Saint Mary’s Drops Dayton as Double-Digit Chalk

Willie Bee

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 1:33 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 1:33 PM UTC

Favored by 10+ on the NCAA basketball odds, Saint Mary’s looks for its first home cover of the season when the Dayton Flyers come to Moraga.

Dayton Flyers vs Saint Mary's Gaels

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Free NCAAB Pick: Saint Mary’s -10½Best Line Offered: at Heritage

A pair of teams looking to find some consistency in their games collide Tuesday night when the Dayton Flyers trek west to take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels. Dayton will be seeking its first back-to-back wins of the campaign having been stuck in a win one, lose one cycle since the season’s first tip. Saint Mary’s will be after its second 5-game win streak of the year, and simply searching for to get into a groove offensively.

The Atlantic 10-West Coast Conference clash gets underway at 10 PM (ET) in Moraga’s McKeon Pavilion, and if the Flyers are going to enjoy their first 2-game win streak, they’ll need to overcome double-digit odds with SBR’s top sports books listing the Gaels in the -10 to -11 point chalk range. Playing the scoreboard means a decision on a 141½ point total.

Flyers 5-0 When Scoring 71+ Points

Some of the inconsistency the Flyers are suffering through is due to a new coaching staff headed up by Anthony Grant, a former standout player at Dayton. The Flyers also lost forward Sam Miller to a suspension before the semester, plus have been without Trey Landers and Xeyrius Williams at times due to injuries. Both Landers and Williams have returned, leaving Grant to tinker more with his rotation in search for points behind leading scorers Darrell Davis (18.1 ppg) and Josh Cunningham (16.8).

Randy Bennett’s crew has simply played down to the competition at times, such as this past Saturday when the Gaels shot a season-low 41% in a 73-66 win over UC-Irvine as 17 point favorites on the NCAA basketball odds. The other end of the floor hurt Saint Mary’s earlier this year when Washington State pulled off a big upset at the Wooden Classic, 84-79, as a 17 point underdog. Jock Landale has been a beast inside for the Gaels, averaging more than 27 points and 12 boards his last three times out, and the team sits 13th in the country connecting on nearly 51% of field goal attempts.

Series History, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick

These teams met about 13 months ago in Dayton where both played solid defense. The Gaels appeared to be coasting to the victory with a 14-point lead and less than 3½ minutes remaining on the clock, but the Flyers made it interesting with a late run that just fell short, 61-57. Saint Mary’s covered as 2½ point chalk and the final never threatened a 146½ point total.

The Gaels are always tough at home, winning all six games in Moraga this year but standing 0-3 ATS in the lined affairs. My free college basketball pick will be made simply on faith they can put it all together tonight to grab the cover.

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