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St. Mary's South Carolina Betting Preview

South Carolina GamecocksSt. Mary's Gaels
2-5December 22, 2013, 11:00 | Stan Sheriff Center9-0

A key college battle sees the visiting South Carolina Gamecocks travelling to St. Mary's Sunday to take on the Gaels.

The Gaels are 9-0 so far on the season, and 6-1 ATS vs. the number. The Gamecocks, meanwhile, are 2-5 and 2-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen St. Mary's go 5-1 and the Gamecocks go 2-3 on the totals.

View South Carolina Gamecocks vs St. Mary's Gaels Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Gaels in this one found them listed as -9.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Sunday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Gamecocks was expected to move the line.

This game matches up the No. 16 (Gaels) and the No. 240 (Gamecocks) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

South Carolina lost its last outing, a 74-68 result against USC Upstate on December 19. South Carolina suffered a 74-68 loss against USC Upstate on Thursday, getting 19 points from Sindarius Thornwell in a losing effort at Colonial Life Arena.

St. Mary's won its last outing, a 59-44 result against American on December 19. The Gaels grabbed a 59-44 win over the Eagles on Thursday, behind a 17-point effort from Brad Waldow at McKeon Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and St. Mary's has the nation's No. 55-rated offensive output, at 78.67 PPG. The visiting Gamecocks defense ranks No. 140 allowing on average 70.29 PPG. The Gaels FG% has averaged 48.67% so far, more than the Gamecocks marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.3% per game.

Next up:
South Carolina home to Akron, Saturday, December 28th
St. Mary's at Pacific, Monday, December 30th