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Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. St. Mary's Gaels - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Mary's Gaels (15-3) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-1)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 11:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)

The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Saint Mary’s Gaels will travel to the McCarthey Athletic Center to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs this Thursday night.

The Saint Mary’s Gaels won their 9th straight game and improved to 15-3 (7-0 WCC) on the season after defeating the BYU Cougars 82-77 this past Saturday. Saint Mary’s shot 47.5% from the field and outrebounded BYU from a 41-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Gaels was Brad Waldow who had a double-double with 24 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. Saint Mary’s is ranked 63rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 178th ranked SOS. On the season, the Gaels have been led by Brad Waldow (20.6 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Kerry Carter (12.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.8 spg). Offensively, Saint Mary’s is averaging 71.7 ppg (ranked 88th) on 46.8% shooting (ranked 43rd). The Gaels average 16.9 apg (ranked 14th) and have a 1.35 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 28th). Defensively, Saint Mary’s is holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg (ranked 119th) on 42.3% shooting (ranked 168th). The Gaels are averaging 37.61 total rpg (ranked 59th) and have a rebound margin of 9.8 (ranked 6th).

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. St. Mary's Gaels - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 3rd-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs won their 11th straight game and improved to 18-1 (7-0 WCC) on the season after defeating the Loyola Marymount Lions 72-55 this past Saturday. Gonzaga held Loyola Marymount to 29.3% shooting from the field and 23.8% (5-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Byron Wesley who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Gonzaga is ranked 9th in the RPI Standings and has played the 62nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Kyle Wiltjer (16.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg) and Kevin Pangos (12.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, Gonzaga is averaging 81.8 ppg (ranked 8th) on 53.0% shooting (ranked 1st). The Bulldogs are shooting 40.6% from beyond the arc (ranked 11th) and have a 1.63 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 4th). Defensively, Gonzaga is holding their opponents to an average of 61.5 ppg (ranked 63rd) on 38.5% shooting (ranked 34th). The Bulldogs average 27.37 defensive rpg (ranked 18th) and have a rebound margin of 9.0 (ranked 11th).

The Gaels are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Bulldogs are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 20-7-2 ATS in their last 29 games following a ATS loss.

It’s a familiar sight to see both Saint Mary’s and Gonzaga at the top of the WCC standings going into their first match-up with each other. Although Gonzaga has a team worthy of the number 3 ranked in the country, they’ll will have a huge challenge in trying to slow down Saint Mary’s double-double machine in Brad Waldow. I don’t see Saint Mary’s winning this game but I think this is too many points to give the Gaels. Take Saint Mary’s and the points in this one. 

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