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St. Mary's vs. San Diego - 1/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Diego at St. Mary's
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
McKeon Pavilion
Moraga, CA
The Line
St. Mary's Gaels -10.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
https://wccsports.com
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The San Diego Toreros will travel to the McKeon Pavilion to take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The San Diego Toreros improved to 13-6 (2-2 WCC) on the season after defeating the Portland Pilots, 76-55, this past Thursday. San Diego led by a 38-28 margin at halftime and had no trouble securing the victory after a 20-4 run to start the 2nd half gave the Toreros a 58-32 lead with 10:59 left in regulation. San Diego shot 47.3% from the field while holding Portland to just 30.9% from the field & 25.0% shooting from the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Toreros was Isaiah Pineiro who had a double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, San Diego is averaging 75.8 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Toreros have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -0.7. Offensively, San Diego has been led by Isaiah Pineiro (19.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Olin Carter III (16.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.2 apg), Isaiah Wright (13.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.4 spg), and Tyler Williams (9.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.5 apg).

Defensively, San Diego is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Toreros have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Saint Mary’s Gaels won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-7 (3-1 WCC) on the season after defeating the Santa Clara Broncos, 75-55, this past Thursday. Saint Mary’s led by a 42-28 margin at halftime and pulled away after taking a 65-47 lead with 5:50 left in regulation. Saint Mary’s shot 46.8% from the field and outrebounded Santa Clara by a 30-23 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Gaels was Jordan Ford who had 18 points, 1 assist, and 3 steals.

On the season, Saint Mary’s is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Gaels are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 39.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Mary’s has been led by Jordan Ford (22.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Malik Fitts (14.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Jordan Hunter (9.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Tanner Krebs (9.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg).

Defensively, Saint Mary’s is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Gaels have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The Toreros are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The Gaels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

San Diego has won 5 of their last 8 games and currently rank 127th in scoring offense, 49th in FG%, and 90th in scoring defense. Saint Mary’s has won 4 of their last 5 games and currently rank T-97th in scoring offense, 20th in FG%, and 38th in scoring defense.

Saint Mary’s has been playing some their best basketball of the season as of late, however, San Diego is a talented and experienced team on both ends of the court. It’s going to be tough for San Diego to get the win on the road, however, I think the Toreros have enough talent to keep this game within single digits. Take San Diego and the points.

Pick:
San Diego Toreros +10.5

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