Gonzaga vs. West Virginia - 3/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (28-8) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (34-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3:33 pm (SAP Center)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -3 -- Over/Under: 146.5 See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Thursday in NCAA college basketball tournament action in the Sweet Sixteen, the West Virginia Mountaineers will be taking on the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
West Virginia enters this game with a 28-8 record on the year. The Mountaineers ended the regular season with a six-point loss to Iowa State, but since have taken care of business in the tournament against Bucknell in the first round and Notre Dame in the second.
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Heading up the offense for West Virginia this season is Jevon Carter, with 13.0 PPG and 5.0 RPG. Also in double-digits for the Mountaineers is Esa Ahmad (11.3 PPG; 4.3 RPG), while Nathan Adrian (9.9 PPG) and Tarik Phillip (9.5 PPG) are close to that threshold.
Over on the Gonzaga side, they’re sitting at 34-1 on the season overall. The Bulldogs entered the NCAA Tournament with three straight wins, then took out South Dakota State in the first round and Northwestern in the second round on Saturday.
Leading the way in scoring for Gonzaga this year are Nigel Williams-Goss (16.6 PPG; 5.8 RPG; 4.8 APG) and Przemek Kanowski (12.5 PPG: 5.9 RPG). Also in double-figures for the Bulldogs are Jordan Matthews (10.6 PPG), Zach Collins (10.2 PPG; 5.7 RPG) and Johnathan Williams (10.0 PPG; 6.7 RPG).
West Virginia is 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win, and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. West Virginia is also 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral-site games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the West Coast.
Meanwhile, Gonzaga is 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games, and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS loss. Gonzaga is also 9-3 ATS in their last 11 versus the Big 12, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven non-conference games.
West Virginia likely busted a lot of brackets with that second-round win, but the Mountaineers get a lot of credit for keeping a talented Irish team at bay. Although they don’t really have any shut-down scorers or rebounders, West Virginia does have a pretty well-rounded group of guys who can hang with just about anybody in college basketball when their defense is on point. Gonzaga is one of the best teams still left in this tournament (maybe the best, by some standards, now that Villanova is gone), but I’m going to pick the Mountaineers to cover in this one.