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Saint Mary's-California vs. BYU - 3/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

BYU Cougars (23-9) at Saint Mary's-California Gaels (28-4)

College Basketball: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 11:30 pm (Orleans Arena)

The Line: Saint Mary's-California Gaels -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

Out at Orleans Arena on Monday evening, the BYU Cougars and the Saint Mary’s Gaels will be meeting up in West Coast Tournament college basketball action. 

BYU enters this one with a 23-9 record overall. The Cougars have won two of their last three games, most recently on Saturday versus San Diego. In that one, BYU guard Elijah Bryant managed 27 points. 

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Saint Mary's-California vs. BYU - 3/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Bryant is also the leading Cougars scorer on the year with 17.9 PPG and 6.4 RPG. Also in the double-figures club for BYU are Yoeli Childs (17.5 PPG; 8.7 RPG) and TJ Haws (12.0 PPG) this season. 

As for Saint Mary’s, they’re sitting at 28-4 this year. The Gaels have won their last four straight, and took out Pepperdine in Saturday’s action. In that one, Saint Mary’s guard Jordan Ford managed 19 points. 

Tops in scoring for the Gaels this year is Jock Landale with 21.3 PPG and 10.5 RPG. Also in double-figures for Saint Mary’s are Calvin Hermanson (11.0 PPG) and Emmett Naar (10.4 PPG; 8.0 APG). 

The Cougars are 17-37-1 ATS in the last 55 neutral-site games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Monday games. BYU is also 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win and 0-6 ATS in their last six following a straight-up win. 

Meanwhile, the Gaels are 6-1 ATS in the last seven Monday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six overall. Saint Mary’s is also 1-5 ATS in the last six versus the West Coast and 0-4 ATS in their last four neutral-site games. 

BYU has been a little uneven lately, as they’ve had some relative close calls and are just 6-5 since January 20. Saint Mary’s has won both meetings between these teams this season, 74-64 in OT on the road and 75-62 in the Gaels’ home game. I’m not thrilled about Saint Mary’s right now though, as they’ve failed to hit 70 points in four of their last six games. I’m going to go with BYU to cover in what should be an entertaining affair.

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