NCAA Basketball Picks: Gonzaga vs. St. Mary's -1

Jeff Grant

Friday, February 28, 2014 4:41 PM GMT

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 4:41 PM GMT

The Gonzaga Bulldogs clinched the outright West Coast Conference regular-season title last time out, as it prepare to take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels Saturday. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this high-profile affair.

Back on track

Gonzaga snapped a two-game losing streak by picking up a 70-53 victory over the Pacific Tigers as five-point road favorites Thursday—a result that led directly to the program becoming conference champions.

The Bulldogs have won or shared 15 of the last 17 WCC regular-season titles—finishing no lower than second in the standings since 1997.

NCAA basketball handicappers will find that the Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS following a spread victory.

A bit inconsistent

Saint Mary’s went 5-3 SU and 3-5 ATS in the month of February, as it looks to build off a 70-61 victory over the Portland Pilots as 11-point home favorites, while going UNDER the betting total for a seventh consecutive contest.

The Gaels will also be seeking revenge from a 73-51 defeat to the Bulldogs as 7.5-point road underdogs in the first meeting on Jan. 2.

It’s important to point out that the program is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games following a SU win.

Pangos

The Bulldogs were happy to see junior guard Kevin Pangos finish with 18 points last time out, especially since he scored a combined 17 points in his two previous games against BYU and San Diego.

Pangos is a major part of the team’s offense that ranks eighth in the country in effective field goal percentage, while sitting behind just 18 teams in knocking down 39.2 percent of its tries from beyond the arc.

Senior night

The Gaels will celebrate the careers of six seniors on their roster, as they look to improve upon their dominating 45-7 SU mark in their last 52 conference home games.

Over the last decade, Saint Mary’s has also put together the highest winning percentage of any Division I program in the state of California.

Outlook

I’m going to recommend that readers take a look at the Bulldogs for their NCAA basketball pick, if they land in a road underdog role, as the Gaels have failed to cover the number in their last six games versus teams with a winning record.

Handicapper Line: Saint Mary’s Gaels -1

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