Saint Mary's @ Pepperdine
Current Records: Saint Mary's 12-4; Pepperdine 6-10
What to Know
Get ready for a West Coast battle as the Saint Mary's Gaels and the Pepperdine Waves will face off at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday at Firestone Fieldhouse. The teams split their matchups last year, with Pepperdine winning the first 60-58 at home and Saint Mary's taking the second 66-61.
The Gaels came up short against the Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday, falling 52-43. A silver lining for Saint Mary's was the play of forward Matthias Tass, who dropped a double-double on 15 rebounds and 13 points in addition to three blocks.
Meanwhile, Pepperdine came up short against the San Diego Toreros on Monday, falling 72-62. Guard Houston Mallette had a pretty forgettable game, finishing with only eight points on 3-for-15 shooting in his 27 minutes on the court.
Saint Mary's is the favorite in this one, with an expected 13-point margin of victory. Those burned by picking them against the spread on Saturday might want to keep in mind that the team has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.
The losses put the Gaels at 12-4 and the Waves at 6-10. Two defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Saint Mary's enters the game with only 57.8 points allowed per game on average, good for 10th best in college basketball. On the other end of the spectrum, Pepperdine is stumbling into the contest with the 39th most points allowed per game in college basketball, having given up 75.2 on average. So the cards are definitely stacked against Pepperdine.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 11 p.m. ET
- Where: Firestone Fieldhouse -- Malibu, California
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $30.00
The Gaels are a big 13-point favorite against the Waves, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Gaels as a 12.5-point favorite.
Saint Mary's have won ten out of their last 14 games against Pepperdine.
- Feb 22, 2021 - Saint Mary's 66 vs. Pepperdine 61
- Feb 13, 2021 - Pepperdine 60 vs. Saint Mary's 58
- Mar 08, 2020 - Saint Mary's 89 vs. Pepperdine 82
- Jan 18, 2020 - Saint Mary's 78 vs. Pepperdine 69
- Feb 16, 2019 - Saint Mary's 72 vs. Pepperdine 65
- Jan 26, 2019 - Pepperdine 84 vs. Saint Mary's 77
- Mar 04, 2018 - Saint Mary's 69 vs. Pepperdine 66
- Feb 22, 2018 - Saint Mary's 75 vs. Pepperdine 61
- Jan 13, 2018 - Saint Mary's 91 vs. Pepperdine 67
- Feb 23, 2017 - Saint Mary's 78 vs. Pepperdine 49
- Jan 21, 2017 - Saint Mary's 85 vs. Pepperdine 65
- Mar 07, 2016 - Saint Mary's 81 vs. Pepperdine 66
- Feb 11, 2016 - Pepperdine 69 vs. Saint Mary's 63
- Jan 09, 2016 - Pepperdine 67 vs. Saint Mary's 64