Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Predictions

by | Mar 8, 2022 | cbb

Saint Marys Gaels (25-6 SU, 18-10-2 ATS) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (25-3 SU, 14-12-2 ATS)

When: Tuesday March 08 2022, 9:00 PM PM (ET)

Where: Orleans Areana

Point Spread: Saint Marys +12.5/ Gonzaga -12.5 (BetOnline - Fastest BTC payouts on the web!)

Total: 140

Money Line: SMC +517/ GONZ -659

Key Injuries

Saint Marys
St Marys has no reported injuries at this time.: St Marys has no reported injuries at this time. (St Marys has no reported injuries at this time.)

Gonzaga
Kaden Perry: Back (OUT)
Dominick Harris: Foot (OUT)

Recent Form

The Saint Marys Gaels come into this matchup with an overall record of 25-6. On the season, the Gaels have performed well in their 16 conference games, posting a record of 13-3. This mark is good for 2nd in the WCC. In addition to playing well in the WCC, Saint Marys has performed well on the road. Through 15 games, the Gaels are 9-6 away from home. Heading into this matchup, the Gaels are looking to stay hot, as they try to add on to their current 5 game win streak.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs get set to host the Gaels with an overall record of 25-3. On the season, the Bulldogs have performed well in their 15 conference games, posting a record of 14-1. This mark is good for 1st in the WCC. In addition to playing well in the WCC, Gonzaga has performed well at home. Through 16 games, the Bulldogs are 16-0 at home. Over their last 5 games, they have played above .500 basketball, holding a record of 4-1

For the season, the Saint Marys Gaels are averaging 69.6 points per game, good for a rank of 189th in the NCAA. When playing on the road, the Gaels’ scoring average drops to 64 points per game. On the other side, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the 1st ranked scoring offense, averaging 88.0 points per game. Throughout the season, the Bulldogs’ offense has not experienced an uptick when playing at home, averaging 90.0 points per game on their home floor. However, the Bulldogs’ defense has benefited from playing at home, giving up -3.0 fewer points per game.

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Efficiency Outlook

Gonzaga enters this matchup vs Saint Marys, having played 28 games as the more efficient offense and defensive team. In these contests, they have posted a record of 25-3. Through 28 games, the Bulldogs are averaging 82.0 points per 70.0 possessions (NCAA Average), compared to 82.0 for the Bulldogs. In these situations, Gonzaga has an average scoring margin of 23.0 points. Until this point, the Gaels have not played a game in which they were the inferior team on both ends of the court. In terms of offensive efficiency, Gonzaga is averaging 82.0 points per 70.0 possessions (NCAA Average), compared to 73.0 for the Gaels.

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Joe’s Against the Spread Puck

If you watched last night’s St. Mary’s game vs. Santa Clara, you’d have noticed the struggle the Gaels had with lengthy defenders in the key. I have to believe Mark Few is sharp enough to have noticed and will position Chet Holmgren and Drew Timme near the basket, neutralizing Kuhse’s penetration and easy interior baskets. The Gaels won the last matchup between these teams, but it was an absolute enigma and they’re in a really bad spot against Gonzaga in the WCC Tournament. I like Gonzaga to get the cover here, but it won’t come easy vs. a gritty St. Mary’s club. Bet your StM/Gonz pick and ALL your college hoops bets for free this week by taking advantage of a massive 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $1000 at Betnow Sportsbook!