Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Pacific Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/4/14
Pacific Tigers (9-4) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pacific Tigers face the top 25 Gonzaga Bulldogs at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Pacific has a nice offense to compete on the scoreboard with other teams in the West Coast but their defense has been scored on which might be an issue sooner or later. Everything was an issue in a 72-64 loss at conference rival Portland with 33% shooting putting their backs against the wall with the Pilots 43% being a winning number despite 17 more looks at the basket. Sama Taku tossed in a game high 19 points followed by a 15 point, nine rebound performance from Trevin Harris while Ross Rivera netted 12 points.
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Since falling to Kansas State, Gonzaga has looked impressive in winning three straight after throttling visiting Saint Mary's 73-51. The Bulldogs have denerally been strong at both ends of the floor and that trend continued against the Gaels with a 14 point lead at the break growing until the final buzzer. The Zags connected at 49% including 9-19 from long range while the Gaels were held to only 32% and 1-12 on threes. Przemek Karnowski and Kevin Pangos paced the offense with 15 points each with a combined 17 rebounds with Karnowski recording seven blocks. Angel Nunez followed with 13 points and another eight boards while Kyle Dranginis and Drew Parham added 12 and nine points.
I think this game boils down to whether Gonzaga has a let down after crushing their biggest conference rivals. This is a big spread against a decent team and we're asking the Bulldogs to cover another big number...