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Saint Mary's vs. San Jose State - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Jose State Spartans (3-8) at Saint Mary's-California Gaels (8-6)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Saint Mary's-California Gaels -23 -- Over/Under: 144
TV Channel
The W TV
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NCAA BB | San Jose State Spartans (3-8) at Saint Mary's-California Gaels (8-6)
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The San Jose State Spartans and Saint Mary's Gaels meet Saturday in college basketball action at the McKeon Pavilion.

The San Jose State Spartans could use a big road victory to rebound from a rough 3-8 record. The San Jose State Spartans are averaging 70.1 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 76.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Michael Steadman is averaging 13.7 points and 9.7 rebounds while Brae Ivey is averaging 12.8 points and 4.8 assists. Craig LeCesne is the third double-digit scorer and Noah Baumann is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The San Jose State Spartans are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The San Jose State Spartans are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The San Jose State Spartans have lost both road games this season.

The Saint Mary's Gaels look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Saint Mary's Gaels are averaging 77.5 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 67.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Jordan Ford is averaging 23.2 points and 2.9 assists while Malik Fitts is averaging 14.8 points and 8.1 rebounds. Jordan Hunter is the third double-digit scorer and Tanner Krebs is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Saint Mary's Gaels are shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Mary's Gaels are allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game. The Saint Mary's Gaels have won their last four home games.

The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Gaels are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 25-12-1 in Gaels last 38 overall. The over is 4-1 in Spartans last 5 overall.

The Saint Mary's Gaels have been lighting teams on fire at home this season and is usually a solid bet in spots like this. The problem is the San Jose State Spartans have found ways to hang in games all season long and just took Cal and Stanford down to the wire in back-to-back road games. San Jose State doesn't do anything extremely well, but they compete and have been covering numbers. That's all we care about in this line of work. I'll take a shot in the dark with the points.

Pick:
San Jose State Spartans +23

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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