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Houston vs Saint Mary’s Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 3rd Betting Odds
Cougars vs Gaels Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Houston Cougars at Saint Mary’s Gaels
- Where: Fort Worth at Dickies Arena
- Date: Saturday, December 3rd
- Betting Odds: Houston -11, HOU -723 | STMRY +483 O/U 118.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Saint Mary’s, the Houston Cougars will be taking the floor for the 8th time this season and have an overall record of 7-0. On the road, the Cougars will be playing their 2nd game of the season, having gone 2-0. This season, Houston has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 7-0. For today’s contest, Houston have a betting line set -11 points in their favor.
Houston will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marcus Sasser who is averaging 18.14 points per game for the Cougars. Sasser is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Cougars’ offensive gameplan is the play of Tramon Mark who has hit 44.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.57 points per game.
Houston comes into today’s matchup vs Saint Mary’s, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.8 points per game. Through 7 games, they have hit 46.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Cougars’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 621st in possessions per game.
Saint Mary’s will take the floor against the Cougars with an overall record of 6-2. Currently, the Gaels have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 5-2. When looking at the betting lines, Saint Mary’s will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +11 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 5-5 as the betting underdog.
Saint Mary’s will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Alex Ducas who is averaging 15.29 points per game for the Gaels. Ducas is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Gaels’ offensive gameplan is the play of Mitchell Saxen who has hit 53.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.86 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Saint Mary’s this season, as they are currently ranked 246th in college basketball at 69.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Gaels’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 185th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Houston Cougars -11
When it comes to getting a bet down for this game, our model points to Houston coming away with both a straight up and ATS win over Saint Mary’s as -11 point favorites. Houston should feel comfortable with the pace of this game, as Saint Mary’s also prefers to slow the game down. In addition, we like how the Cougars’ have been peforming well when favored to win, as they have made bettors money of late. In Houston’s previous 5 games as the favorite, they are 4-1 vs the spread. We will be riding that trend and cashing in on the Houston Cougars to win and cover vs Saint Mary’s.
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