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Portland Pilots face St. Mary's Gaels: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Portland PilotsSt. Mary's Gaels
15-13February 27, 2014, 09:00 | McKeon Pavilion20-9

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

The Gaels bring a 20-9 record (13-13 ATS) to this tilt against the 15-13 Pilots, who are 18-9-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed St. Mary's go 13-12 so far and the Pilots go 12-16.

View Portland Pilots vs St. Mary's Gaels Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, St. Mary's sat as -10-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

This game puts the Gaels, most recently No. 47 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Pilots, who rate No. 144 in the latest survey.

Portland was an 89-72 loser in their most recent outing on the road against BYU. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as underdogs. Ryan Nicholas scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Pilots to a win (they lost 89-72 to BYU at Marriott Center on Saturday).

St. Mary's won its last outing, a 76-54 result against Santa Clara on February 22. They covered in that game as a 5-point favorite. St. Mary's cruised to victory on Saturday, running Santa Clara out of the gym and running up a 76-54 score at Leavey Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Mary's's No. 93-ranked scoring average of 73.31 PPG, against a Pilots defense rated No. 188 and allowing 72.43 PPG. The Gaels FG% has averaged 46.12% to date this season, more than the Pilots shooters have managed so far (45.48% per game).

A few Pilots at Gaels trends to consider:
Portland is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 6 games
Portland is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Portland is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
St. Mary's is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
St. Mary's is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Mary's's last 6 games at home
St. Mary's is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Portland

Next up:
Portland at Pacific, Saturday, March 1st
St. Mary's at Gonzaga, Saturday, March 1st