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St. Mary's Gaels face BYU Cougars: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

St. Mary's GaelsBYU Cougars
16-6February 01, 2014, 11:00 | Marriott Center14-9

The visiting St. Mary's Gaels hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Marriott Center against the BYU Cougars.

The Cougars are 14-9 so far on the season, and 8-12 ATS vs. the number. The Gaels, meanwhile, are 16-6 and 10-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen BYU go 7-13 and the Gaels go 12-6 on the totals.

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

Bettors looking to side with BYU in this one found them as -7-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cougars rated this week at No. 95 and the Gaels sitting at No. 41.

St. Mary's was a 61-43 loser in its last match on the road against San Diego. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Gaels endured a 61-43 loss at the hands of the Toreros on Thursday, despite an 18 -point effort from Brad Waldow at Jenny Craig Pavilion.

BYU was an 88-78 winner in their most recent outing at home against Pacific. They failed to cover the 12.5-point spread as favorites. BYU got 38 points from Tyler Haws en route to an 88-78 victory over Pacific on Thursday at Marriott Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits BYU's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 87.48 PPG, against a Gaels defense that ranks No. 52 at 65.59 PPG. The Cougars field goal percentage has averaged 47.07% so far, more than the Gaels marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.19% per game.

A few Gaels at Cougars trends to consider:
St. Mary's is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
St. Mary's is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Mary's's last 5 games
St. Mary's is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games on the road
BYU is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of BYU's last 5 games
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
BYU is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing St. Mary's

Next up:
St. Mary's at Loyola Marymount, Thursday, February 6th
BYU at Santa Clara, Thursday, February 6th