Why bettors shouldn't overlook Saint Mary's

Why cappers shouldn't be overlooking Saint Mary's at the betting window

The slate of games on Thursday in college basketball is outstanding but when capping tonight's matchups, don't forget about a late tip-off on the West Coast.

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Iowa-Michigan State and Pittsburgh-Louisville will steal the headlines tonight with both matchups being featured on ESPN. But bettors should glance over the 11:00PM ET tip-off between Pacific and Saint Mary's with how profitable the Gaels have been at the betting window this season.

Saint Mary's is 14-2 overall and 12-1 against the spread, which is one of the best ATS records in college hoops this season. (IPFW is also 12-1 ATS, while South Carolina is 11-2 ATS and USC is 13-4-1 ATS.) In those 13 lined games, the Gaels are winning by an average margin of 20.8 points and covering the spread at a +10.2 clip. Saint Mary's also leads the nation in offensive efficiency at 124.5 points per 100 possessions.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book RealBet.eu, Saint Mary's is a 19-point home favorite over Pacific (4-11 SU, 6-8 ATS) tonight. The Gaels are coming off a 67-64 loss as an 8.5-point road favorite at Pepperdine, but previously covered spreads of 11.5 (at LMU), 19 (vs. USD) and 6.5 (vs. BYU). In fact, in their last five games as double-digit favorites, the Gaels are 5-0 ATS.

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