Gonzaga vs. Texas - 11/26/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Longhorns (4-1) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (4-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Moda Center at the Rose Quarter)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
A pair of 4-1 teams go head-to-head as part of the PK80 tournament on Sunday afternoon, as the Texas Longhorns lock up with the #17 Gonzaga Bulldogs in a college basketball matchup.
The Texas Longhorns will try to bounce back from their first loss of the season, an 85-78 loss to top-ranked Duke in overtime. Dylan Osetkowski led the team with 19 points on 9 of 20 shooting with 7 rebounds, 5 assists and a pair of steals. Kerwin Roach II came 2nd with 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting while Andrew Jones added 16 points and a team-high 6 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for Texas in the loss. Mohamed Bamba fell one point shy of a double-double with 9 points, 10 boards and a pair of Blocks in the losing effort. Jones leads the team in scoring with 14.2 points per game while Osetkowski is the team’s top rebounder with 8.2 boards per game and Matt Coleman is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas is scoring 80.4 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 26.5% from behind the arc and 64.2% from the foul line this season.
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The #17 Gonzaga Bulldogs will also be looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season, a 111-105 double overtime loss to Florida last time out. Johnathan Williams led the way with 39 points on 16 of 22 shooting with 12 rebounds and a pair of blocks for the double-double. Killian Tillie and Josh Perkins each added 17 points, with Tillie going 5 for 8 with a pair of threes, while Perkins added 3 triples, 7 boards and a team-high 7 assists. Corey Kispert chipped in 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 3 threes, while Silas Melson added 12 points and 5 assists to round out the scoring in double-digits for the Bulldogs in the loss. Williams is the team’s leading scorer with 18.6 points per game, while Tillie leads the way in rebounds with 8.2 boards per game and Perkins is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Gonzaga is scoring 94.6 points per game, the 9th-most in the country, on 50.9% shooting from the field, 38.8% from behind the arc and 72.6% from the foul line this season.
Texas is 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 4-10-1 ATS in their last 15 neutral site games while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 games following a loss. Gonzaga is 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games against the Big 12 while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 non-conference games.
The Longhorns were impressive in giving the Blue Devils all they could handle, but I’m not sure how they’ll fare against an equally dynamic offense like the one Gonzaga has. I won’t lie, I thought Gonzaga lost a step after losing so much from last year’s team, but Williams has helped carry the offensive torch for the ‘Zags. All in all, when push comes to shove, I’d probably back the Longhorns with more points. However, with the line as low as it is, I’ll lay the bucket with Gonzaga in what should be a very entertaining affair.