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(22-10) BYU Cougars vs. St. Mary’s Gaels (27-3)
2017 NCAA Basketball – WCC
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2017
Time: 11:30 PM ET
Venue: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Gaels -8
CBB Betting Total: 142.5
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The question in this one is just how much each team needs to win to make it to the NCAA Tournament. St. Mary’s has the better record but BYU has the stunning victory at Gonzaga.
Am I wrong to think there is more pressure on St. Mary’s. All we have seen over the past couple of months is them get beat up in their biggest games, both against the Zags. They need to show something.
The Cougars might have engineered the most stunning upset of the season when they beat the Zags at the Kennel. There is talent on this team but they are shooters so they can be hot and cold.
Eric Mika is going to put pressure on a good St. Mary’s defense. He averages 20ppg and makes sure that some of the Cougars shots will be from inside the arc.
T.J. Haws and Nick Emery are smooth backcourt players who are always looking to attack. They will have to be patient and not force their offense.
BYU plays at a brisk pace so this one is going to be a challenge. Their FG% is good so they will need to be disciplined and back it in a bit against the Gaels. I am not sure they can lure them to play their pace.
St. Mary’s Gaels
We know this team has experience and we know they play defense but what are the Gaels really. They have no signature wins win this season which means if they do not get the auto-bid in they might be left out again.
Jock Landale is having a nice season but his numbers have dimmed as the season has progressed. His two games against BYU have been mixed, dominant at home and ordinary on the road. They need him to be a difference maker.
Calvin Hermanson is the second leading scorer at 13ppg. He can hit from deep and will need to make a few threes to loosen things up for Landale inside.
The Gaels essentially play with two point guards in Emmitt Naar and Joe Rahon. They helps them remain steady in their offense but in terms of talent the Cougars are better for me.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Cougars are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Monday games.
- Cougars are 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Cougars are 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win.
- Gaels are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Monday games.
- Gaels are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Gaels are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Free BYU Cougars vs. St. Mary’s Gaels NCAAB Prediction:
BYU had momentum off the big win but they were not great in their WCC tourney opener against Loyola. How much was that Gonzaga win an outlier? We will find out here.
St. Mary’s had no trouble with Portland in the quarterfinals. They beat BYU twice during the regular season too. They really need to get this one and the chance to play Gonzaga again.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: BYU Cougars +8
All season long I have liked BYU better. This is the big moment and I think they come through.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: BYU 79 – St. Mary’s 72
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