Saint Mary's at Gonzaga Betting Preview, Selections, Odds

Game: Saint Mary's at Gonzaga (-13)

Sharp: Dave Miller

Selection: Gonzaga (-13)

Saint Mary's (24-6, 11-4 West Coast Conference) concludes its regular season with a date at No. 3 Gonzaga (28-2, 14-1) at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane on Saturday night in the final home game for Bulldog seniors Killian Tillie, Admon Gilder and Ryan Woolridge.

The Gaels used 33 points from senior guard Jordan Ford to earn a 6-point road win in their last contest at Santa Clara on Thursday night. Junior forward Malik Fitts and Dan Fotu added 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Tanner Krebs had 11 rebounds in the team's fourth consecutive victory to split the season series with the Broncos.

Meanwhile, Mark Few's Bulldogs easily handled San Diego at home on Thursday night behind Filip Petrusev's 21 points and 9 rebounds. Corey Kispert scored 16 points and Woolridge had 15 for Gonzaga in the 35-point win to help the Zags clinch their eighth straight West Coast Conference regular-season title and rebound from their loss at BYU last weekend. The much bigger Zags won the rebound battle 51-27 and outscored the Toreros 54-22 in the paint.

Gonzaga has won 38 consecutive home games and is on pace to earn the top seed in the West and play the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament in Spokane, so this is a very important game for its résumé. It's a squad that leads the nation in scoring at over 87 points per game with six players averaging in double figures. It's also a team that beat Randy Bennett's Gaels by 30 on the road in early February to give Saint Mary's its worst home loss in 19 years.

The Zags enter as 13-point favorites, which is a big number considering Saint Mary's is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country at 40.4 percent. But Gonzaga is no slouch from downtown, converting on 38.7 percent of its chances. Ford and Fitts will earn their share of points, and expect the Gaels to hit more than the 4 3-pointers they had in the first meeting. But Gonzaga's plethora of scoring options and size should be enough to cover the number.


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