The Saint Mary’s Gaels and the Gonzaga Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action from McCarthey Athletic Center. Saint Mary’s is fresh off a Thursday game versus Pacific. In that one the Gaels took a blowout victory. As for Gonzaga, they played San Diego in their Thursday matchup. The Bulldogs also ended up winning in a blowout. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Saint Mary’s Gaels
Saint Mary’s got off to a nice 18-4 start across their first 22 games this season. The Gaels managed a 6-1 stretch over the next seven outings, beating BYU, San Francisco, Gonzaga, Portland, San Diego and BYU again during that time.
Matched up against Pacific on Thursday, Saint Mary’s went into the locker room sitting on a 48-31 lead. The Gaels hit a 35-21 stretch in the second and win 83-52. Logan Johnson was the top team scorer with 29 points and seven assists.
Over on the Gonzaga side, they managed a 16-4 stretch in their first 20 outings. The Bulldogs would hit a 7-1 run in their next eight, beating Pacific, Portland, Santa Clara, San Francisco, BYU, LMU and Pepperdine in that time with a lone loss to Saint Mary’s.
In the Thursday game versus San Diego, Gonzaga jumped out to a 48-31 halftime lead. The Bulldogs kept it up with a 49-41 advantage in the second and won 97-72. Drew Timme was the team’s top scorer with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
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I’ll lean toward Gonzaga here, but you could make a case either way. This should be a great matchup. The Bulldogs are sitting on a five-game win streak right now, scoring 88 or more points in each of those outings. The last time Gonzaga posted a loss was back on February 4 against Saint Mary’s at McKeon Pavilion. The Bulldogs fell 78-70 in overtime during that one, so this rematch will likely go to the wire as well. Saint Mary’s is sitting on a four-game win streak themselves and should make for a fitting opponent. This will be a great game to watch.