Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. St. Mary's Gaels Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/10/14
St. Mary's Gaels (22-10) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (26-6)
College Basketball: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Top seeded Gonzaga collides with #4 seed St. Mary’s in a West Coast Conference Tournament semifinal Monday from Las Vegas.
The Breakdown: The Bulldogs moved to the semifinal round of the WCC tourney after a narrow 77-75 quarterfinal escape of Santa Clara Saturday, lifted to the victory by a game-winning layup from senior G David Stockton with two ticks left in regulation. Both sides enjoyed a stellar shooting night from the floor, with the Zags connecting on 53.3 percent to the Broncos’ 50 percent. The Bulldogs also dominated the glass 32-23 and converted 27 of 33 from the free throw line. Senior F Sam Dower scored a team-high 23 points, including a perfect 15 of 15 from the stripe, sophomore C Perzemek Karnowski had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and junior G Gary Bell added 13 points. Santa Clara closed the first half on an 11-4 run to take 37-31 lead into the break and stayed out in from for the much of the second half until the Bulldogs tied the game at 65 with 3:24 left. The two sides traded baskets and were deadlocked with ten seconds left, setting up Stockton’s game-winner.
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Meanwhile, St. Mary’s had a much easier time of its quarterfinal, handling Pepperdine 80-69 in a game the Gaels never trailed in after capturing the lead with eight minutes and change gone in the first half. Junior F Brad Waldow had a game-high 21 points and 8 rebounds, senior F Beau Levesque scored 15 points and grabbed 7 boards, and senior G Stephen Holt added 15 points, including 4 of 5 from downtown. The Gaels shot a solid 28 of 56 from the floor and converted 15 of 24 from the free throw line.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -5 for Gonzaga. The Bulldogs swept the season series with St. Mary’s, dismantling them by 22 back in the beginning of January and by 28 in the regular season finale a little over a week ago. And in both game, the Zags shot over or just below 50 percent from the floor, while stifling the Gaels to 31.9 percent and a season-low 23.1 percent, respectively. Look for Gonzaga to cover.