Drake Bulldogs vs St. Mary's Gaels Betting Matchup Report
St. Mary's Gaels vs Drake Bulldogs Odds
The St. Mary's Gaels will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Bulldogs in Drake at Knapp Center on Wednesday in college basketball action.
Drake battles the Gaels, currently sitting with a 5-2 mark (3-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 2-2 for the Bulldogs and 3-1 for the Gaels.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Drake sat as 2-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bulldogs at No. 103 and the Gaels at No. 223 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 82-79 result in favor of the Gaels.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Drake's No. 35-ranked offense, averaging 78 PPG, against a Gaels defense that ranks No. 183 at 66.6 PPG. The Bulldogs field goal percentage has averaged 46.3% so far, less than the Gaels marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.7% per game.
Defensively, St. Mary's features the nation's No. 58-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.5 points per game. Drake, meanwhile, comes in at No. 58 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, St. Mary's was an 86-68 winner at home against Cal Poly. They covered the 14-point spread as favorites. St. Mary's got 17 points from Brad Waldow en route to an 86-68 victory over Cal Poly on Saturday at McKeon Pavilion.
Last time out for Drake, they were a 76-66 winner as they battled Nevada on the road. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. Drake earned a 76-66 victory over Nevada on Friday, getting 16 points from Richard Carter at Lawlor Events Center.
St. Mary's Gaels Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Jackson State are 1-0
After playing Cal Poly are 6-3
After a win are 6-4
Drake Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
After a win are 2-8
A few Gaels at Bulldogs trends to consider:
St. Mary's is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Drake is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
St. Mary's home to Jackson State, Tuesday, December 11
Drake home to IUPU Fort Wayne, Saturday, December 8