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Saint Mary's-California vs. Pacific - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pacific Tigers (6-9) at Saint Mary's-California Gaels (13-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:00 pm (McKeon Pavilion)

The Line: Saint Mary's-California Gaels -19.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: GO90

The Pacific Tigers and Saint Mary's Gaels meet Thursday in college basketball action at the McKeon Pavilion.

The Pacific Tigers could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Pacific Tigers are averaging 71.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 77.4 points on 46 percent shooting. Roberto Gallinat is averaging 13.7 points and 2.7 rebounds while Miles Reynolds is averaging 12.2 points and 2.3 assists. Anthony Townes is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Jahlil Tripp is dishing 4.5 assists. The Pacific Tigers are shooting 31.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Pacific Tigers are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game. The Pacific Tigers have lost four straight road games.

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Saint Mary's-California vs. Pacific - 1/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Saint Mary's Gaels look to keep the ball rolling while building on their eight-game winning streak. The Saint Mary's Gaels are averaging 81.3 points on 51.6 percent shooting and allowing 66.7 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Jock Landale is averaging 21.8 points and 9.8 rebounds while Calvin Hermanson is averaging 13.2 points and 1.2 assists. Emmett Naar is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Ford is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Saint Mary's Gaels are shooting 41.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Mary's Gaels are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The Saint Mary's Gaels have won 11 straight home games.

The Tigers are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a ATS win and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. West Coast. The Gaels are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win, 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. West Coast and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The Saint Mary's Gaels are once again one of the best offensive teams in the country, and their numbers are even more impressive at home. You have to either have the offensive firepower to keep up or an elite defense that can slow the game down. Pacific has neither, and the Tigers get torched from beyond the arc often. So, while Pacific does have a history of putting a scare in Saint Mary's, I have to predict this game being a blowout.

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