Gonzaga Bulldogs at St. Mary's Gaels Spread Pick

February 4, 10:30 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Zaga +3/ St. Mary's -3

The two big dogs of the West Coast Conference clash for the first time this season when St. Mary’s hosts Gonzaga Saturday night in Moraga. The Bulldogs are usually the bullies in this series, but they come in here as the second place and as the underdogs.

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College Basketball Betting Odds

Saturday’s CBB betting lines opened St. Mary’s at -3.5 over Gonzaga, with an over/under of right around 138. Both figures were holding steady in the early betting action.

According to Sagarin’s CBB ratings at USAToday.com, the Gaels should be favored by three points for this match-up.

Gonzaga-St. Mary’s College Basketball Betting Preview

The Bulldogs own a three-game winning streak after beating Santa Clara Thursday night 88-70. Gonzaga took the lead for good one minute into the game, went up by double-digits eight minutes in, and led 43-24 at the half. The Zags then never allowed the Broncos to get closer than 14 points from there and covered as 13-point favorites.

Gonzaga shot a hot 59 percent from the field Thursday, held Santa Clara to just 40 percent shooting, and out-rebounded the Broncos 36-28.

So that’s three games in a row the Bulldogs have shot at least 50 percent from the field.

Two games ago, Gonzaga won at Portland 82-67 and covered at -13. Three games ago, the Zags beat Pacific 99-90 but came up short ATS at -18.

At 19-4, overall Gonzaga is basically a shoo-in to make the NCAA tournament for the 24th straight season.

The Gaels ride an 11-game winning streak in Saturday night after beating San Francisco Thursday night 68-59. St. Mary's led that game 36-27 at the half and by 13 early in the second half, then fell behind to the Dons 55-53 with four minutes left. But the Gaels scored the next eight points of the game and held on from there for the victory.

However, St. Mary's came up short ATS at -11.

The Gaels only shot 33 percent from the field Thursday night but held USF to 39 percent shooting and won the battle on the glass 39-23.

Two games ago St. Mary's held BYU to just 33 percent FG shooting and won 57-56 on a bucket with one second left. Three games ago, the Gaels beat Santa Clara 77-58 and covered at -11.

At 20-4, overall, St. Mary's looks like a good bet to make the Big Dance for the second straight season.

Also, at 9-0 in conference play, the Gaels lead the Big West by one game over 8-1 Gonzaga.

Gonzaga-St. Mary's Recent History

The Zags are 8-1 SU, 4-3-2 ATS over the last nine meetings between these teams, playing as the favorite every game, seven times by double-digits. Last year these teams split two regular-season meetings before Gonzaga beat the Gaels in the WCC tournament championship game 82-69.

Totals Report

  • The Totals are split 11-11 in Gonzaga games this season, which are averaging 159 total points.
  • The Unders are 13-10 in St. Mary's games this season, averaging 128 points.
  • The Unders are 3-1 over the last four meetings between these teams.

Gonzaga at St. Mary's Pick ATS 2/4/23

This is the first time Gonzaga’s been lined as a dog against St. Mary’s in memory. And yet we still believe the Zags are the better team - although not by much - in this match-up. And this game should be close, where three and a half points might come in really handy. St. Mary’s is one of the best defensive teams in the country, but the way Gonzaga shoots the ball should keep them in it. We’re betting the Bulldogs here, plus the points.
Free Pick: 
Take Gonzaga +3