College Basketball Betting: Analzying the West Coast Conference

The over/under for the conference's eight teams was 99-134-3, giving college basketball betting technicians a solid trend. Straight up (SU), against the spread (ATS), and over/under (O/U) records for the 2007/08 season are in parentheses:

GONZAGA (25-8 SU, 17-16 ATS, 17-16 O/U): The return of four double-digit scorers makes Gonzaga a national power and Tournament threat again.

By the Numbers (2007/08 Season)

Home Favorite:  9-6

Home Underdog:  0-0

Away Favorite:  4-3

Away Underdog:  2-1

Neutral Site:   2-6

Sportsbook Buster: The Bulldogs were 9-6 ATS at home last season.

Sports Betting Angle: Gonzaga was 6-9 ATS in games following a pointspread defeat last season.

ST. MARY'S (25-7 SU, 15-13-1 ATS, 11-18 O/U): Diamon Simpson (13.4 PPG, 9.6 RPG) and Patrick Mills (14.8 PPG) head a deep and talented squad.

By the Numbers (2007/08 Season)

Home Favorite:  7-5

Home Underdog:  1-0

Away Favorite:  4-3-1

Away Underdog:  0-3

Neutral site:   3-2

Sportsbook Buster: The Gaels were 14-9-1 as favorites.

Sports Betting Angle: The "under" was 17-7 when St. Mary's was a favorite.


SAN DIEGO (22-14 SU, 22-10 ATS, 13-19 O/U): Five starters, including Brandon Johnson (16.9 PPG), return from last season's WCC tournament title team.

By the Numbers (2007/08 Season)

Home Favorite:  5-4

Home Underdog:  4-1

Away Favorite:  2-1

Away Underdog:  7-2

Neutral Site:   3-2

Sportsbook Buster: The Toreros were 13-4 ATS in conference games.

Sports Betting Angle: San Diego was 14-5 as an underdog.


SANTA CLARA (15-16 SU, 14-15 ATS, 11-18 O/U): 6-10, 305-pound Josh Bryant (18.0 PPG, 9.6 RPG) anchors a team that needs better backcourt play.

By the Numbers (2007/08 Season)

Home Favorite:  4-6

Home Underdog:  2-0

Away Favorite:  2-2

Away Underdog:  2-5

Neutral Site:   1-2

Sportsbook Buster: The Broncos were 5-2 as an away favorite but 2-5 as an away underdog.

Sports Betting Angle: The "under" was 8-3 when Santa Clara was an underdog.


SAN FRANCISCO (10-21 SU, 12-15-1 ATS, 12-16 O/U): Dior Lowhorn (20.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG) and Manny Quezada (13.9 PPG) could mean a winning record.

By the Numbers (2007/08 Season)

Home Favorite:  3-3

Home Underdog:  0-5

Away Favorite:  0-1

Away Underdog:  6-6-1

Neutral Site:   3-0

Sportsbook Buster: The Dons were 7-11-1 as underdogs.

Sports Betting Angle: San Francisco was 6-11 ATS after a SU defeat.


PORTLAND (9-22 SU, 8-18-2 ATS, 10-17-1 O/U): With a dozen underclassmen on the roster, the Pilots are still a year away from making a big move.

By the Numbers (2007/08 Season)

Home Favorite:  0-3-1

Home Underdog:  1-4-1

Away Favorite:  0-2

Away Underdog:  5-6

Neutral Site:   2-2

Sportsbook Buster: The Pilots were 1-8-2 ATS at home.

Sports Betting Angle: Portland was 3-11-1 ATS in conference games.


LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (5-26 SU, 6-21 ATS, 11-13-2 O/U): First year Coach Bill Bayno will rely on his recruits, a strategy which may pay long-term dividends but not much this season.

By the Numbers (2007/08 Season)

Home Favorite:  0-0

Home Underdog:  3-8

Away Favorite:  0-0

Away Underdog:  3-10

Neutral Site:   0-3

Sportsbook Buster: The Lions were 2-10 ATS versus non-conference opponents.

Sports Betting Angle: Loyola Marymount was 6-20 as an underdog.


PEPPERDINE (11-21 SU, 18-12 ATS, 14-16 O/U): Coach Tom Asbury inherits a team with seven newcomers so it'll be a rough surf in Malibu.

By the Numbers (2007/08 Season)

Home Favorite:  2-3

Home Underdog:  2-2

Away Favorite:  1-0

Away Underdog: 10-6

Neutral Site:   3-1

Sportsbook Buster: The Waves were 11-6 ATS on the road.

Sports Betting Angle: Pepperdine was 15-8 as an underdog.