St. Mary's vs Pepperdine Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/29/24

Pepperdine (12-18) vs St. Mary's (23-6)

Game Info: Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 11:00 pm (Firestone Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Pepperdine +15.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Saint Mary’s Gaels will play the Pepperdine Waves in a WCC game on Thursday night at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, California. Saint Mary’s has won 15 games in a row, while Pepperdine has won two of their last three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the St. Mary’s vs Pepperdine prediction.

St. Mary’s Preview

The St. Mary’s Gaels are 23-6 (14-0) this year after they defeated San Diego by a score of 88-62 in their last game. St. Mary’s led 43-30 at halftime and they out scored San Diego 45-32 in the second half for the easy win. The Gaels shot 55.9% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the game. St. Mary’s has won 15 games in a row and they are currently first in the WCC standings. The Gaels are scoring 74.6 points per game with 39.9 rebounds per game and 16.1 assists per game, while allowing 58.1 points against per game this year. Aidan Mahaney is averaging 13.9 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game, and 2.7 assists per game. St. Mary’s is shooting 46.6% from the field, 68.7% on free throws, and 34.8% on three pointers this season. 

Pepperdine Preview

The Pepperdine Waves are 12-18 (5-10) this season after they lost to San Francisco by a score of 92-68 in their last game. Pepperdine trailed 43-29 at the half and allowed 49 second half points in the loss. The Waves shot 45.8% from the field and were -3 in rebounding margin in the game. Pepperdine defeated Pacific by a score of 89-70 and Portland by a score of 91-70 in the two games prior to San Francisco. The Waves are scoring 73.1 points per game with 33.6 rebounds per game and 13 assists per game, while giving up 74.8 points against per game this season. Michael Ajayi is averaging 17.5 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, and 1.9 assists per game. Pepperdine is shooting 45.3% from the field, 69.5% on free throws, and 35.6% on three pointers this year. 

St. Mary’s vs. Pepperdine Betting Prediction

St. Mary’s comes into this matchup looking to continue their 15 game winning streak and they have been very impressive in conference play so far this year. The Gaels always have a great defense, but their offense is scoring over 74 points per game this year, which is a nice surprise. Pepperdine has won two of their last three games and they are at home for this matchup, but they are only 5-10 in conference play this season. St. Mary’s won the first meeting between these teams by a score of 103-59 and I have no reason to think this game will be much closer. Take the Gaels here. 

David’s Pick St. Mary's -15.5

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