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Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. San Diego Toreros Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/23/14

San Diego Toreros (11-9) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)

The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

Storyline: Gonzaga has won two in a row since getting bounced from the top 25 following the upset loss to Portland Jan. 9 and now look to inch their way back into the rankings when they host San Diego Thursday.

The Breakdown: The Bulldogs are in sole possession of first place in the WCC with a conference record of 6-1, winning their second consecutive Saturday in an 82-72 victory over Loyola Marymount. Gonzaga shot a strong 53.2 percent from the field and senior C Sam Dower scored a career-high 28 points to go along with 14 rebounds. The Zags connected on 5 of 13 from distance and finished with a 41-31 rebounding edge. Gonzaga also kept the Lions to 28 of 66 from the floor and 6 of 15 from outside the arc. Senior G Drew Barham added 16 points, including 4 of 5 from downtown. On the season, the Bulldogs rank 24th nationally with 81.6 ppg and 2nd at 51.3 percent shooting. Junior G Kevin Pangos leads the team with 16.2 ppg, followed by Dower at 14.0 ppg.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. San Diego Toreros Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/23/14

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San Diego, meanwhile, sits in 8th place with a conference record of 2-5. The Torreros have dropped two of their last three including a heartbreaking 64-62 loss to San Francisco Saturday in the game’s final second. San Diego was outshot from the field 53.5 percent to 42.9 percent and from distance 54.5 percent to 44.4 percent. The Torreros were also edged 30-27 on the boards. Junior G Johnny Dee had a game-high 16 points and hit 4 of 8 from outside the arc, while junior G Christopher Anderson added 15 points and 5 assists. Through 20 games, San Diego is averaging 68.6 ppg on 45.2 percent shooting and Dee leads the team with 16.5 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -16.5 for Gonzaga and it’s difficult to see anything less than a rout here. In seven conference games, San Diego has struggled have to score over 65 points and have actually done so just twice. That’s just not likely fly against one of the country’s best shooting teams. Look for the Zags to cover the healthy spread.

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