BYU vs. St. Mary's - 3/9/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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St. Mary's Gaels (24-7) at BYU Cougars (24-7)
College Basketball: Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11:30 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: BYU Cougars -3.5 -- Over/Under: 148
The Saint Mary’s Gaels and the BYU Cougars meet in college basketball action from Orleans Arena on Monday.
Saint Mary’s enters this West Coast Tournament matchup at 25-7 overall. Saint Mary’s had a four-game win streak broken by Gonzaga in their final pre-tourney game but took out Pepperdine in their last appearance Saturday.
In the epic 2OT win over Pepperdine, Saint Mary’s leading scorer Jordan Ford went off for 42 points, five rebounds and one assist. Both Malik Fitts and Tommy Kuhse posted 11 points apiece there, and combined for six assists with 13 rebounds.
Over on the BYU side, they’re 24-7 on the season. Currently, BYU is on a nine-game win streak, and they’ve beating Santa Clara, Gonzaga and Pepperdine in their last three outings.
In the win over Pepperdine, BYU’s leading scorer was Yoeli Childs on 38 points with 14 rebounds. Zac Seljaas posted 12 points, six rebounds and three assists in that one, and TJ Haws picked up 13 assists with eight points and one rebound.
BYU is 4-1 ATS in the last five Monday games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up win. BYU is 15-6 ATS in their last 21 overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral-site games.
Meanwhile, Saint Mary’s is 2-5 ATS in their last seven Monday games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight overall. Saint Mary’s is 1-3-1 ATS in their last five versus a team with a winning straight-up record and the over is 20-7 in their last 27 overall.
Saint Mary’s has been playing really solid ball over their last six games or so, despite a few hairy situations and close calls here and there. The Gaels have put up 76 or more points in each of their last five games and they’re pretty reliable offensively these days.
BYU will be a stout opponent here however, as the Cougars have notched 81 or more points in each of their last three games. I expect this to be a high-scoring shootout, and when the dust settles I think BYU can squeeze out a cover in a fun game.