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San Diego vs. St. Mary's - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Mary's at San Diego
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Jenny Craig Pavilion
San Diego, CA
The Line
San Diego Toreros +2 -- Over/Under: 134.5
TV Channel
https://wccsports.com/watch/?id=162032
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The Saint Mary’s Gaels will travel to Jenny Craig Pavilion to take on the San Diego Toreros this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Saint Mary’s Gaels won their 3rd straight game and improved to 18-10 (9-4 WCC) on the season after defeated the Pacific Tigers, 58-32, this past Thursday. Saint Mary’s had their best defensive performance of the season against the Tigers and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 26-15 halftime lead. Saint Mary’s shot 45.8% from the field while holding Pacific to just 20.8% from the field and 18.2% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Gaels was Jordan Ford who had 28 points, 7 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, Saint Mary’s is averaging 74.7 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field. The Gaels are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 37.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Mary’s has been led by Jordan Ford (21.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Malik Fitts (16.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Tanner Krebs (8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg), and Jordan Hunter (8.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 bpg).

Defensively, Saint Mary’s is holding their opponents to an average of 66.1 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Gaels have a rebound margin of 5.5 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

The San Diego Toreros snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 17-11 (6-7 WCC) on the season after defeating the Portland Pilots, 63-52, this past Thursday. San Diego was solid on the defensive end against the Pilots, however, the Toreros were able to pull away late after closing out the final 10:28 of regulation on a 17-6 run. San Diego held Portland to just 39.1% from the field and 26.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Toreros was Isaiah Pineiro who had a double-double with 22 points, 16 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, San Diego is averaging 73.2 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Toreros are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Diego has been led by Isaiah Pineiro (19.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Olin Carter III (16.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.9 apg), Isaiah Wright (12.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.4 spg), and Tyler Williams (8.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.2 apg).

Defensively, San Diego is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Toreros have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Gaels are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game. The Toreros are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss.

Saint Mary’s has won 5 of their last 6 games and currently rank 128th in scoring offense, 40th in FG%, and 51st in scoring defense.

San Diego has split their last 10 games and currently rank 173rd in scoring offense, 64th in FG%, and 100th in scoring defense.

Saint Mary’s has taken advantage of an easy WCC conference schedule as of late, however, it’s important to realize that the Gales are no where near the talent level that we’ve seen in recent years which clearly on display in their recent 94-46 loss at Gonzaga. San Diego has struggled a bit as of late, however, there is a solid team with multiple offensive weapons and as Saint Mary’s has a losing record on the road, I think San Diego gets pay back from a 76-59 loss at Saint Mary’s earlier in this season and wins this one outright. Take San Diego on the money line. Good Luck!

Pick:
San Diego Toreros - M/L

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