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San Francisco vs. Saint Mary's - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Saint Mary's-California Gaels (24-3) at San Francisco Dons (14-13)
Date & Time Thursday February 15, 2018, 11:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: San Francisco Dons +8 -- Over/Under: 134
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NCAA BB | Saint Mary's-California Gaels (24-3) at San Francisco Dons (14-13)

We have some West Coast conference action on the college basketball schedule on Thursday night as the #15 Saint Mary’s Gaels take on the San Francisco Dons.

The #15 Saint Mary’s Gaels will look to bounce back after having their 19 game winning streak snapped thanks to a 78-65 loss to Gonzaga in their last outing. Cullen Neal led St. Mary’s with 18 points on 4 of 6 shooting with 3 triples and a 7 of 9 mark from the foul line in just 16 minutes. Jordan Ford came right behind in and with 17 points as the only other Gael to score in double figures in the losing effort for St. Mary’s. Jock Landale added 4 points with a team-high 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in the loss. Landale leads St. Mary’s by averaging a double-double per game with 22 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, while Emmett Naar is the Gaels’ top assist man with 8.9 assists per game this season. As a team, St. Mary’s is scoring 78.6 points per game while owning the best field goal percentage in the country at 52.4% from the field to go along with a 41.4% from the 3-point line and 77% from the foul line this season.

The San Francisco Dons will look to bounce back after a 75-73 overtime loss to BYU in their last outing. Souley Boum led the Dons with 21 points on 7 of 12 shooting while Frankie Ferrari came 2nd with 16 points and a team-high 6 assists with a pair of steals as the only other San Francisco player to score in double figures in the loss. Jordan Ratinho added 4 points with 3 steals, while Jimbo Lull pulled down a team-high 7 rebounds in the losing effort. Boum leads San Francisco scoring with 12.6 points per game while Ferrari is the Dons’ top assist man with 3.7 assists per game while McCarthy is San Fran’s top rebounder with 5.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, San Francisco is scoring 68.4 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field, 32.6% from behind the arc and 69.7% from the foul line this season.

Saint Mary’s is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 13-6-2 ATS in their last 21 conference matchups while the under is 19-7-1 in their last 27 games overall. San Francisco is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. St. Mary’s is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings at San Francisco.

One would be concerned about a bit of a hangover for the Gaels after having their winning streak snapped and it may take some time for the Gaels to find the motivation to start a new streak. I’m not concerned about that, as good as San Francisco has been at home, the Gaels are actually undefeated SU and 7-3 ATS on the road this season, and we are getting the Gaels at a single digit line in a matchup that they’ve enjoyed a lot of success in ATS, so I’ll gladly lay the points with the Gaels in this spot.

St. Mary's -8

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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