Free College Basketball Picks Today: Saint Mary’s Gaels vs Brigham Young Cougars 3/6/23

Free College Basketball Picks Today: Saint Mary’s Gaels vs Brigham Young Cougars 3/6/23
Mon 6th March 2023

The Saint Mary’s Gaels (25-6, 14-2 WCC) face the BYU Cougars (19-14, 9-9 WCC) Monday at Orleans Arena in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tourney. BYU topped the Loyola Marymount Lions 73-63 at Orleans Arena on Saturday in the quarterfinals, their third straight win.

Rudi Williams led the way with 23 points. Saint Mary’s fell short on February 25 at McCarthey Athletic Center, falling to the Gonzaga Bulldogs 77-68 to close out their regular season. Logan Johnson had 27 points in defeat, leading the team.

Saint Mary’s was undefeated in the regular season against BYU, winning both of their meetings, the most recent of which was a 71-65 victory at University Credit Union Pavilion on February 18, their third straight head-to-head victory. Johnson led the Gaels with 27 points and seven rebounds. Fousseyni Traore had 16 points in the loss.

The Cougars have been led this season by Traore and Williams, who are averaging 13.0 and 12.8 points per game, respectively. Traore also has grabbed 7.9 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, Dallin Hall is dishing 3.2 assists per game Johnson (14.7 ppg) and Aidan Mahaney (14.6) have powered the Gaels’ offense.

Johnson also has distributed 3.7 assists per game. Mitchell Saxen has posted 8.0 rebounds per game. Holding opponents to 59.3 points per game, the Gaels are one of the best scoring defenses in the nation (5th). In the last 10 games, BYU is 5-5 with an average margin of +5.7 (76.8-71.1).

Saint Mary’s has gone 8-2 over the last 10, scoring 71.9 points per game on average while holding opponents to 63.8 (+8.1 margin). The Gaels are averaging 71.9 ppg for the full season while allowing 59.3.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Richie Saunders: 11.0 | 8.4 | +2.6
Noah Waterman: 5.2 | 8.2 | -3.0
Points per game:
Rudi Williams: 16.6 | 12.8 | +3.8
Gideon George: 7.6 | 10.5 | -2.9
Rebounds per game:
Gideon George: 4.4 | 5.9 | -1.5


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Logan Johnson: 33.8 | 23.3 | +10.5
Luke Barrett: 0.5 | 4.0 | -3.5
Points per game:
Logan Johnson: 24.0 | 14.7 | +9.3
Rebounds per game:
Kyle Bowen: 5.0 | 7.4 | -2.4
Assists per game:
Aidan Mahaney: 2.6 | 2.0 | +0.6

SportsTips’ College Basketball Pick:

Saint Marys (-350)

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