The West Coast Conference Tourney contest between the Saint Mary’s Gaels (25-7, 12-5 WCC) and the No. 15 BYU Cougars (24-7, 13-3 WCC) will take place at Orleans Arena. Action starts at 11:30 p.m. ET on Monday, March 9, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. BYU Cougars Betting Preview
The Gaels beat the Pepperdine Waves in their last contest, 89-82. Jordan Ford was Saint Mary’s’ leading scorer with 42 points on 17-for-30 shooting. The Gaels forced 17 turnovers and held the Waves to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.6 (below their season average of 27.2).
The last time the Cougars played, they beat the Pepperdine Waves, 81-64. With 38 points on 17-for-27 shooting, Yoeli Childs was the game’s leading scorer. BYU played a nearly flawless game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.586 (below their season average of 0.591) and a free throw rate of 0.094 (matching their season average). Pepperdine was 0.447 and 0.076, respectively, for those same stats.
This contest figures to be a high-scoring affair as a pair of the country’s top offenses face off. BYU currently ranks fourth with 114.6 points per 100 possessions and Saint Mary’s is third (114.7). Also, the Gaels rank 260th in offensive rebounding percentage (25.8 percent), while the Cougars rank 33rd in defensive rebounding percentage (76.2 percent).
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. BYU Cougars Free Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – BYU, ATS Winner – BYU, O/U – Over
The Cougars rank 22nd in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while the Gaels rank 108th (3.2).
Saint Mary’s ranks 26th in three pointers allowed per game (17.8) while BYU ranks 68th (19.6).
BYU ranks fifth in assists per game (17.5) while Saint Mary’s ranks 186th (12.1).
The Gaels rank first in steals allowed per game (4.0) while the Cougars rank 91st (6.1).
Saint Mary’s ranks ninth in rebounds allowed per game (30.1) while BYU ranks 97th (33.6).
The Cougars’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.8, up from 11.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Gaels have scored an average of 78.4 points per game (2.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.8 points per game (3.9 above their season average).