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Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Portland Pilots - 3/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Portland Pilots (12-19) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 12:30 am (Orleans Arena)

The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -14 -- Over/Under: 155 See the Latest Odds

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The Portland Pilots will play the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first round of the WCC Tournament on Saturday.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 23-7 (15-3) and are coming off of a win against BYU by a score of 71-68. Gonzaga is the #2 seed in the WCC tournament and finished the regular season by winning 3 of their last 4 games. Gonzaga swept the season series against Portland by score of 92-66 and 85-74. Gonzaga is averaging 78.8 points per game while giving up 65.3 points per game. Gonzaga is also averaging 40.3 rebounds per game and 14 assists per game. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 20.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game for Gonzaga. Domantas Sabonis is averaging 17.2 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga is shooting 74.9% on free throws, 37.3% on three-pointers, and 48.2% on all field goal attempts.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Portland Pilots - 3/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Portland Pilots are 12-19 (6-12) and are coming off of a loss to San Diego by a score of 85-76. Portland is the #7 seed in the WCC tournament and finished the regular season by losing 4 of their last 5 games. Portland is averaging 77.9 points per game while giving up 79.4 points per game. Portland is also averaging 35.3 rebounds per game and 13.4 assists per game. Alec Wintering is averaging 18.4 points per game and 5 assists per game for Portland. Bryce Pressley is averaging 14.6 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Pilots. Portland is shooting 72.4% on free throws, 36.9% on three-pointers, and 43.2% on all field goal attempts.

Portland is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. Portland is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss. The over is 4-1-1 in Portland’s last 6 games. Gonzaga is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. Gonzaga is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The over is 11-5 in Gonzaga’s last 16 neutral site games. Portland is 4-1-1 ATS in these two teams last 6 meetings.

Gonzaga is the better team in this matchup and should be able to win this game. Portland is allowing about 80 points per game, which Gonzaga should be able to take advantage of. Gonzaga is a very good rebounding team and has the shooting advantage in this matchup. I like Gonzaga here. 

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