St. Mary’s Gaels vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs
Two NCAA Tournament bound teams battle it out for the West Coast Conference Tournament title as the St. Mary’s Gael and the Gonzaga Bulldogs meet for the third time this year. The Bulldogs are -1.5 favorites over the Gaels with an over/under point total set at 134.
The St. Mary’s Gaels knocked off San Francisco in their tournament semi-final game but it’s clear that Randy Bennett’s team isn’t playing their best basketball of the season. St. Mary’s trailed at the half and though they took the lead in the second half and won the game they were never able to put San Francisco away until the final buzzer sounded. Matthew Dellavedova scored 17 points and had six assists, Rob Jones had 11 points and 13 rebounds, Brad Waldow had 12 points and six rebounds, and Clint Steindl had 19 points. With the emergence of Waldow it has given the Gaels another option this season and makes the regular season WCC champs that much tougher. St. Mary’s hopes to use the 14 point beating they took at Gonzaga the last time these two met as motivation to get it done here as the winner will likely get eh higher seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs were as impressive as anyone in their semi-final game in the WCC Tournament on Saturday as they got out early on BYU and never let the Cougars turn it into a game winning by 19 points. BYU had to cut into Gonzaga’s lead just to get it to a 12 point deficit at the half but the Zags were able to pull away even further by games’ end. Kevin Pangos was unstoppable scoring 30 points, Guy Landry Edi scored 11 points, and Elias Harris scored 10 points and had 15 rebounds. Robert Sacre played well but did the things that just don’t show up in the stat sheet. Gonzaga has won eight of their last nine games and hope to ride the wave of momentum that has carried them this far.
St. Mary’s is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven WCC games, 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Gonzaga is 4-0 against the spread in their last four neutral site games, 4-9-1 against the spread in their last 14 games overall, and 3-8 against the spread following a win.
The total on this one is dropping but that just makes the over an even better play as it was a play I liked at the open several points ago.