Gonzaga vs. Duke - 3/29/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Duke Blue Devils (32-4) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (35-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 5:05 pm (NRG Stadium)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Duke Blue Devils meet Sunday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have won six straight and are coming off a win over UCLA. On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 78.6 points on 51.8 percent shooting and is allowing 61.7 points on 39.3 percent shooting. Kyle Wiltjer is averaging 17.1 points and 6.1 rebounds while Kevin Pangos is averaging 11.8 points and 4.9 assists. Przemek Karnowski is grabbing 5.7 rebounds and Byron Wesley is dishing 2.3 assists. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 41 percent from deep. Defensively, Gonzaga is allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 68 or more points in five of its last seven games.
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The Duke Blue Devils have lost once since February and are coming off a win over Utah. On the season, Duke is averaging 79.9 points on 50.5 percent shooting and is allowing 64.6 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Jahlil Okafor is averaging 18.1 points and 8.7 rebounds while Quinn Cook is averaging 15.8 points and 2.7 assists. Justise Winslow is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Tyus Jones is dishing 5.8 assists. The Duke Blue Devils have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.9 percent from the line and 38.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Duke is allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 57 or less points in four of its last five games.
The Bulldogs are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic Coast and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blue Devils are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Duke is playing its best basketball of the season right now and looks like a team that could win the championship. While Gonzaga is expereinced and won't back down from this moment, I'm not sure the Bulldogs have an answer for all of the Blue Devils offensive weapons. I just can't pick against Duke with the way its playing right now. Look for the Blue Devils to go back to the Final Four.