BYU vs Saint Mary’s College Hoops Preview & Free Pick

Posted by Henry Watkins on December 30, 2015 in

If you live out on the East Coast, you will have the opportunity to ring in the New Year by watching some NCAA Basketball betting action. The BYU Cougars head west to face the Saint Mary’s Gaels at the McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, CA on Thursday, December 31. All the action in this one begins at 11 PM EST on ESPNU.

A Closer Look at the Cougars vs Gaels College Hoops Match Up and Free Pick

This is a unique betting opportunity for East Coast fans, as many of them don’t stay up late enough to bet on the later West Coast games. What better way to ring in the New Year than by cashing in a winning ticket? will have all the odds and lines for this one as soon as they go live, so be sure to check back on a regular basis.

Why bet on the BYU Cougars

The 9-4 BYU Cougars are coming into this one on a modest 2-game winning streak, but they are also heading out West having failed to win on the road yet. They have losses at Long Beach State and Utah this season, and that has to make them a little nervous as they take to the road once more. A couple of relatively comfortable wins in their last 2 games may have helped their confidence a little, but this looks like being a very stern test for the Cougars. BYU is 6-3-1 ATS and 7-3-0 O/U so far this season. They are averaging 83.7 PPG, and are giving up 72.9 PPG.

Why bet on the Saint Mary’s Gaels

The Gaels are one of those teams that you don’t get to see very often unless you live out on the West Coast, but they are proving to be very profitable for bettors who know all about them. Saint Mary’s are 11-1 on the season, and are coming into this game on a 5-game winning streak after losing on the road to California. They have played a pair of conference games already, and managed to win both, which has them sitting on top of the WCC. This is a team that is a lot of fun to watch, so we suggest that you stay up late to give them a little look. The Gaels are 9-0-0 ATS and 4-5-0 O/U so far this season. They are averaging 79.7 PPG, and are giving up 59.4 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Gaels are unbeaten on home court this season, and are already looking like the team to beat in the WCC. I don’t see BYU being able to come in and get the win, which is why I have to go with the Gaels.

My Prediction: BYU Cougars 67 Saint Mary’s Gaels 81