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College Basketball Matchup - St. Mary's Gaels Pepperdine Waves Odds Preview

Pepperdine WavesSt. Mary's Gaels
12-8January 23, 2014, 10:00 | McKeon Pavilion14-5

The St. Mary's Gaels will try to cover the spread at McKeon Pavilion on Thursday when they get a visit from the Pepperdine Waves in NCAA basketball action.

St. Mary's will face the 12-8 Waves, who own a 12-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Gaels are 10-5 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Waves are 8-9 favoring the OVER.

View Pepperdine Waves vs St. Mary's Gaels Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with St. Mary's in this one found them as -12-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 71-rated Gaels and the No. 136-ranked Waves, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Pepperdine, they were a 76-65 winner as they battled Portland at home. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Pepperdine got 16 points from Lamond Murray Jr. en route to a 76-65 victory over Portland on Saturday at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Last time out for St. Mary's, they were a 79-73 winner as they battled Pacific at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. The Tigers were burned for 26 points by Stephen Holt on Saturday as the Gaels put another game in the win column, 79-73, at McKeon Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Waves rank No. 151 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.45 per game. That compares with St. Mary's’s No. 207 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where St. Mary's is college basketball's No. 36-ranked team at 7.84 per game, while the Waves rate No. 99 with 6.55 per game.

A few Waves at Gaels trends to consider:
Pepperdine is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Pepperdine is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pepperdine's last 7 games
Pepperdine is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
St. Mary's is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
St. Mary's is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
St. Mary's is 16-8 ATS in its last 24 games when playing Pepperdine
St. Mary's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pepperdine

Next up:
Pepperdine at Pacific, Saturday, January 25th
St. Mary's at Loyola Marymount, Saturday, January 25th