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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Waves underdogs vs Gaels at Pepperdine

St. Mary's GaelsPepperdine Waves
17-7February 08, 2014, 04:00 | Firestone Fieldhouse14-10

Pepperdine will look to improve on its 14-10 record on Saturday when they host St. Mary's in NCAA basketball odds action at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Gaels will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 11-10 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Waves are 15-6 ATS. St. Mary's is 13-7 against the total, while Pepperdine is 10-10-1 versus the number.

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

Pepperdine opened as 4.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Waves rated this week at No. 154 and the Gaels sitting at No. 87.

Last time out for St. Mary's, they were a 77-58 winner as they battled Loyola Marymount on the road. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Kerry Carter scored 20 points leading the Gaels to a 77-58 victory over Loyola Marymount at Gersten Pavilion on Thursday.

Pepperdine was an 80-69 winner in their most recent outing at home against Pacific. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. Pepperdine got 24 points from Stacy Davis en route to an 80-69 victory over Pacific on Thursday at Firestone Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Gaels is ranked No. 169 in NCAA hoops at 34.42 per game. Contrast that with Pepperdine’s No. 141 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Pepperdine is the No. 111-ranked team in the country at 6.42 per game, while St. Mary's rates No. 63 at 7.29 per game.

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

Next up:
St. Mary's home to San Diego, Thursday, February 13th
Pepperdine at Gonzaga, Thursday, February 13th