West Coast Tournament Final Prediction
No. 1 Gonzaga will take on No. 17 Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Tournament Final on Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. After the Gaels beat the Bulldogs by 10 less than two weeks ago, is Saint Mary’s the best bet on the board as a 13.5-point underdog tonight?
627 Saint Mary’s Gaels (+13.5) at 628 Gonzaga Bulldogs (-13.5); o/u 142
9:00 p.m. ET, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, NV
Saint Mary’s Gaels DFS Snapshot
Saint Mary's watched its advantage dwindle to one and Santa Clara's leading scorer driving to the basket in the closing seconds. Logan Johnson stepped in, blocked Jalen Williams' shot and made two free throws after being fouled. One big defensive play, two key free throws and the Gaels are headed back to the West Coast Conference tournament title game. Johnson hit two free throws with 3.6 seconds left after blocking a shot, Tommy Kuhse scored 27 points and No. 17 Saint Mary's held off a late rally to beat Santa Clara 75-72 in the WCC tournament semifinals Monday night.
Gonzaga Bulldogs DFS Snapshot
Drew Timme scored 27 points, Chet Holmgren added 17, and top-ranked Gonzaga reached the West Coast Conference championship game for the 25th straight year by holding off San Francisco 81-71 Monday night. The Zags (25-3) worked the ball into the paint early and often, pushing around the smaller Dons while racing to a 24-point second-half lead. The Dons (24-9) mounted a late comeback, pulling within eight while holding Gonzaga without a field goal over the final 5:33. Gonzaga made four free throws down the stretch to win its 14th straight opening WCC tournament game. Andrew Nembhard had 17 points and nine assists while leading Gonzaga’s offense. Holmgren had seven rebounds and blocked six shots.
College Basketball Betting Prediction
The Gaels are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games following an ATS loss, are 8-3-1 against the number in their last 12 games versus an opponent with a winning record and are 10-4-1 at the window in their last 15 games overall. On the other side, the Bulldogs are 1-4-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, are 1-4-1 against the number in their last six games as a favorite and are 1-3-1 at the window in their last five games versus a team with a winning record.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL BETTING PREDICTION: SAINT MARY’S GAELS +13.5