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St. Mary's vs. Gonzaga - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Gonzaga at St. Mary's
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
McKeon Pavilion
Moraga, California
The Line
The Line: St. Mary's +9 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Saint Mary's Gaels meet Saturday in college basketball action at the McKeon Pavilion.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs look to close out the regular season on a 20-game winning streak. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are averaging 90.7 points on 53.2 percent shooting and allowing 65.2 points on 38.5 percent shooting. Rui Hachimura is averaging 20.5 points and 6.7 rebounds while Brandon Clarke is averaging 16.5 points and 1.7 assists. Zach Norvell Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Perkins is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.9 rebounds per game. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have won their last seven road games.

The Saint Mary's Gaels look for a statement victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Saint Mary's Gaels are averaging 74.4 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 65.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Jordan Ford is averaging 21.8 points and 2.7 assists while Malik Fitts is averaging 15.8 points and 7.7 rebounds. Jordan Hunter is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Tanner Krebs is grabbing four rebounds. The Saint Mary's Gaels are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Saint Mary's Gaels are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The Saint Mary's Gaels have won their last 12 home games.

The Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. West Coast and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Gaels are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. West Coast and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulldogs are 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings in St. Mary's and 20-7 ATS in the last 27 meetings. The under is 36-16-2 in Gaels last 54 overall. The under is 4-1 in Bulldogs last 5 road games.

The Saint Mary's Gaels are easily playing their best ball of the season where they're winning by an average of 16.2 points in their last five games and 16.2 points at home. Saint Mary's is 11-5 ATS at home and has motivation on its side after losing to Gonzaga 94-46 less than a month ago. The problem is the Gonzaga Bulldogs have been arguably the most consistent team in the country this year and aren't a team you can often get under double digits. Gonzaga is not only winning its last five games by an average of 21.4 points, but its no stranger to road wins where it shoots 53.2 percent from the field. I would love to see an upset, but the numbers lean toward another comfortable Zags victory.

Pick:
Gonzaga -9

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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