BYU Cougars vs. Saint Mary’s-California Gaels, Monday, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Basketball Betting, Picks and Prediction

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BYU COUGARS ST. MARY’S GAELS
22-10 March 6, 11:30 PM | Orleans Arena 27-3
Brigham Young vs St. Mary’s, Betting Lines
When: 11:30 PM ET, Monday, March 6, 2017
Where: Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: 11:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Monday, March 6th – WEST COAST CONFERENCE – SEMIFINALS – Orleans Arena – Las Vegas, NV
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
541 –BYU Cougars +7½ -110 +290 Ov 141½ -110
542 –Saint Mary’s-California Gaels -7½ -110 -350 Un 141½ -110

The fans at Orleans Arena will be treated to a game between the BYU Cougars and the Saint Mary’s-California Gaels when they take their seats on Monday.

ABOUT BYU (22-10): The Cougars have a few other proven scorers if the Gaels decided to put multiple defenders on Landale. Freshman TJ Haws averages 13.9 points and is the team’s top 3-point shooter at 40.1 percent. Nick Emery scored 37 points in a non-conference game earlier this season and has recorded at least 20 in six other contests – including a 21-point performance in Saturday’s quarterfinals – while Elijah Bryant is the fourth BYU player averaging double figures in scoring (11.7 points) and produced a 39-point effort on Feb. 23 against Portland.

ABOUT SAINT MARY’S (27-3): Evan Fitzner played just nine minutes in the first-round win over Loyola Marymount, but he should seen an increase in minutes against the bigger Cougars. The 6-10 sophomore center scored a season-high 15 points against BYU in a career-high 36 minutes on Feb. 18, though he saw more playing time than planned because Landale was in foul trouble for much of the game. The Cougars can’t sag too far in the middle as Calvin Hermanson has had a hot hand from 3-point range lately, shooting 17-of-36 from beyond the arc over his last five contests.

Oddsmakers currently have the Gaels listed as 7½-point favorites versus the Cougars, while the game’s total is sitting at 141½.

Second-seeded Saint Mary’s will try to move closer to its first WCC tournament championship since 2012 when it meets No. 3 BYU in a semifinal contest Monday in Las Vegas. The Gaels defeated 10th-seeded Portland 81-58 in Saturday’s quarterfinals, about eight hours after the Cougars knocked off No. 6 Loyola Marymount 89-81 at Orleans Arena.

The Gaels beat BYU by 13 points in both meetings during the regular season. Saint Mary’s leading scorer and rebounder Jock Landale produced a big performance in the first meeting, finishing with 26 points and nine rebounds in the 81-68 victory, but the 6-11 junior center was held to a season-low seven points in the second contest – a 70-57 win in Provo, Utah. Landale will face another tough matchup in BYU sophomore forward Eric Mika, who recorded 28 points and 10 rebounds in the first game against Saint Mary’s while registering 18 and five in the second. Mika also leads his team in scoring (20.4 points) and rebounds (9.3), and he came up big in the first-round win against Loyola Marymount, finishing with 25 points and eight boards.

Last time out for Saint Mary’s-California, they were a 81-58 winner as they battled Pilots at home. They covered in the match as a -22.5-point favorite.

BYU won its last outing, a 89-81 result against Lions on March 04. They earned a push in that game as a -8-point favorite.

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BYU:
Team record: 22-10 SU,12-15-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
BYU is 3-6-2 ATS in its last 11 games
BYU is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
BYU is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Saint Mary’s-California

Saint Mary’s-California:
Team record: 27-3 SU,16-12-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Saint Mary’s-California is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Saint Mary’s-California is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saint Mary’s-California’s last 6 games

TIP-INS

1. Saint Mary’s has shot better than 50 percent in 18 of 30 games this season.

2. The Gaels last played an overtime contest on Dec. 22, 2014, a 72-68 win against Northeastern.

3. Mika has scored in double figures in 33 straight games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Saint Mary’s-California Gaels will cover the spread at -7½ and the game will go over 141½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Saint Mary’s 67, BYU 59 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
BYU TEAM STMAR
81.3 PTS FOR 72.2
73.1 PTS AGNST 56.1
8.2 DIFF. 16.1
31.5 DEF REBOUNDS 25.9
10.4 OFF REBOUNDS 9.9
46.1 FG% 49.8
73.2 FT% 74.4
6.7 3 POINTERS 8.7
6.8 STEALS 4.1
BETTING TRENDS
BYU
No trends to report
ST. MARY’S
St. Mary’s is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Mary’s last 6 games
St. Mary’s is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing BYU
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
BYU’s Overall Scoring vs St. Mary’s’s Overall Defense 81.3 26 56.1 3
BYU’s Away Scoring vs St. Mary’s’s Home Defense 77.3 35 57.4 8
BYU’s Road Rebounds vs St. Mary’s’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.2 72 25.1 2
St. Mary’s’s Overall Scoring vs BYU’s Overall Defense 72.2 208 73.1 209
St. Mary’s’s Home Scoring vs BYU’s Road Defense 74.2 222 77.2 230
St. Mary’s’s Home Rebounds vs BYU’s Road Rebounds Allowed 34.8 268 36.3 192
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
BYU
BYU is second in rebounds in the league at 41.9.
ST. MARY’S
St. Mary’s has allowed the third fewest points in the league at 56.1 per game.
St. Mary’s is second in three points made allowed in the league with 4.5 per game.
St. Mary’s is second in rebounds allowed in the league at 25.8.

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