St. Mary’s vs. Gonzaga Pick
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Date/Time: March 11th, 9:00 pm ET
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Point Spread: Gonzaga -6
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The No. 1 team in the land is going to be in action for the final time prior to the NCAA Tournament on Monday night in college basketball betting action, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs face off with the St. Mary’s Gaels for the third time this season in the WCC Final.
The Gaels were pushed right to the brink on Saturday night by the upstart San Diego Toreros — the same Toreros that pushed these Bulldogs when the two met in San Diego earlier this year. The Toreros had St. Mary’s dead to rights in the game, only to see G Matthew Dellavedova knock down a clutch three-point shot with just seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. It was a rare lousy shooting game for Dellavedova, as he scored just seven points at shot 2-of-12 from the floor, but he came up big when it counted. C Brad Waldow had a massive game, coming up with 23 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks for the biggest game of his career. The loss probably kept St. Mary’s in the NCAA Tournament, as a loss would have been devastating. The Gaels should be good now, but they’ll badly want to lock down this win against the Zags, which would give them an automatic spot.
Gonzaga too, saw its share of problems in its first match here in Sin City. The Bulldogs were challenged from the get go by the Loyola Marymount Lions before finally putting them away in the second half. The casual observer that watched that game probably doesn’t think that this is the best team in the nation, but we think that regardless of how this one pans out, the Zags are going to be on the top line come Selection Sunday. It won’t be a given with a loss, but with the WCC title in tote, it’ll be tough for four other teams to get past Gonzaga. Perhaps the better question is whether F Kelly Olynyk can make a case for being the National Player of the Year. He’s one of the finalists, and a good one at that. The lanky forward is averaging 17.3 points and 7.0 boards per game, and he is shooting a whopping 65.5 percent from the floor and 78.6 percent from the charity stripe. Olynyk only had eight points and eight boards against the Lions, but he should be in for a better game this time around.
For whatever reason, St. Mary’s just can’t find a way to beat these Bulldogs. The Gaels are just 1-2 against the RPI Top 50 this year, and they were blown to bits for the Zags in both meetings this year. Will this one be any different? Though Dellavedova is one of the best on-court cheerleaders in college basketball, even he isn’t going to be able to will his Gaels to stick around in this one. Gonzaga 78 – St. Mary’s 66
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