Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. BYU Cougars - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
BYU Cougars (12-5) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 9:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)
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The BYU Cougars will travel to play the Gonzaga Bulldogs in a WCC game on Thursday.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 13-3 (5-0) and are coming off of a win against Portland by a score of 85-74. Gonzaga is undefeated in conference play, but really struggled against Santa Clara and San Francisco. Gonzaga has losses to Texas A&M, UCLA, and Arizona this season. Gonzaga has wins against Tennessee, UConn, and Washington. Gonzaga is averaging 80.4 points per game while giving up 66.9 points per game. Gonzaga is also averaging 41.4 rebounds per game and 13.7 assists per game. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 21.5 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game for Gonzaga. Domantas Sabonis is averaging 18.9 points per game and 11 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga is shooting 73.7% on free throws, 37.3% on three-pointers, and 49.1% on all field goal attempts.
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The BYU Cougars are 12-5 (3-1) and are coming off of a win against San Francisco by a score of 102-92. BYU’s only loss in conference play came at St. Mary’s. BYU also has losses to Harvard, Colorado, Utah, and Long Beach State. BYU is averaging 84.8 points per game while giving up 73.7 points per game. BYU is also averaging 41.5 rebounds per game and 16.4 assists per game. Chase Fischer is averaging 18.1 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game for BYU. Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 14.9 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game, and 7.5 assists per game for the Cougars. BYU is shooting 67.9% on free throws, 39.6% on three-pointers, and 47% on all field goal attempts.
BYU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. BYU is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The over is 8-1 in BYU’s last 9 games. Gonzaga is 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games. Gonzaga is 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 home games. The over is 6-0 in Gonzaga’s last 6 games. The home team is 9-2-1 ATS in these two teams last 12 meetings.
BYU has really struggled against good teams this season, and they will have a very tough road test here. Both of these teams are high scoring, but I trust the Gonzaga defense more than BYU’s defense. This should be a good game, but I am picking Gonzaga here.