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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Gaels over Toreros

St. Mary's GaelsSan Diego Toreros
16-5January 30, 2014, 10:00 | Jenny Craig Pavilion12-10

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the San Diego Toreros try to run the St. Mary's Gaels off the court at Jenny Craig Pavilion in college hoops action.

The Toreros sit at 12-10 (11-7 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Gaels are currently 16-5 (10-8 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? San Diego is 9-8 OU, and St. Mary's is 12-5 OU.

View St. Mary's Gaels vs San Diego Toreros Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, San Diego sat as 3.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

This game puts the Toreros, most recently No. 226 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Gaels, who rate No. 41 in the latest survey.

San Diego won its last outing, a 65-63 result against Portland on January 25. They covered in that game as a 5-point underdog. San Diego got 21 points from Johnny Dee en route to a 65-63 victory over Portland on Saturday at Earle A. Chiles Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Gaels is ranked No. 183 in NCAA hoops at 34.33 per game. Contrast that with San Diego’s No. 178 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, San Diego is the No. 151-ranked team in the country at 5.86 per game, while St. Mary's rates No. 41 at 7.76 per game.

Next up:
St. Mary's at BYU, Saturday, February 1st
San Diego at Pacific, Saturday, February 1st