9 p.m. ET – Saint Mary’s at No. 1 Gonzaga (-20.5) O/U:141.5
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Saint Marys||+20½ (-105)||+1150||O 141½ (-110)|
|Gonzaga||-20½ (-115)||-2500||U 141½ (-110)|
The 11-6 Gaels travel to Spokane, Washington on Thursday night with the hopes of being the first team this season to knock off the 20-0 Bulldogs. Saint Mary’s is having a down year this season and it was very evident on Saturday when they lost 60-58 to a Pepperdine team they have historically dominated. Gonzaga, meanwhile, has been coasting since conference play began, most recently picking up a 100-61 road win at San Francisco on Saturday. These two teams met back on Jan. 16, when the Bulldogs came out with a 73-59 victory.
St. Mary’s are led by guard Tommy Kuhse, who leads the team with 14.1 points and 5.4 assists per game. Kushe had 10 points and seven assists in the first matchup, but the Gaels will likely need a career night from him if they have any chance to pull off this massive and highly unlikely upset.
Gonzaga’s leading scorer is forward Drew Timme, but he is far from alone in their star-studded lineup. The Zags are a well-oiled machine that features four players averaging in double figures. In the first matchup, their leading scorer was forward Corey Kispert with had 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field.
Gonzaga is returning home for the first time in six games, so expect them to feel right at home out of the gate. The best, most sure bet in this one is to back the Zags to cover its first-half spread of 11 points.
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