Santa Clara vs Saint Mary's 3/7/22 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/06/2022 at 9:44 PM ET

Santa Clara vs  Saint Mary's 3/7/22 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

The Santa Clara Broncos will play in the semifinal of the West Coast Conference tournament Monday night in Las Vegas, NV against the Saint Mary's Gaels. Santa Clara comes into the conference tournament riding a two game win streak following a 13 point win over Portland to end the year. Offensively Santa Clara was dominant making 60% of their shots and 56% from beyond the arc to score 102 points in the game including 61 in the second half.

Joisp Vrankic led the way for Santa Clara scoring 30 points on 11 of 16 shooting in 29 minutes on the floor. PJ Pipes added 23 points in 31 minutes and Jalen Williams chipped in 16 points and a team high 9 assists.

The Saint Mary's Gaels open the conference tournament Monday night riding a four game win streak following their biggest win of the season over Gonzaga. Defensively Saint Mary’s stifled Gonzaga holding the Bulldogs to only 57 points on 36.7% shooting from the floor.

Offensively this season Saint. Mary's has four players averaging double figures led by Mathias Tass scoring a team high 12.5 points to go along with a team leading 6.2 rebounds. Tommy Kuhse is second on the team scoring 11.4 points to go along with a team high 3.6 assists and Logan Johnson ships in a third best 11.1 points

The Saint Mary's Gaels are running hot coming into the tournament and will carry that momentum into Monday night. Santa Clara does have the better offense in this matchup, but the Gaels allow 13 points less per game and will use that strength to win and advance. Both teams split the season series, but Saint Marys will get the job done Monday advancing to the conference championship. Final Score Prediction, Saint Mary’s wins and cover 76-67.

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