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Toreros open as college hoops underdog vs Gaels

St. Mary's GaelsSan Diego Toreros
Jan 5, 9:00 PM | Jenny Craig Pavilion

St. Mary's Gaels vs San Diego Toreros Odds


College hoops betting interest focuses on the San Diego vs St. Mary's battle Thursday at Jenny Craig Pavilion as the Toreros look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.

The Gaels will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 7-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Toreros are 3-7 ATS. St. Mary's is 5-4 on the totals; San Diego is 4-6.

View St Marys vs San Diego Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 17.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Toreros - Gaels odds would favor the Gaels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. San Diego is rated No. 301 in the current Odds Shark poll, while St. Mary's is at No. 10. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 86-61 win for the Gaels.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Gaels is ranked No. 44 in NCAA hoops at 38.8 per game. Contrast that with San Diego’s No. 278 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, San Diego is the No. 182-ranked team in the country at 6.2 per game, while St. Mary's rates No. 30 at 8.5 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, St. Mary's owns the country's No. 9-rated mark, allowing 56.3 points per game on the highway. San Diego, on the other hand, rates No. 257 in scoring at home.

St. Mary's won its last outing, a 74-45 result against Pepperdine on December 31. They covered in that game as a 13.5-point favorite. St. Mary's cruised to victory on Saturday, running Pepperdine out of the gym and running up a 74-45 score at Firestone Fieldhouse.

In their last action, San Diego was an 88-52 loser on the road against BYU. They failed to cover the 22.5–point spread as underdogs. San Diego was run off the court by the Cougars on Saturday as BYU routed them 88-52 at Marriott Center.

St. Mary's Gaels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing San Francisco are 8-2
After playing Pepperdine are 9-1
After a win are 9-1

San Diego Toreros Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Loyola Marymount are 5-5
After playing BYU are 2-0
After a loss are 3-7

A few Gaels at Toreros trends to consider:
St. Mary's is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games on the road
St. Mary's is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against San Diego
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Diego's last 6 games when playing St. Mary's
San Diego is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against St. Mary's
San Diego is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games when playing at home against St. Mary's
San Diego is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
St. Mary's home to San Francisco, Monday, January 9
San Diego home to Loyola Marymount, Saturday, January 7