College Basketball Betting Free Pick: Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs
FREE PICK: Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs
#616 Gonzaga -14.5 (Tuesday, March 12 @ 9 pm EST)
Gonzaga didn’t expend much of any energy in last night’s 100-74 win over Pepperdine. No one played more than 28 minutes as the Zags led by as much as 41 before taking their foot off the gas in what ended in a 100-74 victory. The competition gets a bit tougher tonight with rival Saint Mary’s but as we saw during the regular season, there’s a massive class difference between the two squads.
Gonzaga rolled through conference play with a perfect 16-0 record. Their average margin of victory was a staggering 25 ppg. In the first meeting against the Gaels, the Zags won 94-46. It was a glorified lay-up line as Gonzaga hit 27 of its 42 2-point shots. The rematch in Moraga was slightly more competitive. SMC actually led late in the first half but roughly 20 minutes later found itself trailing by 20. Gonzaga hit only two of 14 3-pointers and still won by 14.
Saint Mary’s is currently listed as a “bubble team” meaning a competitive loss may help sway the committee. But the Zags have a no. 1 seed to lock up and have consistently shown the ability to dominate the WCC whenever they so choose. Look for Gonzaga to come out strong and cruise to an easy victory.