BYU at St. Mary's: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

BYU at St. Mary's: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

St. Mary's Gaels (9-3) vs BYU Cougars (9-3)

Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:00 pm (University Credit Union Pavilion)

Betting Odds: St. Mary's Gaels -1 -- Over/Under: 132 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The BYU Cougars and Saint Mary’s Gaels face off on Thursday for a college basketball showdown at McKeon Pavilion.

The BYU Cougars looked to be one of the better teams on the west coast. On the season, BYU sits with a 9-3 record overall and coming into this game they have won four of the last five games. The one loss this season for BYU came in their last game against Gonzaga, a game they scored only 69 points in. BYU is averaging 75.4 points per game while their defense is giving up 69.8 points per game. In this game it’s going to be about the offense being strong. BYU is led by Alex Barcello who averages 16.2 points and shoots 57.9 percent from the field and 60 percent from deep..

On the other side of this matchup is the Saint Mary’s Gaels and coming into this game they sit with a 9-3 record overall but they have lost two of the last three games. In the last game against Santa Clara they couldn’t make enough plays in the last two minutes and that led to the defeat. Saint Mary’s on the season is averaging 68.9 points per game while their defense is giving up 60 points per game. In this game the defense is going to need to step up like they have most of the season. Saint Mary’s is led by Tommy Kuhse who averages 14.8 points and shoots 44.2 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from deep..

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BYU is 19-7-1 against the spread in their last 27 games played on Thursday. The under is 46-18-2 in Saint Mary’s last 66 games played on Thursday. BYU is 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 meetings against Saint Mary’s. The under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings played between the two teams.

Saint Mary’s defense is going to lock down in this game and that is going to lead to a low scoring game. Look for a slower-paced game and that is going to stay well under the posted total. Back the under to cash with ease.

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