The Georgia Bulldogs (4-1) and the No. 21 Saint Mary’s Gaels (5-1) face off in the Wooden Legacy at Titan Gym. The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 139 points with Saint Mary’s set as a 7-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 26, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. Georgia Bulldogs ATS Preview
The last time the Gaels played, they lost to the Washington State Cougars, 84-79. Saint Mary’s Jock Landale contributed 14 points and nine rebounds in the game. Washington State did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (11-14; 78.6 percent). Saint Mary’s, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (21.9 vs. 20.8).
The Bulldogs are trying to rebound after their 75-68 loss to the San Diego State Aztecs in their last outing. With 17 points, Georgia’s William Jackson II played well. San Diego State had a turnover percentage of 5.6 (better than their season average of 15.6). Georgia, meanwhile, held the Aztecs to an effective field goal percentage of 0.363 (below their season average of 0.553).
Since the 2016-17 season, a focal point for the Georgia offense has been to get to and convert from the free throw line. The Bulldogs rank 12th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.312), but Saint Mary’s has been among the best in the nation at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking 19th by yielding a FTA rate of 0.186). Additionally, the Gaels rank third in effective field goal percentage (0.581), while the Bulldogs rank 25th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.462).
Neither team has shown a tendency in terms of going over or under the O/U total. Both teams have outstanding straight up (SU) records (5-1 for Saint Mary’s; 4-1 for Georgia), but the Gaels have the edge against the spread (ATS). Saint Mary’s is 1-3 ATS, while the Bulldogs are 0-2.
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. Georgia Bulldogs ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Saint Mary’s, ATS Winner – Saint Mary’s, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Gaels rank 27th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while the Bulldogs rank 148th (3.4).
- Georgia ranks 230th in steals per game (5.4) while Saint Mary’s ranks 289th (4.2).
- Saint Mary’s ranks 17th in assists per game (16.6) while Georgia ranks 216th (12.7).
- The Gaels rank first in three pointers allowed per game (14.9) while the Bulldogs rank 199th (21.8).
- Saint Mary’s ranks first in rebounds allowed per game (26.7) while Georgia ranks 140th (34.6).