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College baskeball point spread favors Gaels in battle with Dons

San Francisco DonsSt. Mary's Gaels
Jan 12, 11:00 PM | McKeon Pavilion

San Francisco Dons vs St. Mary's Gaels Odds

7-9TEAM RECORD12-4

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on McKeon Pavilion Saturday as host St. Mary's looks to handle the San Francisco Dons in NCAA hoops action.

This season, the Gaels are 12-4 overall and 7-7 ATS ATS, while the Dons are 7-9 and 8-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, St. Mary's boasts a 7-4 on the OU, and San Francisco is 4-6-1.

View San Francisco vs St Marys Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 14.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Gaels, most recently No. 137 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Dons, who rate No. 158 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 84-73 victory for the Gaels.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Dons is ranked No. 203 in NCAA hoops at 34.6 per game. Contrast that with St. Mary's’s No. 109 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, St. Mary's is the No. 25-ranked team in the country at 8.4 per game, while San Francisco rates No. 76 at 7.2 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, San Francisco owns the country's No. 30-rated mark, allowing 60.4 points per game on the highway. St. Mary's, on the other hand, rates No. 30 in scoring at home.

San Francisco lost its last outing, a 70-66 result against San Diego on January 10. They failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. San Francisco suffered a 70-66 loss against San Diego on Thursday, getting 19 points from Cody Doolin in a losing effort at War Memorial Gymnasium.

St. Mary's was an 83-78 loser in its last match on the road against Gonzaga. They covered the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Stephen Holt scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Gaels to a win (they lost 83-78 to Gonzaga at McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday).

San Francisco Dons Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Santa Clara are 5-5
After playing San Diego are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

St. Mary's Gaels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing BYU are 5-0
After playing Gonzaga are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few Dons at Gaels trends to consider:
San Francisco is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
San Francisco is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Mary's
St. Mary's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
St. Mary's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Francisco
St. Mary's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Francisco
St. Mary's is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
San Francisco home to Santa Clara, Thursday, January 17
St. Mary's at BYU, Wednesday, January 16