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(17-2) St. Mary’s Gaels vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-3)
Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WA.
CBB Moneyline Odds: OFF
CBB Betting Odds: Gonzaga -7.5
CBB Betting Total: 152.5
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St. Mary’s Gaels
This is the matchup fans of the WCC wait for every season. The Gaels and Bulldogs will meet for the first of two regular season dates on Thursday, both undefeated and atop the conference standings.
Saint Mary’s has won five of its six conference games by at least 18 points, most of them by far more. The narrowest win came at home against San Diego, a seven-point win.
The Gaels (#19 KenPom) are led by the third-best offense, in terms of points per possession, in the country. They traditionally play at a deliberate pace under Head Coach Randy Bennett. But that hasn’t stopped Jock Landale from scoring nearly 22 points per game in his senior season.
He’s shooting better than 65 percent from the field in addition to being one of 19 players nationally to average double-digit rebounds per game.
But Gonzaga has enough talent in the front court to at least make Landale work on Thursday night.
Johnathan Williams and Killian Tillie are both nimble-footed defenders and Rui Hachimura will provide some energy and pressure on Landale if Mark Few opts to give him the chance.
Gonzaga is just a six-seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology, criminally under-seeded given that it is the #8 team in KenPom’s rankings.
Six guys average at least 10.6 points per game and Corey Kispert is more than capable of dropping 15-20 on any given night as the seventh option.
Gonzaga’s ten-point win at San Francisco over the weekend was its closest win of the conference season. The Bulldogs have wins of 30, 33, 46 and 49 points in their six WCC games alone.
CBB Betting Trends:
- SMC are 9-2-2 ATS in their last 13 vs. West Coast.
- Under is 6-2 in SMC last 8 vs. West Coast.
- Under is 36-16-1 in SMC last 53 road games.
- Over is 8-1 in GONZ last 9 home games.
- Under is 7-1 in GONZ last 8 Thu. games.
- GONZ are 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 Thu. games.
- Head to Head: Under is 11-2 in the last 13 meetings.
- Head to Head: Under is 18-4 in the last 22 meetings in Gonzaga.
Free St. Mary’s vs. Gonzaga NCAAB Prediction: the home team takes a high-level basketball game.
Saint Mary’s will be favored when it’s at home, but this has to be Gonzaga’s to lose.
The Bulldogs know they have to have this one to give themselves a shot to put the Gaels away when they go to their place in the second week of February.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Zags ATS
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: St. Mary’s 69 – Gonzaga 80
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