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Monday college basketball betting previews: BYU vs. St. Mary's

By Greg Peterson  (VSiN.com) 

March 4, 2018 06:31 PM

BYU vs St. Mary's (11:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2)

Opening Line: St. Mary's -5.5

Offensive Efficiency: BYU #73, St. Mary's #2

Defensive Efficiency: BYU #40, St. Mary's #59

Rebound Rate: BYU #75, St. Mary's #17

Percent of Shots are 3s: BYU #252, St. Mary's #249

Free-Throw Shooting Percentage: BYU #53, St. Mary's #13

Pace: BYU #271, St. Mary's #347

BYU and St. Mary's looked far from overwhelming in getting to West Coast Conference semifinal game with the Gaels getting a three-point win over six-win Pepperdine and BYU winning by six against a San Diego team that had an interim head coach after its coach was mired in off-court issues.

St. Mary's is an efficient offensive team, but allows lesser teams to hang around with its slow pace. BYU has a similar problem, though the Cougars are a tad better on defense to offset being a bit weaker in the interior on offense.

St. Mary's won the first two matchups because 6-foot-11 center Jock Landale was by far the best player on the floor. He averaged 31.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game.

For BYU to get revenge, BYU has no choice but to double team Landale. Outside of starting forward Yoeli Childs, the Cougars do not have a lot of size, making it all the more important that they block out the Gaels.

BYU does a good job of getting to the free-throw line and not fouling. With St. Mary's being one of the best in the country at drilling free throws and BYU being a good team at the stripe as well, whichever team can draw more fouls will find itself in great shape to win and cover.

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