BYU Cougars take on Gaels in NCAA basketball test
BYU Cougars vs St. Mary's Gaels Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting BYU Cougars travelling to St. Mary's Thursday to take on the Gaels.
The Cougars will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 12-15 ATS against the number this season, while the Gaels are 12-13 ATS. BYU is 9-12-1 on the totals; St. Mary's is 11-11.
Bettors looking to go with the Gaels in this one found them listed as 8-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Cougars was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 55-rated BYU taking on the No. 64-rated Gaels in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 85-81 win for the Gaels on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Cougars rank No. 32 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.4 per game. That compares with St. Mary's’s No. 101 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where St. Mary's is college basketball's No. 20-ranked team at 8.3 per game, while the Cougars rate No. 215 with 5.8 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, BYU owns the country's No. 288-rated mark, allowing 74.6 points per game on the highway. St. Mary's, on the other hand, rates No. 19 in scoring at home.
BYU won its last outing, a 70-68 result against Utah State on February 19. They failed to cover in that game as a 11.5-point favorite. The Cougars got a terrific 27-point effort from Tyler Haws as BYU defeated Utah State 70-68 on Tuesday at Marriott Center.
St. Mary's was a 61-50 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Loyola Marymount. They failed to cover the 13.5-point spread as favorites. St. Mary's earned a 61-50 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday, getting 16 points from Stephen Holt at Gersten Pavilion.
BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Gonzaga are 4-1
After playing Utah State are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
St. Mary's Gaels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 9-1
After playing Loyola Marymount are 8-2
After a win are 8-2
A few Cougars at Gaels trends to consider:
BYU is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
BYU is 3-11 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
St. Mary's is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
St. Mary's is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
St. Mary's is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing BYU
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Mary's last 5 games when playing BYU
BYU home to Gonzaga, Thursday, February 28
St. Mary's home to Creighton, Saturday, February 23