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Saint Mary’s Eyes Back-to-Back WCC Tournament Titles vs Gonzaga

Gonzaga vs St. Mary's Betting Odds

The third-seeded Saint Mary’s Gaels (26-7) will try to keep the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs (30-2) from winning the West Coast Conference for the second year in a row in the tournament championship game on Tuesday in Las Vegas. Saint Mary’s ended a six-year run for Gonzaga winning the tournament in 2019 with a 60-47 upset victory as a 15-point underdog in the title game, and the team will try to do the same as a comparable dog again.

Saint Mary’s Gaels vs Gonzaga Bulldogs

Opening Odds Analysis

Both teams have had a difficult time covering the spread lately, but Gonzaga might have gotten its wake-up call against the San Francisco Dons in the semifinals on Monday. That said, Saint Mary’s proved it can win this game last year and might get some late support.

Saint Mary’s News & Notes

The Gaels rallied back to beat the second-seeded BYU Cougars 51-50 in the semifinals after closing as 4-point underdogs. Led by senior guard Jordan Ford, they outscored the Cougars 31-24 in the second half, as he totaled a team-high 18 points in 34 minutes and hit the game-winning basket in the final seconds to pull off the upset.

Ford scored 42 points in 50 minutes against the Pepperdine Waves on Saturday, with Saint Mary’s winning 89-82 in double overtime but falling short of covering as an 8-point favorite. Those big minutes could be a bit of a concern for other players in this spot, but he scored a game-high 17 in 40 minutes of last year’s WCC tournament title game victory, so he should be ready.

Gonzaga News & Notes

The Bulldogs might have a No. 1 seed on the line here and can essentially clinch one against the Gaels with a victory in this spot, solidifying their status in the NCAA Tournament. While they did not cover the spread for the third time in four games as 12-point favorites, they still found a way to squeak out an 81-77 win in the semifinals on Monday behind sophomore guard Joel Ayayi, who scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half.

Senior forward Killian Tillie led the way with 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, but it was Ayayi who came through with some big baskets in the second half to help Gonzaga avoid the upset.

Betting Pick: Gonzaga -9.5

The Bulldogs simply have too much size for the Gaels and will dominate again inside. Gonzaga has won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series straight up, covering the spread in eight of them. Saint Mary’s had a small upset of BYU in the semis, but the run ends here.

Shark Bites
  • Gonzaga is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games.
  • The OVER is 13-1 in Gonzaga’s last 14 games.
  • The OVER is 9-3 in Saint Mary’s last 12 games.