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Pepperdine Waves vs St. Mary's Gaels Point Spread: Betting Trends Hint at Winner

College basketball betting interest will be high on Saturday when the Gaels of St. Mary's hit the hard court against the Waves of Pepperdine.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors looking to go with the Pepperdine Waves in this one found them listed as 16-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting odds menu at Bovada. Check for line moves and odds updates as money coming in on the Gaels was expected to move the line.

St. Mary's Gaels vs Pepperdine Waves Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the St. Mary's Gaels have watched them go 16-2 and 8-8-1 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Pepperdine Waves are at 3-14 and 5-10-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Pepperdine Waves are 8-8, while the St. Mary's Gaels have a 8-8-1 mark.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pepperdine Waves rated this week at No. 315 and the St. Mary's Gaels sitting at No. 58.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Pepperdine's No. 194-ranked scoring average of 71.65 PPG, against a St. Mary's Gaels defense rated No. 34 and allowing 65.33 PPG. The Pepperdine Waves FG% has averaged 45.87% to date this season, less than the St. Mary's Gaels shooters have managed so far (51.59% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Gaels blew out Santa Clara on Thursday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 81-57 win at Leavey Center.

The Waves were hammered by BYU on Thursday, losing by a 83-63 final at Marriott Center in college basketball betting action.

Betting Trends
  • Saint Mary's-California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Saint Mary's-California is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Saint Mary's-California is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saint Mary's-California's last 6 games on the road
  • Pepperdine is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pepperdine is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pepperdine's last 9 games
  • Pepperdine is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

St. Mary's at Gonzaga, Thursday, January 18th
Pepperdine at Pacific, Thursday, January 18th