Why bettors shouldn't overlook Saint Mary's
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.
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.