BYU Cougars (9-3) at St. Mary's Gaels (9-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:00 pm (University Credit Union Pavilion)
The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -2 -- Over/Under: 132 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The BYU Cougars and Saint Mary's Gaels meet Thursday in college basketball action at the University Credit Union Pavilion.
The BYU Cougars look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The BYU Cougars are averaging 78.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Alex Barcello is averaging 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds while Matt Haarms is averaging 11 points and 0.8 assists. Brandon Averette is the third double-digit scorer and Connor Harding is dishing 2.1 assists. The BYU Cougars are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game.
The Saint Mary's Gaels need a win after losing two of their last three games. The Saint Mary's Gaels are averaging 68.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 60.9 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Tommy Kuhse is averaging 15.4 points and 3.8 rebounds while Alex Ducas is averaging 10.9 points and 5.3 rebounds. Matthias Tass is the third double-digit scorer and Logan Johnson is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Saint Mary's Gaels are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Mary's Gaels are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.8 rebounds per game.
The Cougars are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 Thursday games. The Gaels are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The over is 5-1 in Cougars last 6 overall. The over is 5-2 in Gaels last 7 home games. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The BYU Cougars in the underdog role is always intriguing based on their offensive firepower and experience. However, anything BYU can do, Saint Mary's can do on a similar level, and the Gaels have a clear edge on the defensive side. The Saint Mary's Gaels have also won seven of the last 10 meetings against BYU. In a near toss up contest, I'm going to side with the Saint Mary's Gaels.