Gonzaga vs Saint Mary’s prediction, college basketball game preview, how to watch: Saturday, February 26
Gonzaga vs Saint Mary’s How To Watch
Date: Saturday, February 26
Game Time: 10:00 ET
Venue: University Credit Union Pavilion, Moraga, CA
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Gonzaga (24-2), Saint Mary’s (23-6)
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Gonzaga vs Saint Mary’s Game Preview
Why Gonzaga Will Win
Saint Mary’s just doesn’t score enough.
It’s a great team with a phenomenal defense and great half court attack that spreads the ball around well, but the points don’t go in bunches. It’s more about quality over quantity, and you’re not beating Gonzaga if you’re not serving up the super-sized portions.
Even when Gonzaga is struggling a bit – like it did against Santa Clara – it’s still able to power through.
It played the Gaels’ game – for the most part – in the first meeting two weeks ago and still made 55% from the field, half the threes, and won by 16.
Gonzaga can play a whole lot of defense, too, but …
Why Saint Mary’s Will Win
Saint Mary’s is 15-0 in Moraga.
Granted, it hasn’t played Gonzaga at home – or anyone close to it – but no one seems to be able to get the offense going when the Gaels feel comfortable.
No one has hit 70 points, it’s been a struggle for teams to get to 40% from three, and the offense flirts with 50% from the field.
As long as the best defense in the West Coast Conference can be solid, and as long as the team doesn’t turn the ball over in bunches and bogs everything down …
What’s Going To Happen
It’s going to be a great fight for a half, and once again, a team in the West Coast Conference that should give Gonzaga a hard time will do just that …
Until the big scoring burst comes.
San Francisco was supposed to be a nasty out at home, and then Gonzaga pulled away for a 16-point win.
Santa Clara made a push, and then it was a 12-point Bulldog victory.
Saint Mary’s has the make up and talent to pull this off and finally show that Gonzaga is vulnerable.
And then Gonzaga will prove once again that it’s not – at least for now.
Gonzaga vs Saint Mary’s Prediction, Lines
Gonzaga 76, Saint Mary’s 66
Line: Gonzaga -9.5, o/u: 143.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 4
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