#22 St. Mary's vs BYU - Feb 18th Picks Of The Day

Joe Catalano

Saturday, February 18, 2017 8:22 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 8:22 PM UTC

They may not be the best team in WCC, but the St. Mary's Gaels have been dominant this season and it's all due to their defense. This is a team that can provide elite teams with trouble come NCAA Tournament time. Tonight wil be a bit easier for the Gaels as they face the BYU Cougars. St. Mary's has won 8 out of their last 9 games with their lone loss coming against Gonzaga.

#22 St. Mary's vs BYU  Dominant Gaels Defense

With the exception of the Gonzaga game in which St. Mary's was competitive, they've held Loyola Marymount to 48 points, Portland to 41 points, and San Diego to a mindblowing 27 points! St. Mary's has the 2nd ranked defense in the nation, allowing just 56.3 points per game and even though their being overshadowed by #1 Gonzaga, this is a team that's a legitimate threat to any team in the country and tonight, they'll be put to the test again as they face the 3rd best team in the WCC in the BYU Cougars.

Jock Landale

Although he didn't get a ton of playing time due to an 81-48 blowout by St. Mary's, center Jock Landale still managed 16 points and 11 rebounds on 6 of 7 shooting from the field in just 22 minutes played. Landale has been successful all season long, averaging 17 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Remember, this is a guy that put up 24 points and 8 rebounds against Gonzaga. Look for Jock Landale and the St. Mary's defense to lead the way as they're a manageable 4.5 point betting favorite on the road against a BYU Cougars team that they've already beaten this season in their previous meeting 81-68.

The Gaels confidence is at an all time high and look for them to roll here.

Free NCAAB Pick: St. Mary's Gaels -4.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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