Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Dons vs Gaels CBB Odds
Looking for San Francisco Dons vs. St. Mary’s Gaels NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Dons taking on the Gaels on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA hoops predictions like this USF St. Mary’s matchup.
(12-11) San Francisco Dons vs. St. Mary’s Gaels (21-2)
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Time: 11:00 PM ET
Venue: McKeon Pavilion, Moraga, CA.
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Gaels -14.5
CBB Betting Total: 136
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San Francisco Dons
The Dons have held their own in the West Coast Conference, despite only winning four of their ten games. They have lost (in order) at San Diego by ten, versus BYU by ten, at LMU by two, versus Gonzaga by ten, at Santa Clara by three and at Gonzaga by nine. This is their first of two scheduled games against Saint Mary’s.
The defense is the strong point of the team. USF gives up less than a point per possession and has the 87th-best adjusted defense in the nation, according to KenPom. But when your leading scorer only shoots 39 percent, that’s a problem and that’s what San Fran is dealing with.
Saint Mary’s Gaels
Saint Mary’s comes in at #16 at KenPom but first in the WCC standings thanks to its win at Gonzaga a couple of weeks back.
If you examine those teams at the top of KenPom, Saint Mary’s has a noticeably large disparity between its offensive and defensive rank. The Gaels are the fourth-best offense in the country but 111 in defense.
Regardless, 16 wins in a row is the best in the country and a new school record. They are only one of six teams in the entire country with fewer than three losses. The other five are Villanova, Virginia, Purdue, Cincinnati and Auburn. Of that group, SMC is ranked the lowest at KenPom.
They’ve got to go to San Diego and then LMU after this game but the Gaels can just about put a bow on the WCC regular season crown with a win versus Gonzaga after that.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 11-3 in USF last 14 road games.
- USF are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. West Coast.
- SMC are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. West Coast.
- Under is 28-10-1 in SMC last 39 Thu. games.
- Head to Head: Over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
Free San Francisco Dons vs. St. Mary’s Gaels NCAAB Prediction: Saint Mary’s makes it 17 straight.
And I have a feeling that Gonzaga game will be for 20. Dons keep it close though.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Dons ATS.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: San Francisco 69 – St. Mary’s 79
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