#20 St. Mary's vs Pepperdine - Feb 23rd Picks Of The Day

Joe Catalano

Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:24 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 6:24 PM UTC

Of course, the followers knew that I was headed over to St. Mary's. With the exception of their head to head matchups with Gonzaga, the Gaels have been destroying their opponents with their 2nd rated defense in the country. St. Mary's is an 18.5 point betting favorite on the road against a very ineffective Pepperdine Waves team. Is this game head for a "wipeout" that it appears for the Waves is the question?

#20 St. Mary's vs Pepperdine Late Season Progression

St. Mary's is one of my sleeper teams as they possess such a potent defense. The Gaels have allowed a mere 56.3 points for the season and have gotten progressively stronger as the season has went on.They even gave Gonzaga a good test in their last matchup between the WCC's best.

St. Mary's has won 9 out of their last 10 games and is coming off of an 81-48 victory over Loyola Marymount and a 70-57 victory over a respectable BYU Cougars team since their loss to Gonzaga. While their defense is their "bread and butter", center Jock Landale is the Gaels go to guy and this has been their recipe for success.

Jock Landale

The one achilles heel to Landale's game has been his inability to stay out of foul trouble. Against BYU, he played just 14 minutes and against Gonzaga, Landale played 25 minutes due to foul trouble. That said, this is a player that makes the most of his time out on the court as he poured in 24 points and 8 rebounds against Gonzaga. This is a big money player with a ton of size and experience. Look for Landale to control the boards as St. Mary's defense takes control of this game. 

St. Mary's has already beaten Pepperdine 85-65 this season and the Gaels must attempt to contain senior Lamond Murray Jr.. Murray Jr. is a consistent source of offense, averaging over 20 points per game and played rather well in the 1st meeting between these two teams. Since then, St. Mary's defense has gotten stingier The Gaels are the play despite the high spread.

 Free NCAAB Pick: St. Mary's Gaels -18.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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