Utah Utes vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs - 3/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Gonzaga Bulldogs (27-7) vs. Utah Utes (27-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 5:40 pm (Pepsi Center)
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The Utah Utes will play the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 27-7 (15-3) and are coming off of a win against Seton Hall by a score of 68-52 in their first game of the tournament. Domantas Sabonis led Gonzaga with 21 points and 16 rebounds in the win. Gonzaga out rebounded their opponent by a total of 49-34 and added 12 assists in their victory. Gonzaga defeated Portland, BYU, and St. Mary’s to win the WCC Tournament. Gonzaga is averaging 79.7 points per game while giving up 66.2 points per game. Gonzaga is also averaging 39.6 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 20.7 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game for Gonzaga. Domantas Sabonis is averaging 17.4 points per game and 11.6 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga is shooting 76% on free throws, 37.8% on three-pointers, and 48.6% on all field goal attempts.
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The Utah Utes are 27-8 (13-5) and are coming off of a win against Fresno State by a score of 80-69 in their first game of the tournament. Jakob Poeltl led Utah with 16 points and 18 rebounds for the win. Utah was able to out rebound their opponent by a total of 35-15 and added 16 assists for the victory. Utah defeated USC and California in the PAC-12 Tournament before losing to Oregon in the Championship Game. Utah is averaging 77.6 points per game while giving up 69.1 points per game. Utah is also averaging 37.4 rebounds per game and 15.6 assists per game. Jakob Poeltl is averaging 17.6 points per game and 9 rebounds per game for Utah. Jordan Loveridge is averaging 11.8 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Utes. Utah is shooting 71.4% on free throws, 36.3% on three-pointers, and 48.9% on all field goal attempts.
This should be a very good game between two teams that like to go inside and use their big men. Utah has one of the best big men in the country with Jakob Poeltl, while Gonzaga has Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis. Gonzaga is the better defensive team in this matchup and has the rebounding advantage in this game. I think this will be a tight game, but I like Utah here.