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Bulldogs open as college hoops underdog vs Gaels

Louisiana Tech BulldogsSt. Mary's Gaels
27-7November 08, 2013, 11:30 | McKeon Pavilion28-7

McKeon Pavilion will host St. Mary's Gaels vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs action on Friday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

This season, the Gaels are 28-7 overall and 16-17 ATS ATS, while the Bulldogs are 27-7 and 17-12-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, St. Mary's boasts a 14-16 on the OU, and Louisiana Tech is 11-15.

View Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs St. Mary's Gaels Odds and Stats.

The Bulldogs were listed as 9-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 31-rated Louisiana Tech taking on the No. 10-rated Gaels in this contest.

Louisiana Tech lost its last outing, a 63-52 result against Southern Miss on March 25. They failed to cover in that game as a 6-point underdog. Raheem Appleby scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Bulldogs to a win (they lost 63-52 to Southern Miss at Reed Green Coliseum on Monday).

Last time out for St. Mary's, they were a 54-52 loser as they battled Memphis on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. The Gaels endured a 54-52 loss at the hands of the Tigers on Thursday, despite a 17-point effort from Brad Waldow at Palace of Auburn Hills.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulldogs rank No. 20 in NCAA Division 1 with 38.32 per game. That compares with St. Mary's’s No. 51 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where St. Mary's is college basketball's No. 26-ranked team at 7.8 per game, while the Bulldogs rate No. 41 with 7.44 per game.

A few Bulldogs at Gaels trends to consider:
Louisiana Tech is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Louisiana Tech is 19-4 SU in its last 23 games
Louisiana Tech is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisiana Tech's last 7 games
St. Mary's is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Mary's's last 10 games
St. Mary's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Mary's's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Louisiana Tech home to Centenary, Wednesday, November 13th
St. Mary's at Akron, Tuesday, November 12th