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24-3 St. Mary’s vs. Pepperdine Waves 9-19
2017 NCAA Basketball – WCC
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 10 PM ET
Venue: Firestone Fieldhouse Malibu, California
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: St. Mary’s -18.5
CBB Betting Total: 135
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St. Mary’s is the 20th ranked team in the nation and their only 2 conference losses this seas on have come against top-ranked Gonzaga. They have won their last two games by double digits and earlier this season at home beat Pepperdine by 20 points.
Pepperdine has lost 2 in a row after winning 3 straight and they are near the bottom of the WCC standings.
In their last games St. Mary’s beat BYU 70-57 and Pepperdine lost to Loyola Marymount 82-61.
St. Mary’s Gaels
St. Mary’s only ranks 222nd in the nation in points per game, but 2nd in points allowed.
In their win over BYU in their last game St. Mary’s jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead and they played well on both ends of the floor. For the game they shot 47.2% from the floor and held BYU to 39.7% shooting as well as forcing 11 turnovers.
In the BYU win Calvin Hermanson scored 17 points and Evan Fitzner went for 15 and he is only averaging 5.5 ppg.
St. Mary’s is led by Jock Landale (16.6 ppg) and Hermanson (12.7 ppg) and while they are the only two players that are averaging in double figures the Gaels are a pretty deep team.
The Gaels are only 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games facing Pepperdine.
This season St. Mary’s is 9-1 on the road.
Pepperdine ranks 270th in the nation in points per game and 328th in points allowed.
In the bad loss to LMU in their last game Pepperdine got off to a decent start, but they were outscored by 17 points in the 2nd half. For the game they really struggled on both ends of the floor only shooting 36.5% and they allowed the Lions to shoot 52.7%.
The Waves need to play better perimeter D in this game than they did in the LMU game where they allowed them to shoot 57.1% from behind the 3-pt line.
Lamond Murray Jr. was one of three players that scored at least 13 points in the loss to LMU. He is the leading scorer for the Waves this season averaging 20.5 ppg and while he went for 18 points in the loss to LMU he was only 5/18 from the floor.
Murray Jr., Chris Reyes (13.4 ppg) and Jeremy Major (11.7 ppg) are the 3 players averaging in double figures for Pepperdine this season and they are the players that the Gaels have to key on, as the next leading scorer isonly averaging 6.7 ppg.
Murray will need help in this game, as he went for 29 points in the earlier loss to St. Mary’s and the Waves still lost by 20 points.
Pepperdine is 7-5 at home this season.
CBB Betting Trends:
- STM is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- STM is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- PEP is 10-21 ATS in their last 31 games overall.
- PEP is 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 games as a home underdog..
Free St. Mary’s Gaels vs. Pepperdine Waves NCAAB Prediction:
St. Mary’s will win this game, but they won by 20 points at home and will not win by that much in this game and the Waves will cover the big spread.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Pepperdine +18.5
Pepperdine will not get totally embarrassed at home, but they will not get the W.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: St. Mary’s 70 Pepperdine 59
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