The No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-2, 14-1 WCC) and Saint Mary’s Gaels (24-6, 11-4 WCC) will go head-to-head at McCarthey Athletic Center to finish out the regular season. Action gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Saint Mary’s Gaels at Gonzaga Bulldogs ATS Preview
The last time the Gaels played, they defeated the Santa Clara Broncos, 78-72. Jordan Ford was the game’s high scorer with 33 points on 12-for-19 shooting. Saint Mary’s’ 0.569 effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over Santa Clara, who had a rate of 0.475. The Gaels’ mark was above their season average of 0.556, while the Broncos’ was below their season average of 0.533.
The Bulldogs hope to maintain momentum after blowing out the San Diego Toreros in their last game, 94-59. With 21 points on 9-for-17 shooting, Filip Petrusev was the top scorer from either team. Gonzaga played a flawless game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 46.2 (above their season average of 33.0) and a free throw rate of 0.169 (matching their season average). San Diego recorded marks of 15.4 and 0.113, respectively, for those same stats.
It might turn into a shootout as a pair of the nation’s premier offenses go head-to-head. Gonzaga currently ranks first with 120.9 points per 100 possessions and Saint Mary’s is third (115.0). Additionally, the Gaels, who rank 254th in offensive rebounding percentage (26.0 percent), will clash against the Bulldogs, who rank 20th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.0 percent).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Bulldogs won 90-60. The Bulldogs dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.189 and an absurd effective field goal percentage of 0.755. For those same stats, the Gaels recorded marks of 0.103 and 0.466, respectively. Drew Timme recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Saint Mary’s Gaels at Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Gonzaga, ATS Winner – Gonzaga, O/U – Over
The Gaels rank 25th in three pointers allowed per game (17.7) while the Bulldogs rank 120th (21.0).
Gonzaga ranks 61st in blocked shots (4.0 per game) while Saint Mary’s ranks 83rd in blocks allowed per game (3.1).
Gonzaga ranks 11th in rebounds per game (40.6) while Saint Mary’s ranks 255th (32.6).
The Bulldogs rank seventh in assists per game (17.2) while the Gaels rank 179th (12.3).
Saint Mary’s ranks second in steals allowed per game (4.0) while Gonzaga ranks 107th (6.2).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 16.2, down from 20.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Gaels have scored an average of 71.6 points per game (4.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (2.0 above their season average).