The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Saint Mary’s Gaels meet Tuesday in the college basketball WCC Tournament Final at the Orleans Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are averaging 88 points on 52.9 percent shooting and allowing 73.6 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Drew Timme is averaging 21.1 points and 3.2 assists, while Julian Strawther is averaging 15.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. Anton Watson is the third double-digit scorer and Rasir Bolton is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.6 rebounds per game.
The Saint Mary’s Gaels are averaging 71.9 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 59.3 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Logan Johnson is averaging 14.7 points and 3.7 assists, while Aidan Mahaney is averaging 14.6 points and 2.3 rebounds. Alex Ducas is the third double-digit scorer and Mitchell Saxen is dishing 1.8 assists. The Saint Mary’s Gaels are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Mary’s Gaels are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games. The Gaels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The over is 8-1 in Bulldogs last 9 overall. The over is 6-2 in Gaels last 8 overall. The favorite is 4-1-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are going to be favored because of reputation and I guess bigger crowd presence, but we're getting free points with the top seed in St. Mary's. This will be just the fourth time this season the Gaels are underdogs. Also, the Gonzaga Bulldogs played late into last night and have a quicker turnaround here, and we can't ignore them allowing San Francisco to hang around. This will be a dog fight. I want the points in my pocket.