Pacific Tigers vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/27/14
Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-6) at Pacific Tigers (14-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Spanos Center)
The Line: Pacific Tigers +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline: Gonzaga hopes to put the brakes on a two-game slide when they visit Pacific Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Zags sit atop the WCC with a 1.5 game lead over second place BYU, dropping to 13-3 after a 69-66 upset loss at San Diego Sunday in which they topped the Toreros from the floor 50.0 percent to 40.4 percent and from outside the arc 46.2 percent to 36.4 percent. The Bulldogs, however, converted 6 of 11 from the free throw line to San Diego’s 23 of 33 and committed 13 turnovers. Senior C Sam Dower had a game-high 18 points and 15 rebounds, sophomore C Przemek Karnowski scored 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting, and junior G Gary Bell added 11 points, including 3 of 5 from downtown. On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 77.5 ppg on 49.7 percent shooting. Dower leads the team with 14.9 ppg, followed by junior G Kevin Pangos at 14.7 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Pacific has lost its last three and fell to 5-8 for 8th place in the conference behind a 64-59 defeat at San Francisco Saturday. The Tigers connected on 24 of 59 from the floor and 4 of 16 from outside the arc to the Dons’ 22 of 46 from the field and 3 of 17 from distance. Pacific edged San Francisco on the boards 34-31 and converted 7 of 8 from the free throw line to the Dons’ 17 of 29. Senior F Tevin Harris scored a team-high 15 points, senior G Sama Taku had 14 points and 6 rebounds, and junior F Gabriel Aguirre added 8 points off the bench. Through 27 games, the Tigers are averaging 73.7 ppg on 44.5 percent shooting. Senior G Andrew Bock leads the team with 11.6 ppg, followed by senior G Tony Gill at 11.4 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -6 for Gonzaga. The Zags battered Pacific 86-64 about 6 weeks ago, stifling the Tigers to a season-low 31.7 percent shooting. Look for the Bulldogs to end their skid and cover.