Gonzaga Plus Points at Saint Mary’s? Yes, Please!

Willie Bee

Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:01 PM UTC

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 7:01 PM UTC

First place in the West Coast Conference is on the line Saturday evening in Moraga, and we have a free college basketball pick for the Gonzaga-Saint Mary’s matchup.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Saint Mary's Gaels

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Free NCAAB Pick: Gonzaga +2½
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

Unlike the rivalry between Duke and North Carolina that went into Thursday’s clash a level 50-50 the last 100 matchups, the series between Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s has been one-sided. The Bulldogs have won 43 of the last 53 meetings, 13 of those wins taking place in West Coast Conference Championship Games, though it is the Gaels with the upper hand this season after coming out on top in the first regular season battle this campaign.

Contests between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels also get more media attention than Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s do, but that doesn’t mean the rivalry is any less intense. Indeed, tonight’s encounter in Moraga (10 PM ET)) has more riding on the outcome than Thursday’s tilt in Chapel Hill as the Gaels are nursing a slim 1-game lead over the Bulldogs in the WCC. 5Dimes is offering Saint Mary’s on a -2½ line with 147 for the total.

Gaels Going For 20th-Straight Win

Mark Few and the Bulldogs have won six in a row since falling to Saint Mary’s earlier, but they have not made any friends with their backers by failing to cover any of the victories. Gonzaga hasn’t produced a winning ticket in the last eight games, though ‘under’ bettors have cashed six times in that span. The Bulldogs own 21-straight wins on the WCC highway, that streak stretching back to January 2016 on this floor.

Saint Mary’s upped the nation’s longest win streak to 19 with Thursday’s 83-62 dubya at Loyola Marymount, the Gaels covering with room to spare as 13 point favorites on the NCAA basketball odds. Defense is the name of the game for Randy Bennett’s bunch, Saint Mary’s ranking 13th allowing 64.1 PPG and 32nd defending against the 3-point shot (31.8%).

Rivalry Notes, Final Thoughts & A Free Pick

The 74-71 win Saint Mary’s came away with in Spokane a little more than three weeks ago stopped a 4-game run of Gonzaga wins in the series. It also set the Gaels up to pull off a rare season sweep of the Bulldogs, who are 66-30 overall in the rivalry. Saint Mary’s has only swept the regular season matchups once in the previous 22 campaigns, that happening in 2016 when the ‘Zags got even with an 85-75 decision in the finals of the WCC Tournament. The Bulldogs have covered 10 of the last 12, and the last two at McKeon Pavilion went ‘over.’

Gonzaga not being favored is also a rarity in this series, the Bulldogs drawing the chalk line in the last six meetings. Playing the Bulldogs might be the square wager, but it’s simply too difficult for me to pass them up getting points with my free college basketball pick.

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