San Diego vs. Gonzaga - 12/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Gonzaga Bulldogs (12-1) at San Diego Toreros (7-6)
College Basketball: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Jenny Craig Pavilion)
The Line: San Diego Toreros +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Gonzaga Bulldogs and San Diego Toreros square off Monday night at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have won five straight games and are playing their fourth true road contest. On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 81.8 points on 52 percent shooting and are allowing 62.1 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 17.3 points and 5.1 rebounds while Byron Wesley is averaging 12 points and 5.7 rebounds. Kevin Pangos is averaging 5.1 assists and Przemek Karnowski is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are one of the most balanced teams in the country, which includes an offense that has five players averaging double-digit points while they’re shooting 72.3 percent from the free throw line and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Gonzaga is forcing 13 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 30.6 percent from deep.
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The San Diego Toreros have won three of their last four games and are playing their second ranked opponent. On the season, San Diego is averaging 70.1 points on 45.6 percent shooting and is allowing 65.1 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Johnny Dee is averaging 18.8 points and 4.2 rebounds while Christopher Anderson is averaging 9.3 points and 7.2 assists. Thomas Jacobs is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Jito Kok is shooting 40 percent from the field. The San Diego Toreros are also a decent offensive team that has six players averaging at least five points while they’re shooting 68.2 percent from the line and 37.9 percent from deep. Defensively, San Diego is forcing 13.7 turnovers and allowing 35.1 percent from downtown.
The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Toreros are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. West Coast. The Bulldogs are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Gonzaga is coming off a tough road game against BYU and now has to play an above-average San Diego team. I expect another close game here and the Toreros will keep things close. Give me the points and the home team.