Santa Clara at St. Mary's: 3/7/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Santa Clara at St. Mary's: 3/7/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

St. Mary's Gaels (24-6) vs Santa Clara Broncos (21-10)

Game Info: Monday, March 7, 2022 at 11:30 pm (Orleans Arena)

Betting Odds: St. Mary's Gaels -4 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Santa Clara Broncos and Saint Mary’s Gaels face off on Monday in a college basketball showdown in the West Coast Tournament at Orleans Arena. The winner of this game will advance to the WCC title game. 

When these two teams faced off on February 8th it was Santa Clara that won 77-72. PJ Pipes led the way for Santa Clara scoring 21 points. Tommy Kuhse led the way for Saint Mary’s scoring 16 points. 

Santa Clara comes into this game with a 21-10 record overall and they have gone 18-12-1 against the spread. Santa Clara has won three games in a row, including their last game against Portland 91-67. Each of the last three games, Santa Clara has scored at least 89 points, and the offense is going to need to run up the score in this game. Santa Clara is averaging 78.3 points while their defense is giving up 72.1 points per game. Jalen Williams has been the top player for Santa Clara this season averaging 17.9 points while shooting 52 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from behind the three point line. 

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On the other side of this matchup is the Saint Mary’s Gaels who are a team that believe they can win the WCC title. Saint Mary’s comes into this game with a 24-6 record overall and they have gone 19-9-1 against the spread. Saint Mary’s has won four games in a row and in the last game they beat Gonzaga by ten points. The defense only gave up 57 points and that has given this team a ton of confidence. Saint Mary’s is averaging 69.6 points while their defense is giving up 59.4 points per game. Guard Jalen Williams has been the top for Santa Clara averaging 17.9 points while shooting 52 percent from the field. 

Santa Clara is 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games following an against the spread win. The under is 7-0 in Saint Mary’s last seven games played on Monday. The over is 7-1 in Santa Clara’s last eight games played on Monday. 

Saint Mary’s has a ton of confidence heading into this game, and they are going to continue that success in this one. Look for Santa Clara to struggle to defend, and that is going to be the difference as Saint Mary’s gets the job done. Back Saint Mary’s against the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Saint Mary's -4

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