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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(11-6) St. Mary’s Gaels vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (20-0)
Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Venue: McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington
Moneyline Odds: St. Mary’s Gaels (N/A), Gonzaga Bulldogs (N/A)
Betting Odds: St. Mary’s Gaels +20.5
Betting Total: O/U 142.5
We got a matchup pitting to teams from the WCC with the St. Mary’s Gaels traveling to Spokane, WA to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Thursday. The Gaels are coming off a 2 point loss against Pepperdine over the weekend, while Gonzaga beat San Francisco by 39 over the weekend.
As it stands right now, Saint Mary’s is 8th in the WCC at 2-4 6.5 games back of division leader Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are 1st in the WCC and #1 overall in the country at 20-0.
The Bulldogs are 8-2 in their last 10 matchups.
St. Mary’s Gaels
Saint Mary’s have played only one game since January 23rd and that came this past weekend versus Pepperdine who beat them by 2. They will have hoped to shake of some of that rust from being off 3 weeks. They had played in some close games before with 4 of last 6 decided by 4 points or less. They are 0-3 at home and 2-1 on the road in conference play this year.
Tommy Kuhse is the leader statistically speaking for the Gaels. He’s averaging 14.1 PPG, 5.4 APG and 1.5 SPG leading the team in all three categories. Backcourt teammate Logan Johnson 11.6 PPG will be helping him run the offense. They will be supported inside by Matthias Tass .8 BPG and Kyle Bowen 6.5 RPG.
Saint Mary’s should not be missing any players that have been in their rotation recently.
The Gaels do not shoot it well from 3pt range at 31.7% clip which is 272nd in the country. They also shoot 71.3% from the free throw line which is 156th in the country and in free throws can change how a team hangs around in a game.
Saint Mary’s comes into this contest averaging 66.4 points per game on the season, putting them 291st in the country in scoring.
Saint Mary’s is giving up an average of 61.8 points per contest on the year, which puts them 16th in the country in scoring defense.
The Gaels are 204th in the country with 34.9 Rebounds per game.
Gonzaga has won every game they have played this year. of their last 4 games this season. Their closest game this season is a 7pt win against West Virginia. That is their only game in single digits all season, they have played some good competition to going 4-0 against teams in the AP top 25. Their 10-0 SU and 3-5-1 ATS in their last 10. Also, in conference play they are 4-0 at home and 7-0 on the road.
Drew Timme is the leading player for Gonzaga at 19.4 PPG, 7.2 RPG and 0.9 BPG. He is partnered inside by Corey Kispert who is averaging 19.2 PPG. Andrew Nembhard 4.4 APG and Jalen Suggs 14.2 PPG and 2.2 SPG lead the backcourt. Gonzaga has 6 players averaging over 20 MPG.
Gonzaga should not be missing any players that have been in their rotation recently.
The Bulldogs are shooting at a 35.5% clip from 3pt range which is 99th in the country. They also shoot 72.7% from the free throw line which is 101st in the country and in a close conference matchup the free throw line can decide who wins or loses.
The Bulldogs are averaging 93.1 PPG on the offensive end of the floor this season, putting them 1st in the nation in scoring offense.
Gonzaga is average on defense giving up 69.3 PPG ranking 152nd in the nation.
Gonzaga is averaging 38.6 RPG which ranks 52nd in the nation.
- Saint Mary’s-California are 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games against Gonzaga.
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Saint Mary’s-California’s last 10 games on the road.
- Saint Mary’s-California are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games played in February.
- Gonzaga are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games played on a Thursday when playing at home.
- The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Gonzaga’s last 20 games against Saint Mary’s-California.
Free St. Mary’s Gaels vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs NCAAB Prediction:
I like the over in this game. I think with Saint Mary’s having not played but one game in 3 weeks they will have been looking forward to this game. They lost to them by 14 at home and I think they could float around the line of covering again but it’s very hard to take a team that has only played once in 3 weeks. That said the Zags will try and speed up the tempo against Saint Mary’s which will push this game over but may have to sweat it a little.
College Basketball Betting Pick: Over 142.5
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