this season.
Saint Mary’s is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-5 TS in their last 7 against the SEC while the under is 21-10 in their last 31 non-conference games. Georgia is 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games following a loss and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games against the West Coast while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 Sunday games.
Saint Mary’s won the only all-time meeting between these two teams by 12, so there’s not much to go on head-to-head. However, Saint Mary’s has had their struggles ATS against the SEC, and I think Georgia matches up well with the Gaels so I’ll take a shot with Georgia and the points in a game that could go down to the wire.