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NCAA Basketball Odds Betting Line Favors St. Mary's Gaels Over UC Irvine Anteaters

A key college basketball betting odds battle sees the away UC Irvine Anteaters taking on the St. Mary's Gaels Saturday.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The UC Irvine Anteaters opened as 18-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

UC Irvine Anteaters vs St. Mary's Gaels Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The St. Mary's Gaels are 8-2 so far on the season, and 3-6 ATS vs the number. The UC Irvine Anteaters, meanwhile, are 4-8 and 2-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen St. Mary's go 5-4 and the UC Irvine Anteaters go 4-5 on betting totals.

The Gaels - Anteaters odds would favor the Gaels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. St. Mary's is rated No. 67 in the current Odds Shark poll, while UC Irvine is at No. 255.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features St. Mary's's No. 48-ranked scoring average of 82.2 PPG, against a UC Irvine Anteaters defense rated No. 171 and allowing 73.33 PPG. The St. Mary's Gaels FG% has averaged 51.81% to date this season, more than the UC Irvine Anteaters shooters have managed so far (44.02% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Anteaters got 16 points from Max Hazzard, but it was UTRGV that prevailed in a 73-59 final on Saturday at UTPA Fieldhouse.

The Gaels blew out Seattle on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 97-73 win at McKeon Pavilion.

Betting Trends
  • UC Irvine is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • UC Irvine is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • UC Irvine is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Saint Mary's-California
  • Saint Mary's-California is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
  • Saint Mary's-California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

UC Irvine at Montana, Tuesday, December 19th
St. Mary's at Dayton, Tuesday, December 19th