The No. 21 Saint Marys Gaels (3-0) are off to a hot start and will try to remain undefeated when they take on the San Jose State Spartans (1-2) at San Jose State Event Center. Saint Marys is a 21-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 143 points. Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 19, 2017.
Saint Marys Gaels at San Jose State Spartans ATS Preview
The last time the Gaels played, they won big over the Cal State Fullerton Titans, 76-57. Calvin Hermanson was the games high scorer with 22 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Saint Marys dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.2 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.545. For those same stats, Cal State Fullerton recorded marks of 26.5 and 0.450, respectively.
The Spartans are hoping for a better outcome after their 81-69 loss to the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in their last matchup. Ryan Welage was the games high scorer with 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Southern Utah had a much better turnover percentage (10.1 vs. 26.0). San Jose State, on the other hand, did a terrific job of getting and making free throws (21-29; 72.4 percent).
Second-chance opportunities might be few and far between for San Jose State in this showdown. The Spartans rank 271st in offensive rebounding percentage (26.9 percent), while Saint Marys ranks second in defensive rebounding percentage (77.9 percent) dating back to the 2016-17 season.
Since last season, the Gaels have had records of 31-4 straight up (SU) and 16-13-3 against the spread (ATS). Since last season, games featuring Saint Marys have had a tendency to finish under the projected point total (56.3 percent).
Meanwhile, the Spartans, have records of 15-18 SU and 12-18 ATS since last season. Games featuring San Jose State have finished over the projected point total 56.7 percent of the time over that same period.
The Gaels won the lone contest against the Spartans last season, 81-64. The Gaels dominated every facet of the game. They had an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.639 and a turnover percentage of 11.7. For those same stats, the Spartans put up marks of 0.482 and 14.2, respectively.
Saint Marys Gaels vs. San Jose State Spartans ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Saint Marys, ATS Winner – San Jose State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Gaels rank first in rebounds allowed per game (26.7) while the Spartans rank 97th (33.9).
- Saint Marys ranks 20th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while San Jose State ranks 71st (3.0).
- San Jose State ranks 145th in steals per game (6.3) while Saint Marys ranks 280th (4.3).
- The Gaels rank first in assists allowed per game (8.8) while the Spartans rank 130th (13.0).
- Saint Marys ranks 144th in three pointers attempted per game (21.7) while San Jose State ranks 261st (18.6).