BYU vs St. Mary's Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/6/23

St. Mary's Gaels (25-6) vs BYU Cougars (19-14)

Game Info: Monday, March 6, 2023 at 9:00 pm (Orleans Arena)

Betting Odds: St. Mary's Gaels -6.5 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The BYU Cougars and Saint Mary’s Gaels face off on Monday in a college basketball showdown in the West Coast Conference Tournament at Orleans Arena. When these two teams faced off on February 18th it was Saint Mary’s that secured the 71-65 victory. 

BYU Betting Preview

BYU comes into this game with a 19-14 record overall and they have gone 18-13 against the spread. On Saturday, BYU faced off against Loyola Marymount in the WCC Tournament and they were able to secure a 73-63 victory. Rudi Williams had a strong game finishing with 23 points, two rebounds, and two assists. BYU is averaging 75.7 points while their defense is giving up 69.7 points per game. Fousseyni Traore is having a strong season averaging 13 points while shooting 61.1 percent from the field.

Saint Mary’s Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Saint Mary’s who sits with a 25-6 record overall and they have gone 16-12-2 against the spread. In the last game against Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s defense had a down game giving up 77 points and that led to the defeat. Two games ago against Pacific they won 83-52 and they need the defense to be good again. Saint Mary’s is averaging 71.9 points while their defense is giving up 59.3 points per game. Logan Johnson is having a strong season averaging 14.7 points while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from behind the three point line. 

BYU vs Saint Mary’s Trends

BYU is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games. The under is 6-1 in Saint Mary’s last seven games against a team with a winning straight up record. The over is 4-1 in the Gaies last five neutral site games as a favorite. 

Shane’s Free Pick

Saint Mary’s defense was exactly elite in the last game against BYU, even though they only gave up 65 points. Saint Mary’s defense also showed some holes against Gonzaga giving up 77 pointsi and they aren’t going to be lights out again here. Look for the pace of this game is going to be a little faster, and the over is going to cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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