Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Gaels and Bulldogs. The game is starting at 10:30 ET on ESPN, and it’s hosted by the Bulldogs at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, WA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 138.5 points, and Gonzaga is favored by -4.5 to win at home against Saint Mary’s.

SAINT MARY’S GAELS VS GONZAGA BULLDOGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Gonzaga Bulldogs -4.5

This game will be played at McCarthey Athletic Center at 10:30 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.

WHY BET THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Not only will Gonzaga pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Will Saint Mary’s Be The Talk of McCarthey Athletic Center?

Heading into their matchup with Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s has won nine straight games, including a 17-6 overall record and an 8-0 mark in West Coast Conference play. On the road, the Gaels are a perfect 6-0 this season, and they have won their last six road games by an average of 10.2 points per game.

So far this season, Saint Mary’s has been the underdog in just two games, going 2-0 in those contests. Overall, they are 2-0 as the underdog, compared to a 14-6 record when favored.

Against the spread, Saint Mary’s is 10-12 this season, and they are 3-3 vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Gaels are 2-0 vs. the spread this year, and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Saint Mary’s games is 12-10, and today’s over/under line of 138.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (132.4). In their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 132 points. On the year, 16 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line.

Saint Mary’s’ offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Santa Clara, finishing the game with a total of 82 points. Their season average is now 72.9 points per game. Leading Saint Mary’s in scoring vs. Santa Clara was Augustas Marciulionis with his 20 points. Alex Ducas also added 15 points for the Gaels.

Currently, the Gaels’ defense holds the 4th rank in the nation, allowing 58.4 points per game. So far, the Saint Mary’s defense is giving up an average of 6.0 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10 times per game (407th).

Can the Gonzaga Offense Score Enough at Home?

With a 16-5 record, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are hoping to extend their five-game win streak when they take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels. So far this season, the Bulldogs have been dominant at home, going 10-3 compared to their 5-2 record on the road. As the favorite, Gonzaga has gone 15-3.

Most recently, the Bulldogs took down Loyola Marymount by a score of 92-58. Over their last 10 games at home, Gonzaga has gone 8-2, and over their last five, they are 4-1.

As the favorite, Gonzaga has gone 9-9 against the spread this season. At home, their ATS mark is 6-7 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 5-5 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record in Gonzaga games is 9-11, and so far, the average scoring total is 151.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 138.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (154). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 150 points.

In their latest game, Gonzaga offense put up 92 points against Loyola Marymount. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 59% and made 7 threes. Nolan Hickman was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, putting up 24 points. In addition, Graham Ike contributed 20 points.

So far, the Bulldogs’ defense is ranked 85th in the country at 68.0 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Gonzaga’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.7% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.5% this season.