Texas-Arlington Mavericks vs Saint Mary's Gaels - NCAA Basketball Betting Picks

Saint Mary's Gaels Player

Joe Catalano

Thursday, December 8, 2016 7:51 PM GMT

With outstanding defensive play, the St.Mary's Gaels have worked their way into the AP Top 25 and are slowly creeping up the ranks. The UT-Arlington Mavericks might have something to say about that tonight. Although the Mavericks are a considerable betting underdog, they've had their fair share of success. Can St. Mary's keep their unbeaten streak intact and will they cover this game is the question?

UT Arlington Mavericks (7-3) vs #12 St. Mary's Gaels (6-0) Strength of Schedule?

I might question the Gaels strength of schedule as they haven't beaten a ranked team, but they're coming off of a very convincing victory over a very good Stanford Cardinal team in which they held the Cardinal to just 51 points.

Stanford shot just 38.2% as opposed to 55.1% for St. Mary's. The Gaels also played as a collective team, dishing out 21 assists. Lastly, junior forward, Calvin Hermanson had his best game of the season, leading the Gaels with a team high 25 points on 7 of 9 from 3-point range. Quite simply, this game is a drop in competition from Stanford and there should be no reason why we don't see a similar effort from St. Mary's.

Man in the Middle

Every good basketball team need's a good big man to devour rebounds and have a presence in the paint. For St. Mary's, their best player, Jock Landale, does that and also has a fine offensive touch. Landale leads the Gaels at 19.7 points, 9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. I don't see anyone on UT-Arlington containing him. 

Although I'm leaning towards St. Mary's in this game, the Mavericks have won 6 consecutive games. That said, the wins were against very questionable competition. Leading scorer, Jalen Jones only played 19 minutes in the Mavericks 99-49 victory over Texas-Dallas and still managed to finish 18 points and 5 rebounds and if the Mavericks are to have any success against the Gaels, Jones will be a player to watch.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick: St. Mary's Gaels -15.5 Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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