BYU vs. Saint Mary's-California - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Mary's-California Gaels (12-2) at BYU Cougars (12-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Marriott Center)
The Line: BYU Cougars +1.5 -- Over/Under: 141 See the Latest Odds
We have some West Coast Conference action on the hardwood, as the St. Mary’s Gaels face off against the BYU Cougars in a college basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon.
The St. Mary’s Gaels will look to add to their current 7 game winning streak following an 87-59 victory over Loyola Marymount in their last outing. Jock Landale led the team with 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds, while Jordan Ford added 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 4 threes. Calvin Hermanson shot 4 of 5 from downtown for 12 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Gaels in the win. Tanner Krebs added 8 points to match his 8 rebounds with 4 assists, while Emmett Naar added a team-high 8 assists and 3 blocks in the winning effort. Landale leads the team with an average of 21.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, while Naar is the team’s top assist man with 9.1 assists per game this season. As a team, St. Mary’s is scoring 81.9 points per game while boasting the 9th-best field goal percentage in the country, shooting 51.7% from the floor. The Gaels are also in the top-15 in 3-point percentage (42.1%/12th in D-I) and free throw percentage (77.5%/14th in D-I) this season.
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The BYU Cougars come into this one looking to add another notch to their current 9 game winning streak, taking down Portland by a final score of 69-45 in their last outing. Yoeli Childs led the team with 26 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 13 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the double-double, while Elijah Bryant added a double-double of his own with 22 points on 10 of 16 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 15 rebounds in addition to a pair of steals as the lone BYU players to finish in double digits scoring in the win. TJ Haws added 8 points, 6 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists, while McKay Cannon added 7 points and a pair of steals. Childs leads the team with an average of 17.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while Haws leads the team in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, BYU is scoring 76.5 points per game on 48.3% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 74.7% from the foul line this season.
St. Mary’s is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 conference matchups and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. BYU is 3-8-2 ATS in their last 13 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall. The favourite is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
This should be a highly entertaining game, and BYU is always a tough out at home. However, the favorite has dominated ATS in this matchup over the years, and with St. Mary’s being the favorite and having had success ATS in this matchup, I will give my lean to the Gaels to get the job done on the road.