The time is here for more of our sparkling CBB picks, as we look at the schedule for basketball for Thursday night. The Gonzaga Bulldogs and St. Mary’s Gaels will have it in a nationally televised game, which can be seen on the college basketball TV schedule on ESPN2.
Free College Hoops Picks: St. Mary’s Gaels @ Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, January 10th, 11:00 ET
Location: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WA
St. Mary’s vs. Gonzaga Live TV: ESPN2
These night games in the Kennel are always tough, and they are made all the more interesting this year because of the fact that the Zags are such a great team this year. Gonzaga is led by F Kelly Olynyk, who literally has been unstoppable over the course of the last eight games or so. He put up 33 against the Santa Clara Broncos, and he adds to a team that already has plenty of other stars like F Elias Harris, G Kevin Pangos, and G Gary Bell Jr. This legitimately could be a Final Four team this year with the right draw in the bracket, and it wouldn’t be a shock to most in the country if that were to be the case. St. Mary’s though, knows what it takes to win here in Spokane. Granted, the teams from two and three years ago were better than this team is, but men like F Mitchell Young, G Jorden Page, G Stephen Holt, and G Matthew Dellavedova have been here for quite some time. The Gaels love to fly up and down the court, and they do so with ease at times. There is a heck of a lot of veteran leadership here in St. Mary’s, and we have a tough time thinking that this game is going to be a blowout. Take the points.
St. Mary’s vs. Gonzaga Pick: St. Mary’s Gaels +10
St. Mary’s vs. Gonzaga Prediction: Gonzaga 84 – St. Mary’s 80