TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION MONDAY, MARCH 8TH
#798 GONZAGA (-18) over St Mary’s at 9 PM EST
After failing to cash (ATS) in its last two games at home against Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount, No. 1 Gonzaga will have no trouble pounding St. Mary’s in this West Coast Conference semifinal game. The Gaels scoot into this battle off a less than impressive 52-47 win and cover over the Lions in the quarterfinals and they are in prime position to get their doors blown off here.
History will be all over this Best Bet too. Against SMC, head coach Mark Few and his kids hold a sensational 48-11 SU and 38-21 ATS record in their last 59 battles. If this is a conference tournament game, the Bulldogs improve to a sensational 12-3 SU and ATS. Overall, in the West Coast Conference Tournament, the ‘Zags sports a powerful 45-5 SU and 31-19 ATS mark including a money-making 28-5 SU and 24-9 ATS in this run provided their opponent carries a team won/loss percentage of .550 or better. Finally, favorites in the semifinal round of the WCC Tournament hold a respectable 36-6 SU and 24-16-2 ATS mark in their last 42 tries.
If you want to fade St. Mary’s, be sure to do it when the Gaels are in the role of an underdog. According to the Team Stryker college basketball database, head coach Randy Bennett’s boys own a dismal 40-148 SU and 78-109-1 ATS mark when grabbing points including a rough 13-75 SU and 33-55 ATS provided their opponent takes the floor with confidence off two or more straight up wins. In addition, when competing in the WCC Tournament and competing against a foe that enters off a straight up win, St. Mary’s holds a stiff 11-21-4 ATS mark including a shocking 1-10 SU and ATS in this spot provided they are priced as a pup of +6 or more. With those two parameters live and the Gaels facing a foe that is not off a blowout win of 25 points or more, this situation crashes to a disturbing 0-9 SU and ATS.
The Bulldogs are the best team in the nation and, with rest, they’ll have no problems extending the margin in this mismatch. Take Gonzaga. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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