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Quinnipiac vs. Gonzaga - 11/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-0) at Quinnipiac Bobcats (0-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 24, 2016 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)

The Line: Quinnipiac Bobcats +24.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The 11th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs and Quinnipiac Bobcats will square off at HP Field House in the Advocare Invitational this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The 11th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs improved to 3-0 on the season after defeating the Bryant Bulldogs, 109-70, this past Friday. Gonzaga used their size to their advantage in this one and basically held a double-digit lead throughout the entire game. Gonzaga shot an impressive 55.7% from the field and forced Bryant into committing 23 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Gonzaga was Przemek Karnowski who had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 90.0 ppg on 49.0% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 36.7 shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Gonzaga has been led by Przemek Karnowski (14.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 apg), Zach Collins (14.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), Nigel Williams-Goss (12.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.7 apg), and Jordan Matthews (11.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.7 apg). Defensively, Gonzaga is holding their opponents to an average of 62.3 ppg on 36.1% shooting. Gonzaga currently ranks 35th in the country in rebound margin at 10.0 and have done a great job forcing turnovers as the Bulldogs have a turnover margin of 5.0.

Quinnipiac vs. Gonzaga - 11/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Quinnipiac Bobcats dropped to 0-2 on the season after being defeated by the Columbia Lions, 86-78, this past Monday. Quinnipiac was down by a 48-30 margin at halftime and couldn’t get within 8-points in the 2nd half in the loss. Quinnipiac struggled offensively as the Bobcats shot just 32.4% from the field and 30.0% (9-30) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Abdulai Bundu who had 13 points and 9 rebounds. On the season, Quinnipiac is averaging 74.0 ppg on 36.4% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Quinnipiac has been led by Reggie Oliver (13.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), Mikey Dixon (13.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.0 apg), Chaise Daniels (12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg), and Daniel Harris (10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg). Defensively, Quinnipiac is allowing their opponents to average 90.0 ppg on 56.4% shooting from the field. Quinnipiac has struggled down low to begin the season as Bobcats currently have a rebound margin of -6.0 and are averaging just 1.0 bpg.

The Bulldogs are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. The Bobcats are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Gonzaga rolled over Bryant due to their size advantage and as they should have a similar advantage over a Quinnipiac team that finished 9-21 last season and is not projected to be much better this season, I’m taking the Bulldogs to cover this large spread. Take Gonzaga to cover. 

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Gonzaga Bulldogs -24.5

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