Free NCAA Hoops Pick: BYU vs. St. Mary’s CBB Odds
Looking for BYU Cougars vs. St. Mary’s Gaels NCAA basketball free picks & CBB odds? CBB betting sees the Cougars taking on the Gaels on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at University Credit Union Pavilion in Moraga, CA. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all college basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily NCAA basketball predictions like this Cougars Gaels matchup.
2022 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(19-8) BYU Cougars vs. St. Mary’s Gaels (21-6)
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022
Time: 10:00 PM ET
Venue: University Credit Union Pavilion
CBB Moneyline Odds: Cougars +210 / Gaels -240
CBB Betting ATS Odds: BYU +6 / St. Mary’s -6 (Bet Now!)
CBB Betting Total: O/U 134.5
The BYU Cougars needed a couple of wins under their belts to not let the season get away from them and they’ve done just that with a mini 2-game win streak improving to 9 – 3 in WCC Play. Gonzaga has the 1-seed pretty much locked up for the WCC Tournament so securing that second spot in the standings is the realistic goal for the Gaels with only 3 games left to play in the regular season.
The Gaels will play their last road game against the Toreros next time out and the regular season will conclude with a home game against… Those Zags, but again, it might mean more to the Gaels than it will to the Zags. That could make that final game interesting but St. Mary’s is coming off a nice win over San Francisco last time out, 69 – 64. (Boy, did we get lucky on that total but money is money)
Anyone following the Cougars or the WCC knows that BYU went through a tough stretch that basically has their post-season bid in jeopardy depending on this season ends. While Gonzaga, St. Mary’s, San Francisco, and Santa Clara have intentions of reaching one of the tournaments, BYU is on that proverbial bubble to be in the NIT much less the NCAA Tournament.
Well, I am certainly right about how the public sees the BYU program, and I cannot write or repeat the things that the Deseret (.com) piece can tell you about the status us the Cougars coming into this game.
I don’t usually want to point you to another site but it shows how important this individual game has become for both teams with only a couple of games left to play before the WCC Tournament gets underway. More importantly, everyone is questioning how many WCC teams end up taking post-season bids in 2022.
Has BYU done enough to be an at-large entrant to the big dance? Would a deep run in the conference tourney make a bigger impression to go with a strong finish to the regular season? You’re damn right it would, but I think we all see this as an NIT product regardless if they make it into the madness that is truly March madness!
BYU has already taken a win over the Gaels in Provo so the sweep of the Gaels could break any tie-breaking procedures in the final regular-season standings. The Cougars were 14 – 3 overall after taking a 52 – 43 win over St. Mary’s and I think we all had the Cougars easily marked for the NCAA Tournament. Since that win, a 3 – 5 run that started with a loss to the Zags started raising questions about how good this team is.
This is a monster game and you make no mistake that everyone wearing a blue and white jersey tonight will be playing for their post-season hopes.
Fousseny Traore might not be making an appearance tonight for the Cougars, and that would take BYU’s third-leading scorer off the board. Traore is averaging 8.5 PPG but the more important loss could be his 8.3 boards a night inside. If Traore doesn’t go, it might be another need for Alex Borcello to go off again.
Did you see the Pepperdine game and what Borcello did with Mallette from the Waves? Yeah, uh, go watch some video of the BORCELLO VS. MALLETTE fucking madness in the 91 – 85 win for the Cougars. The Cougars will finish the season against Pepperdine after their game with Loyola so buckle up for that madness… before March Madness, LoL
St. Mary’s Gaels
Well, we got a little lucky cashing that Over 132 last time out with San Francisco but I said if the line setters only ask us to reach 133 points then we will take a cashed ticket. So, 133 points later we cashed a ticket, and wouldn’t it be great if it was always like that?
The game with Dons was great and you know that since I wrote that up I was watching every second of it. I almost wanted to call the game on my own website now that I have my own channel to call basketball games. You should come to hang out and listen to me talk hoops during the night and oh, I bet on things!
Anyway, St. Mary’s has been stellar at home for years as many WCC fans recognize and the line setters seem to like their chances against BYU tonight. At -6, that is a considerable slice of chalk to ask for considering that this is such a big game for both of these teams tonight. BYU needs to get this win to keep any talk of their NCAA chances alive with a win and the Gaels really want that 2nd seed in the WCC tournament.
In the win over the Dons, Tommy Kuhse played all 40 minutes with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and came up with 4 steals to stuff the boxscore. Logan Johnson landed 16 points while matching the 6 rebounds and 4 steals of Kuhse in the 69 – 64 win to sweep San Francisco in the season series and bolster their odds of that 2-seed position in the final standings.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Cougars are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog.
- Cougars are 7-2-2 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog.
- Over is 4-0 in Cougars’ last 4 road games.
- Over is 5-1 in Cougars’ last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Over is 7-0-1 in Gaels last 8 home games.
- Over is 8-2-1 in Gaels last 11 overall.
Free BYU Cougars vs. St. Mary’s Gaels NCAAB Betting Prediction:
So, the San Fran game ended on 133 and the Gaels can’t light up BYU tonight? Yeah, listen to your buddy Ej the Rainmaker, all right?
It will be closer to 82 – 78 and we have a game that makes 134.5 looks like child’s play!
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Over 134.5
If you’re looking for more College basketball picks like this BYU Cougars vs. St. Mary’s Gaels matchup we’ll be providing 4* free college basketball predictions on the blog all season long, and check out our Experts for guaranteed premium & free NCAAB Hoops picks!
Register here for a FREE CBB Betting Account Now for Daily Free Picks & More Special Offers!