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St. Mary’s vs San Diego 12/29/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

San Diego Toreros (7-7) vs. St. Mary's Gaels (10-4)
December 29, 2022 9:00 pm EDT
The Line: St. Mary's Gaels -17 / San Diego Toreros +17 ; Over/Under: 137.5
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The San Diego Toreros and the Saint Mary’s Gaels meet Thursday in college basketball action from McKeon Pavilion. San Diego is 7-7 overall this year. The Toreros lost to CSU Northridge in their last game. As for Saint Mary’s, they’re 10-4 on the season and fresh off a win over Wyoming. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

San Diego has wins over Sonoma State, FGCU, NJIT, SDCC, Longwood, UC San Diego and UC Riverside this year. The losses have come to Utah State, New Mexico State, Nicholls State, UNLV, Cal Baptist, Arizona State and CSUN. 

In the CSU Northridge matchup last Thursday, the Toreros held a slim 33-32 edge by halftime. San Diego couldn’t hang on and gave up 51 second-half points during an 83-78 loss. Seikou Sisoho Jawara led the team on 25 points. 

Over on the Saint Mary’s side, they won six straight games to start the year, then hit a three-game losing streak in late November/early December. Since then the Gaels are 4-1 with victories over Missouri State, SDSU, New Mexico State and Wyoming. 

Last Wednesday versus Wyoming, Saint Mary’s went into halftime up 34-24. The Gaels kept it up with a 32-30 edge in the second half and took the victory 66-54. Logan Johnson topped the team on 28 points with four rebounds. 

PICK: I’ll probably stick with Saint Mary’s in this one. The Gaels have been quite impressive this year, even against top-shelf teams. Saint Mary’s four losses have each come by five points or fewer, and two of those were against ranked teams (New Mexico and Houston). The Gaels have held opponents to fewer than 71 points in every game so far this year, so it’s going to be tough for San Diego to find much offensive room. I don’t think the Toreros will stay in range for too long here. 

Andrew's Free Pick: Saint Mary's Gaels -17

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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