The West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals get underway Monday night when the BYU Cougars (19-14, 7-9 in WCC) battle the Saint Mary’s Gaels (25-6, 14-2). BYU will have to win the WCC Tournament to go dancing, but Joe Lunardi currently has the Gaels as the fifth seed in the East region. Below is my college basketball betting pick for BYU vs Saint Mary’s.
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BYU vs Saint Mary’s Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||BYU +6.5|
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This game will be played at Orleans Arena at 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 6, 2023.
Why Bet BYU +6.5
✅ BYU is 5-1 ATS in their last six games played.
✅ The Cougars are 6-0 ATS in their last six games against the Gaels.
✅ Saint Mary’s is 3-6 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Saint Mary's Gaels
Team Stats Per Game
Advanced Game Stats
|65||Avg Opp Score||64.67|
|74||Avg Opp Score||62.33|
|69.4||Avg Opp Score||63.4|
|79.2||Avg Opp Score||60.8|
|71.1||Avg Opp Score||63.8|
|72.2||Avg Opp Score||59.3|
Head to Head
Teams Last 10
Last time out, BYU advanced to the semifinals with a 73-63 win over Loyola Marymount. This was an impressive performance by the Cougars as they took the lead earlier and never gave it up. The Lions made a few quick runs in the second half but could never get over the hump. BYU led by as many as 13 points, never trailed by more than two, and covered the -3.0-point spread.
Rudi Williams had 23 points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal on the night. Jaxson Robinson added 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist, and one steal in the victory.
Through 33 games, BYU is scoring 75.7 points per game, shooting 45.4% from the field, and assisting on 14.8 made shots. The Cougars are allowing 69.7 points, grabbing 37.7 rebounds, blocking 3.9 shots, and stealing the ball 7.5 times.
Saint Mary’s Gaels
Saint Mary’s ended their regular season with a trip to Gonzaga and a 77-68 defeat. The Bulldogs wanted to make a statement in this one and they did just that as Gonzaga led from the opening tip and were never really challenged after that. Saint Mary’s trailed by as many as 19 points, never led in the game, and could not cover the +6.5-point spread.
Logan Johnson had 27 points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in the game. Alex Ducas added 10 points, seven rebounds, and two assists in the loss.
After 31 games, Saint Mary’s is scoring 71.9 points per game, shooting 46.0% from the field, and assisting on 12.8 made shots. The Gaels are allowing 59.3 points, grabbing 36.0 rebounds, blocking 3.6 shots, and stealing the ball 7.0 times.