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Postseason NIT - Utah Utes visit St. Mary's Gaels in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Utah UtesSt. Mary's Gaels
21-11March 18, 2014, 11:00 | McKeon Pavilion22-11

The St. Mary's Gaels will be trying to slam the Utah Utes on Tuesday when the teams tip off at McKeon Pavilion in Postseason NIT betting action.

Utah was a tiny 1-point underdog Monday at [custom:betdsi-link} while the total was hovering around 130.5 over at BetOnline. Of note, the total has gone UNDER in 9 of St. Mary's last 10 games.

Supporters of the Utes have watched them go 21-11 and 20-7 ATS on the year, while the Gaels are at 22-11 and 14-16 ATS. In totals betting, the Gaels are 14-15, while the Utes have a 12-14-1 mark.

View Utah Utes vs St. Mary's Gaels Odds and Stats.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 56-ranked Gaels and the No. 122-rated Utes in this matchup.

Utah was a 71-39 loser in its last match on the road against Arizona. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Utah was crushed on Thursday, getting blown out by Arizona and falling by a 71-39 score at MGM Grand.

St. Mary's lost its last outing, a 70-54 result against Gonzaga on March 10. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point underdog. St. Mary's got 14 points from Brad Waldow but lost anyway, 70-54, to Gonzaga on Monday at Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Utes is ranked No. 120 in NCAA hoops at 35.38 per game. Contrast that with St. Mary's’s No. 164 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, St. Mary's is the No. 72-ranked team in the country at 7.06 per game, while Utah rates No. 120 at 6.19 per game.

A few Utes at Gaels trends to consider:
Utah is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Utah is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Utah's last 5 games
Utah is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
St. Mary's is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of St. Mary's's last 10 games
St. Mary's is 20-5 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Mary's's last 5 games at home