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NCAA hoops odds preview - BYU vs. St. Mary's

BYU CougarsSt. Mary's Gaels
17-10February 15, 2014, 08:00 | McKeon Pavilion19-7

BYU pays a visit to St. Mary's on Saturday, hoping to send the Gaels to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at McKeon Pavilion.

The Gaels sit at 19-7 (12-11 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Cougars are currently 17-10 (9-15 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? St. Mary's is 13-9 OU, and BYU is 10-14 OU.

View BYU Cougars vs St. Mary's Gaels Odds and Stats.

The Cougars were listed as 3.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Gaels rated this week at No. 43 and the Cougars sitting at No. 35.

In their last action, BYU was an 89-82 loser on the road against Pacific. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Cougars wasted a 28-point performance from Matt Carlino in losing to Pacific 89-82 on Thursday at Spanos Center.

St. Mary's won its last outing, a 69-57 result against San Diego on February 13. They covered in that game as a 11.5-point favorite. The Gaels grabbed a 69-57 win over the Toreros on Thursday, behind a 21-point effort from James Walker III at McKeon Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Mary's's No. 79-ranked scoring average of 74.27 PPG, against a Cougars defense rated No. 252 and allowing 78.85 PPG. The Gaels FG% has averaged 46.1% to date this season, less than the Cougars shooters have managed so far (46.78% per game).

A few Cougars at Gaels trends to consider:
BYU is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
BYU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of BYU's last 5 games
BYU is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
St. Mary's is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Mary's's last 5 games
St. Mary's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Mary's's last 5 games at home

Next up:
BYU home to Gonzaga, Thursday, February 20th
St. Mary's at San Francisco, Thursday, February 20th