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North Dakota State vs. Gonzaga - 3/20/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Gonzaga (32-2) vs. North Dakota State (23-9)

College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 9:50 pm (KeyArena)

The Line: Gonzaga -17.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT

The North Dakota State Bison and Gonzaga Bulldogs play Friday in the NCAA Tournament.

The North Dakota State Bison won the Summit and have won five of their last six. On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 67.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting and is allowing 73.4 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Lawrence Alexander is averaging 18.9 points and 4.6 rebounds while A.J. Jacobson is averaging 11.9 points and 1.8 assists. Kory Brown is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Dexter Werner is shooting 49.7 percent from the field. The North Dakota State Bison have five players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 69.3 percent from the line and 38 percent from deep. Defensively, NDSU is allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in five of its last six games.

North Dakota State vs. Gonzaga - 3/20/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs won the WCC and have lost just two games all year. On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 79.1 points on 52.5 percent shooting and is allowing 60.9 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 16.7 points and six rebounds while Kevin Pangos is averaging 11.5 points and five assists. Przemek Karnowski is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Byron Wesley is dishing 2.3 assists. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 69.1 percent from the line and 40.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Gonzaga is allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 72 or more points in four of its last seven games.

The Bison are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Friday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Bulldogs are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. 

The only teams NDSU played this season that were anywhere close to Gonzaga were Texas and Iowa. Both games resulted in ugly blowouts. Look for Gonzaga to win this game rather easily. 

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Gonzaga Bulldogs -17.5

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