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

PJ Laferla

Thursday, January 10, 2013 3:39 PM GMT

Tonight we have exciting basketball betting action in this contest between Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga, as both will be attempting to extend their winning streaks. Who will earn some bragging rights.

WCC Rivalry Matchup: Saint Mary’s vs. Gonzaga

We have a good one going tonight in the West Coast Conference, as Saint Mary’s (12-3 SU, 2-2 ATS away) collides with Gonzaga (15-1 SU, 6-4 ATS home). Tonight the schools renew their long bitter rivalry. Both teams will be battling for the straight up victory, while also attempting to beat the college basketball odds.

Tip of is slated for 11:00 PM EST from the McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington and can be seen live on television, with national broadcast coverage provided by ESPN2.

The current line on the contest has the home team favored by  -9.5 points over Saint Mary’s, while the over/under total has been set to 148 ½ points. 

Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s enters play tonight on a four-game winning streak, including a 74-61 thrashing over Loyola Marymount their last time out, which was played just five days ago on January 5.

However, the 13-point margin of victory was a disappointment for bettors that sided with Saint Mary’s, as they failed to cover the -17 ½ points they were laying in the contest.

Saint Mary’s has a tall task ahead of them tonight on the road, as they seek their fifth straight win against a Gonzaga team they owns an 18-game winning streak going against non-ranked opponents on their home floor, winning by an average of 23 points in each of those games.

That said, Saint Mary’s has had recent success against Gonzaga, winning four of the last seven matchups, but overall they trail 55-25 in the series.

Gonzaga

Gonzaga takes the court tonight ridding a winning streak of their own, as they have won six consecutive games, including an 81-74 win on the road against Santa Clara this past Saturday night.

Their seven-point margin of victory was positive for bettors that went their way, as they covered the -5 point spread to earn an ATS win.

Gonzaga has the top rated offense in the West Coast Conference, scoring an average of 80.7 points per game. They also feature the stingiest defense in the WCC; they hold opponents to an average of 63 points per game.

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Betting Trends

Saint Mary’s is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games played on a Thursday, but just 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Saint Mary’s has stayed under the posted total in seven straight games played on the road.

Gonzaga is 3-1-1 ATS in their last five game overall and 11-3 against the spread in their lat 14 played at home.

Six of Gonzaga’s last eight games overall have eclipsed the total.

[gameodds]14/211735/43/us[/gameodds]

The Pick

Saint Mary’s is a very good team, but Gonzaga is that much better – especially on their home floor. I recommend Gonzaga for my Free Picks. They should win this one by double digits, so covering the -9 ½ will not be a problem.

NCAAB free Picks: Gonzaga -9 ½ at Bookmaker

Good luck with today's basketball betting!~