March Madness betting handicappers have more respect for the WCC than perhaps any other mid major conference as there is plenty of quality that will be brought to the March Madness betting line.
The St. Mary’s Gaels and Gonzaga Bulldogs may be the top two favorites and best known teams in the West Coast Conference but they had better arrive ready for work or they could very well be left out in the cold.
St. Mary’s had a record of 23-7 straight up and a break even 12-12-1 against the spread. They were tied with Gonzaga for the top spot in the West Coast Conference with a mark of 11-3 straight up.
St. Mary’s is one of the best offensive teams in the West Coast Conference as they ranked a phenomenal 13th in the nation with 80 points per game. Mickey McConnell was their leading scorer with 16.8 points per game and he also led the Gaels in assists with 6.1 per outing.
St. Mary’s showed weakening board value down the stretch with just 3 payouts in10 games to end the regular season. Their most impressive wins were over St. John’s on November 15 by a score of 76-71 and at Gonzaga on January 27 by a score of 73-71.
Gonzaga is one of the most popular teams to make a March Madness bet with and returned the favor to St. Mary’s with an 89-85 overtime road win on February 24. Gonzaga had a record of 21-9 straight up and 15-11-1 against the spread.
The Zags are also an excellent offensive team to make a bet March Madness wager with as they ranked 33rd in the nation with an average of 76.3 points per game. Gonzaga’s best win besides over St. Mary’s was over Marquette on November 23 by a score of 66-63. They also had a host of near misses in losses to San Diego State and Notre Dame.
San Francisco could be a dangerous March Madness betting underdog as they split 2 games with Gonzaga and was highly competitive in West Coast Conference play with a record of 10-4 straight up as they finished just a game behind the co-champions.