BYU vs St. Mary's College Basketball Betting Tips 1/9/2020
Game: BYU Cougars vs St. Mary's Gaels
Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020
Location: McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, CA
TV: ESPN2, ESPNU
Odds/Point Spread: St. Mary's -5
The BYU Cougars head to McKeon Pavilion to take on the St. Mary's Gaels on Thursday, January 9, 2020. The opening line for this game has St. Mary's as 5 point favorites.
BYU comes into this game with an overall record of 12-4. They currently have a point differential of 11.7 as they are averaging 76.9 points per game while giving up 65.3 per contest. St. Mary's has an overall record of 14-3. They are averaging 78.0 points per game and surrendering 64.7, good for a point differential of 13.3.
Valuable BYU Cougars Betting Trends
The BYU Cougars are 9-6-0 against the spread this season
The BYU Cougars are 6-9-0 against the over/under this year
Important St. Mary's Gaels Betting Trends
The St. Mary's Gaels are 7-9-0 against the spread this season
The St. Mary's Gaels are 10-6-0 against the over/under this year
Key BYU Cougars Injuries
11/05/19 G Jesse Wade Knee is out indefinitely
01/04/20 F Gavin Baxter Shoulder is out for season
Key St. Mary's Gaels Injuries
No key injuries to report
TJ Haws comes into this game averaging 12.3 points per contest while playing 31.6 minutes per night this year. He grabs 2.4 rebounds per contest and distributes 4.9 assists per game. His FG percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage is 61%. Jake Toolson averages 14.6 points per contest in 34.2 minutes per game. He averages 4.2 assists per game and 4.9 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 46% for the season while his free throw percentage is 88%.
Jordan Ford scores 21.6 points per contest while playing 36.7 minutes per game. He hauls in 2.9 rebounds per contest and has 1.9 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is at 80%. Malik Fitts averages 15.8 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 33.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 7.9 rebounds per game and has 1.6 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 79%.
Useful Team Statistics
BYU averages 76.9 points per contest, which is 71st in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 11.7 and their shooting percentage is 49% as a unit, which has them ranked 12th. From 3-point territory they shoot 40%, which is good for 9th in the nation. They average 34.1 boards per contest and 17.3 assists per game, which ranks them 267th and 9th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 291st with 12.1 per game. The Cougars allow 65.3 points per contest, which is 92nd in the NCAA. They also surrender a 43% shooting percentage and a 28% average from 3-point range, ranking them 205th and 29th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 34.1 rebounds a game which ranks 128th, and they allow 10.8 assists per game which puts them in 62nd place in the country. They force 12.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 90th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
St. Mary's is 52nd in the nation with 78.0 points per contest this season. They are 13th in the country in shooting at 49%, while their average scoring margin is 13.3. They shoot 43% from beyond the arc, which is good for 1st in the NCAA. They are 279th in D-1 in rebounding with 33.8 boards per contest and 216th in assists per game with 12.9. The Gaels are 348th in turnovers per contest with 9.8. The Gaels give up 64.7 points per game, which ranks them 80th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 43% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 214th and 184th in those defensive statistics. They rank 4th with 8.4 dimes allowed per game and 15th with 30.2 boards surrendered per contest. The Gaels are 72nd in the nation in forcing turnovers with 12.5 per contest this year.
The Cougars are 45th in the nation in offensive rating with 109.3. In terms of pace they are 237th in the country with 69.3 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 58% is 3rd. As a team they are 7th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 44% of their shots, ranking 46th in Division 1. BYU is 258th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.7 times per 100 possessions.
St. Mary's is 345th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13 times per 100 possessions. The Gaels have an offensive rating of 115.5, which is ranked 3rd. They are 339th in D-1 in pace with 65.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 56% is 10th. As a unit they are 5th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 59% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 211th in the country.
Who will win tonight's BYU/St. Mary's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take BYU +5
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