The Saint Mary’s Gaels (25-7, 12-5 WCC) clash against the No. 15 BYU Cougars (24-7, 13-3 WCC) in the West Coast Conference Tourney at Orleans Arena. The game starts at 11:30 p.m. ET on Monday, March 9, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. BYU Cougars ATS Prediction
The Gaels come in on a high note after defeating the Pepperdine Waves in their last contest, 89-82. Saint Mary’s’ 10.1 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Pepperdine, who had a rate of 19.4. The Gaels’ mark was better than their season average of 13.3, while the Waves’ was above their season average of 15.4. With 42 points on 17-for-30 shooting, Jordan Ford led Saint Mary’s in scoring.
The last time the Cougars took the court, they beat the Pepperdine Waves, 81-64. The Cougars held the Waves to an effective field goal percentage of 0.447 (below their season average of 0.501). The Waves had a free throw rate of 0.076 (below their season average of 0.266). Yoeli Childs was the top scorer from either team with 38 points on 17-for-27 shooting from the field.
It might turn into a high-scoring affair as two of the country’s premier offenses battle. BYU ranks fourth with 114.6 points per 100 possessions and Saint Mary’s is third (114.7). Also, the Gaels rank 260th in offensive rebounding percentage (25.8 percent), while the Cougars rank 33rd in defensive rebounding percentage (76.2 percent).
Saint Mary’s Gaels vs. BYU Cougars ATS Pick
Basketball Prediction: ATS Winner – BYU, O/U – Over
BYU ranks fifth in assists per game (17.5) while Saint Mary’s ranks 186th (12.1).
The Gaels rank first in steals allowed per game (4.0) while the Cougars rank 91st (6.1).
Saint Mary’s ranks ninth in rebounds allowed per game (30.1) while BYU ranks 97th (33.6).
The Cougars rank 22nd in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while the Gaels rank 108th (3.2).
Saint Mary’s ranks 26th in three pointers allowed per game (17.8) while BYU ranks 68th (19.6).
The Gaels’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.6, down from 9.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cougars have scored an average of 81.2 points per game (3.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.4 points per game (1.6 above their season average).
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