Having dropped two of three games against St. Mary's both SU and ATS last season, ranked Gonzaga will be looking for a better result when those schools hit the floor on Thursday in Spokane.
The Bulldogs went just 1-2 SU and ATS against the Gaels last season, including a 78-74 overtime loss in the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament as a 2-point favorite. Gonzaga managed to top St. Mary's 73-59 at home last season.
The Bulldogs bring a 15-1 record (8-5-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 12-3 Gaels, who are 6-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Gonzaga go 7-5 so far and the Gaels go 6-4.
The visitors opened as 10-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including . The total was set to open a bit later (check out for the latest situation).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bulldogs, most recently No. 18 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Gaels, who rate No. 137 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 90-86 victory for the Bulldogs.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Gonzaga's No. 94-rated squad against St. Mary's's No. 113-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Gonzaga rates No. 186 in the country with 6.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 20 nationally with 8.5 per match.
Defensively, St. Mary's features the nation's No. 154-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.5 points per game. Gonzaga, meanwhile, comes in at No. 27 nationally in scoring at home.
St. Mary's won its last outing, a 74-61 result against Loyola Marymount on January 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 17.5-point favorite. Matthew Dellavedova scored 17 points leading the Gaels to a 74-61 victory over Loyola Marymount at McKeon Pavilion on Saturday.
In their last action, Gonzaga was an 81-74 winner on the road against Santa Clara. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. Kelly Olynyk went off for 33 points and added 10 rebounds for good measure, leading Gonzaga to an 81-74 win over Santa Clara on Saturday at Leavey Center.
St. Mary's Gaels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing San Francisco are 9-1
After playing Loyola Marymount are 9-1
After a win are 8-2
Gonzaga Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Portland are 8-2
After playing Santa Clara are 5-5
After a win are 9-1
A few Gaels at Bulldogs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Mary's last 6 games when playing on the road against Gonzaga
St. Mary's is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games on the road
St. Mary's is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Gonzaga
St. Mary's is 2-23 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against Gonzaga
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Gonzaga is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games at home
Gonzaga is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against St. Mary's
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Gonzaga's last 6 games when playing at home against St. Mary's
St. Mary's home to San Francisco, Saturday, January 12
Gonzaga at Portland, Thursday, January 17