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West Coast Tournament - Pepperdine Waves visit St. Mary's Gaels in college basketball clash

Pepperdine WavesSt. Mary's Gaels
15-15March 08, 2014, 11:30 | Orleans Arena21-10

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Pepperdine when they take on the St. Mary's Gaels on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

This season, the Gaels are 21-10 overall and 13-15 ATS, while the Waves are 15-15 and 17-10 ATS. As for the totals, St. Mary's boasts a 13-14 on the OU, and Pepperdine is 12-14-1.

View Pepperdine Waves vs St. Mary's Gaels Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with St. Mary's 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 at Odds Shark show No. 298-rated Pepperdine taking on the No. 100-rated Gaels in this contest.

Pepperdine was an 86-78 loser in its last match at home against Santa Clara. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. Pepperdine suffered an 86-78 loss against Santa Clara on Saturday, getting 18 points from Stacy Davis in a losing effort at Firestone Fieldhouse.

St. Mary's was a 75-47 loser in their most recent outing at home against Gonzaga. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. St. Mary's was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Gonzaga and falling by a 75-47 score at McKeon Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Mary's's No. 110-ranked scoring average of 72.35 PPG, against a Waves defense rated No. 188 and allowing 72.23 PPG. The Gaels FG% has averaged 45.33% to date this season, less than the Waves shooters have managed so far (45.53% per game).

A few Waves at Gaels trends to consider:
Pepperdine is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Pepperdine is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pepperdine's last 6 games
Pepperdine is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing St. Mary's
St. Mary's is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Mary's's last 5 games
St. Mary's is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Pepperdine
St. Mary's is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pepperdine