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19-2 Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. Pacific Tigers 8-15
2017 NCAA Basketball – West Coast Conference
Date: Thursday February 2nd, 2017
Time: 11:00 PM ET
Venue: Spanos Center in Stockton, California
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Saint Mary’s -15.5
CBB Betting Total: OFF
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West Coast Conference play continues as the Saint Mary’s Gaels head to Stockton, California to take on the University of the Pacific Tigers.
Pacific, 9th in the WCC, is looking for some semblance of solid conference play and it will be tough to find it against a very good Saint Mary’s team.
Saint Mary’s Gaels
The Gaels of Saint Mary’s, with just one loss in the WCC, are having a very solid season, one that has them in the top 25 in the nation. Ranked #18, Saint Mary’s is hoping to make another run in the NCAA Tournament this season.
The bread and butter of this Gaels team is the impressive defense. The team gives up just 57.3 points per game, putting it 2nd in the nation out of 351 teams.
The team’s most amazing display of defense came against fellow WCC team, Portland. Saint Mary’s held Portland to 33 points and ended up winning the game by 41.
Keep in mind the team has played just one top 25 team in Gonzaga, and in that game gave up 79 points, but there’s no denying that the Gaels can play defense.
Offensively, the team is led by Australian center Jock Landale. The appropriately named Jock nearly averages a double-double. He scores about 16 points per game and grabs 9.5 rebounds.
He’s an extremely important presence in the paint on both offense and defense, averaging over a block a game.
The Damon Stoudamire-coached Pacific Tigers haven’t been having what you’d call a good season. The Tigers are just 2-8 in the WCC, 8-15 overall, and have struggled on both sides of the ball.
Offensively, the team doesn’t have many weapons and gets most of its scoring from two players.
Forward Ray Bowles averages 13.6 points per game but shoots poorly, only 35.6% from the field. He’s been huge in his last two games, however, putting up 22 against Loyola Marymount and 19 against San Francisco.
The Tigers need him to be on point to stay in this game against Saint Mary’s.
The team will also need senior guard T.J. Wallace. Wallace is scoring 12.9 points per game.
He’ll be necessary for running the offense and figuring out a way to get the ball inside and score against one of the best defenses in the country.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Saint Mary’s is 2-3 ATS in the last five games
- The OVER is 2-3 in PACIFIC’s last five games
Free Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. Pacific Tigers NCAAB Prediction:
Saint Mary’s impressive defense against WCC opponents gives it a huge advantage in this game. Plus, Pacific isn’t a very good team. The Gaels should get the win on the road.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Saint Mary’s -15.5
Saint Mary’s ATS hasn’t been great over the past five games, but Pacific only averages 67 points a game. Saint Mary’s should be able to hold the Tigers to less than that, while also scoring a lot.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Saint Mary’s 79 – Pacific 57
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