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#703 Saint Mary's -6.5 vs.
#704 Pepperdine 148.5
Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 4:00pm EST
Written by Philly Flash



#703 Saint Mary's College of California
#704 Pepperdine University


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Saint Mary’s Gaels vs Pepperdine Waves

Where: Firestone Fieldhouse

When: Saturday, January 18, 2020, 4:00 pm ET

We have a West Coast Conference matchup to consider for Saturday afternoon when the Saint Mary’s Gaels meet the South Pepperdine Waves for an afternoon of West Coast Conference action. The Gaels are 2-2 in the conference and enter this game coming off a one-point home loss to Santa Clara. Pepperdine is 2-2 in the West Coast standings and is hoping to extend a two-game winning streak when they host the Gaels.

Gael's Upset by Santa Clara

Saint Mary’s is in a four-way tie for the conference fourth spot and has an overall record of 15-4 this season. The Gaels have won three of its last five games and Saturday marks a one-off road game and the Gaels are a 2-1 team away from home this season.

The Gaels score an average of 77.8 points while allowing 65.8 points per game and are shooting 47.9 percent from the field, a nation-leading 40 percent from downtown and 76.1 percent from the charity stripe this season.

Saint Mary’s has three players scoring in double figures and is led by senior guard Jordan Ford. Ford averages 22.2 points per game with 3.1 caroms, 1.9 assists and is knocking down 43.3 percent of his triple attempts this season. Smith scored 30 points with six rebounds in Gael’s home loss to Santa Clara.

Waves Two Game Winning Streak

Pepperdine is 2-2 in conference play and boasts a 9-9 overall record this season. The Waves are 6-2 this season at home and have lost three of their last five games. Saturday is a one-off home game before traveling to Santa Clara and Pepperdine would love to get a much need home win over the Gael’s on Saturday afternoon.

The Waves score an average of 76.7 points per game and allow 77.2 points per game this season. Pepperdine makes 43 percent of its field goal attempts, 35.5 percent of its triple tries and leads the nation with an 80 percent free-throw shooting percentage.

Pepperdine has four players scoring in double figures and is led by junior guard Colbey Ross. Ross scores an average of 19.9 points per game with 3.9 caroms and leads the Waves with 7.4 assists per game. The junior guard is drilling 34.8 percent of his triple tries this season and is coming off a 20 point, eight assist outing in the Jaguars home win over Loyola Marymount.

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I will take the Gaels in this matchup. They are a good team coming off a bad loss and they are going to want to hammer the Waves and I think that is what will happen. Pepperdine is a good squad with a better than average defense but their inability to chase shooters off the three-point line is what is going to get them beat on Saturday. I will take Saint Mary’s to defeat Pepperdine in this matchup.

Prediction: Saint Mary's

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My math has this one ending at 153 points and that seems to fall a little bit on the high side. We have two solid defenses and Saint Mary’s is a top 100 team in points allowed. Saint Mary’s plays at one of the slowest tempos in the country whereas the Waves are an above-average tempo team. The Gaels have a tremendous amount of experience and the Gaels will force the Waves into playing at a slower pace than usual. I don’t see these two sides getting enough possessions to exceed the total. I will play UNDER at 153 points and above.

Prediction: Under

Written By Phil Naessens , "Philly Flash"

Phil Naessens is a professional high-performance tennis coach, writer, and radio host currently based in Cleveland Ohio. Phil is also known as “Fantasy Phil” and has a high level of experience as a former professional Daily Fantasy Sports player with 18 GPP wins. He is now solely focused on sports handicapping and sports betting and has joined OUR TEAM to help everyone win on a consistent basis.