Gonzaga vs. San Francisco - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Francisco Dons (7-9) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -22 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco Dons and Gonzaga Bulldogs play Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The San Francisco Dons have lost four of their last five games and play their first ranked team. On the season, San Francisco is averaging 70.7 points on 46 percent shooting and is allowing 67.5 points on 42 percent shooting. Mark Tollefsen is averaging 15.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while Kruize Pinkins is averaging 15 points and 5.9 rebounds. Tim Derksen is the third player averaging double-digit points and Matt Glover is dishing out 3.3 assists. The San Francisco Dons are a quality offensive team with five players averaging at least six points while they’re shooting 57.7 percent from the free throw line and 38.3 percent from deep. Defensively, San Francisco is forcing 12.5 turnovers and is coming off a game against BYU where it allowed 99 points.
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs have won seven straight games and play for the first time since Dec 15th. On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 80.6 points on 51.7 percent shooting and is allowing 62 points on 39 percent shooting. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 16.5 points and 5.1 rebounds while Kevin Pangos is averaging 12.1 points and five assists. Przemek Karnowski is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Byron Wesley is shooting 50.4 percent from the field. The Gonzaga Bulldogs rely on a defense that’s holding teams to 30.5 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 66 or less points in seven of their last 10 games. Offensively, Gonzaga is shooting 73 percent from the free throw line and 39.3 percent from beyond the arc. Gonzaga hasn’t lost a home game since Dec 8th of 2012 against Illinois.
The Dons are 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 road games and 41-16 ATS in their last 57 vs. West Coast. The Bulldogs are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. West Coast and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Dons are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
While the Dons have owned the Bulldogs ATS over the years, they're not anywhere close to what they've been in the past. We're talking about a San Fran team that just allowed nearly 100 points in its last outing. Give me the home team and the chalk here, as this will be a blow out.