Pacific Tigers vs. Saint Mary’s-California Gaels, NCAA Basketball Odds, Las Vegas Betting, Picks and Prediction

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PACIFIC TIGERS ST. MARY’S GAELS
8-11 January 19, 11:00 PM | McKeon Pavilion 15-2

When: 11:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 19, 2017
Where: McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, California
TV: 11 p.m. ET, CSN Bay Area

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Pacific Tigers +22 (-110) +3237 125.5 -110
Saint Mary’s-California Gaels -22 (-110) -5513 125.5 -110
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The fans at McKeon Pavilion will be treated to a game between the Pacific Tigers and the Saint Mary’s-California Gaels when they take their seats on Thursday.

ABOUT PACIFIC (8-11, 2-4 WCC): Senior guard T.J. Wallace (team highs of 13.4 points and 3.6 assists per game) recorded a season-high 25 points and career-best 10 assists in a 79-74 victory over Pepperdine on Jan. 12 before registering only nine and two versus San Francisco. Sophomore forwards Jack Williams (8.9 points, 6.6 rebounds) and Anthony Townes (8.1, 6.3, club-best 58.2 percent from the field) are the biggest reasons why the Tigers are third in the WCC in rebound margin at plus-1.8 in conference games, although well behind the Gaels’ WCC-leading plus-12.8. Junior forward Ray Bowles (13.1 points) shoots better from 3-point range (37.2 percent) than from the field (33.9) while averaging a team-most 33.6 minutes.

ABOUT SAINT MARY’S (15-2, 5-1): The Gaels were ninth nationally through Tuesday’s games in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.53 with the backcourt of senior Joe Rahon and junior Emmett Naar mostly responsible for the gaudy number. Rahon (WCC-most 5.8 assists) and Naar (5.6) combine for a 2.73 ratio while averaging 8.1 and 9.6 points, respectively. Naar also shoots a team-best 46.5 percent from 3-point range while senior forward Dane Pineau (6.7 points, 6.1 rebounds) converts a team-best 63.9 percent from the floor with Landale making 63 percent and junior forward Calvin Hermanson (12.2) at 49 percent.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Gaels listed as 22-point favorites versus the Tigers, while the game’s total is sitting at 143.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Saint Mary’s-California was a 79-56 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Bulldogs. They failed to cover the +5-point spread as underdogs.

Last time out for Pacific, they were a 72-51 loser as they battled Dons on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a +8.5-point underdog.

With the pecking order seemingly clear in the West Coast Conference, No. 23 Saint Mary’s tries for its eighth straight victory over Pacific when it hosts the Tigers on Thursday. The Gaels rode a nine-game winning streak into their contest at No. 4 Gonzaga on Saturday, but exited with a 79-56 loss and should be favored to win their next seven contests before getting a rematch Feb. 11 with the only undefeated Division I team in the nation.

Pacific should not pose much of a challenge for Saint Mary’s as the Gaels try for their 14th consecutive victory over WCC opponents other than Gonzaga. Saint Mary’s boasts the nation’s No. 2 scoring defense at 57.9 points despite giving up a season high total against the Bulldogs and are the top field-goal percentage defense team in WCC games at 41.6 despite allowing Gonzaga to shoot 64.7 percent. The Gaels also have 6-11 junior center Jock Landale (17.3 points, 9.5 rebounds per game), who hopes to bounce back after recording only 10 points and six rebounds versus Gonzaga. The Tigers, coached by former University of Arizona and NBA star Damon Stoudamire, are coming off a 72-51 loss at San Francisco on Saturday for their fourth setback in six games since beginning their WCC campaign.

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Pacific:
Team record: 8-11 SU,4-12 ATS
Pacific is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Pacific is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Pacific is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games on the road

Saint Mary’s-California:
Team record: 15-2 SU,9-6-1 ATS
Saint Mary’s-California is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Saint Mary’s-California’s last 13 games
Saint Mary’s-California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Pacific home to BYU Saturday, January 21
Saint Mary’s-California home to Pepperdine Saturday, January 21

TIP-INS
1. Saint Mary’s boasts a plus-11 scoring margin in WCC contests while Pacific sits at minus-11 after three losses by 20 or more points.

2. The Gaels were fifth in the nation in rebounding margin at plus-10.6 entering Wednesday.

3. Saint Mary’s leads the series 72-43 and won seven straight meetings at home, last losing 47-45 on Dec. 9, 1989.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Pacific Tigers will cover the spread at +22 and the game will go over 125.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Saint Mary’s 75, Pacific 58 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
PACIF TEAM STMAR
69.3 PTS FOR 73.1
71.6 PTS AGNST 57.9
-2.3 DIFF. 15.2
27.2 DEF REBOUNDS 25.6
12.7 OFF REBOUNDS 10.6
40.5 FG% 49.4
67.3 FT% 75.9
6.0 3 POINTERS 9.0
4.1 STEALS 4.1
INJURIES
PACIFIC
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
ST. MARY’S
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
PACIFIC
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pacific’s last 7 games on the road
Pacific is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Pacific is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Pacific is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against St. Mary’s
ST. MARY’S
St. Mary’s is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of St. Mary’s last 13 games
St. Mary’s is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
St. Mary’s is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Pacific
St. Mary’s is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pacific
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Mary’s last 6 games when playing Pacific
St. Mary’s is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Pacific
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Pacific’s Overall Scoring vs St. Mary’s’s Overall Defense 69.3 273 57.9 3
Pacific’s Away Scoring vs St. Mary’s’s Home Defense 63.3 298 59.3 20
Pacific’s Road Rebounds vs St. Mary’s’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.4 73 25.4 2
St. Mary’s’s Overall Scoring vs Pacific’s Overall Defense 73.1 202 71.6 173
St. Mary’s’s Home Scoring vs Pacific’s Road Defense 77.3 182 79.3 260
St. Mary’s’s Home Rebounds vs Pacific’s Road Rebounds Allowed 35.6 261 36.4 159
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
PACIFIC
No trends to report
ST. MARY’S
St. Mary’s has allowed the third fewest points in the league at 57.9 per game.
St. Mary’s is third in three points made allowed in the league with 4.5 per game.
St. Mary’s is second in rebounds allowed in the league at 25.6.
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
PACIF 40.5 44.3 -3.8
STMAR 49.4 41.9 7.5
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
PACIF 12.7 27.2 39.9
STMAR 10.6 25.6 36.2
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
PACIF 12.3 12.3 1.0
STMAR 17.1 11.2 1.5

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