Sunday’s college hoops betting has a pair of west coast tips on the board, with the St. Mary’s Gaels hosting the Yale Bulldogs and the USC Trojans returning to Galen Center against the Dayton Flyers.

St. Mary’s takes its floor as big ‘chalk,’ while odds-makers see a tight tilt between the Trojans and Flyers. Will home cooking in California get the money or are the road dogs worth a look?

Yale Bulldogs at St. Mary’s Gaels 

BettingSt. Mary’s moved to a 4-1 spread record in its last five ‘board’ battles with Thursday’s 82-59 triumph over the Rhode Island Rams, collecting as a 20-point home favorite. The Gaels drained 8-of-19 buckets from three-point land as part of a 52.7 percent night of field shooting.

Gaels guard Matthew Dellavedova notched 12 points and a season-high 10 assists, finishing with his first double-double of the year. The battle’s combined 141 points leaped OVER the ‘total’ of 137 ½, with St. Mary’s sizably outrebounding the Rams, 40-13.

Yale logged an 85-75 defeat in Friday’s setback against the Nevada Wolf Pack, holding on to cash as an 11 ½-point road dog. The Bulldogs were held to 38.6 percent field shooting en route to picking up their seventh loss in nine spots away from home.

Bulldogs mates Austin Morgan and Michael Grace united to sink 12-of-12 free throws, combining for 37 points and six assists. Yale’s Justin Sears grabbed a team-high eight boards, while the matchup’s 160 points soared OVER the ‘total’ of 132.

St. Mary’s opened as a 22 ½-point home favorite at, with the Gaels playing the front end of a back-to-back. Monday’s action has St. Mary’s remaining home against the Harvard Crimson.

I am taking the big number here with Yale, looking for the back door to be left open. The Bulldogs have gone 2-1 ATS in their last three ‘board’ affairs, holding foes in that span to 67.7 PPG.

Justin Sears ranks as the Ivy League’s second best shooter for (53.2 percent), while being fifth in boards (6.5 RPG). Look for Sears and Co. to get the cover, adding another losing ticket to the Gaels’ 2-8 spread record in their last 10 contests that followed a spot of cashing ATS. 

Free Pick:  Yale Bulldogs +22 ½ (

And now for our second NCAAB pick for Sunday:

Dayton Flyers at USC Trojans

USC and Dayton have both been idle over one week, last seeing action on Dec. 22. The Trojans logged a 64-56 defeat as three-point road dogs against the Georgia Bulldogs, while Dayton collected as five-point home ‘chalk’ in a 77-68 victory over the Murray State Racers.

USC’s setback brought Kevin O’Neill’s squad to a 1-6-1 spread record in its last eight games, including a 1-3 ATS mark in four home dates. Dayton’s victory moved the Flyers to a 4-1 spread record in its most recent five duels, holding opponents to 67 PPG in that stretch. 

Trojans guard Jio Fontan ranks third in the Pacific-12 Conference for assists (5.3 APG), while mate Dewayne Dedmon has led his squad in boards (7.2 RPG) and steals (1.2 SPG). Dedmon was held scoreless in 12 minutes of action against Georgia, while Fontan drained 2-of-5 buckets beyond the arc en route to eight points.

Flyers junior Devin Oliver grabbed 11 rebounds against Murray State, moving to rank second in the Atlantic-10 Conference for boards (8.6 RPG). Dayton’s Kevin Dillard notched a double-double in the same matchup, finishing with 18 points and 10 of his side’s 19 assists.

I am backing Dayton in this duel, adding a ticket on the Flyers as one-point underdogs. Archie Miller’s troops have put up 80.3 PPG in its last trio of spots away from home, cashing with a 3-0 ATS mark.

The Flyers notched an 81-76 victory as 8 ½-point dogs over the Alabama Crimson Tide in their latest road contest, with Dillard knocking down 7-of-14 field buckets en route to 25 points. Dayton faces a USC squad logging a 7-19 spread record in its last 26 home dates, while putting up just 60.2 PPG in the span’s latest four contests.

Free Pick:  Dayton Flyers +1 (  

NCAAB Picks: Dayton and Yale to Cover at