Villanova vs. Gonzaga - 12/5/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Gonzaga Bulldogs (7-1) at Villanova Wildcats (8-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Villanova Wildcats -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
A pair of ranked teams go head-to-head on the hardwood on Tuesday night as the #4 Villanova Wildcats face off against the #15 Gonzaga Bulldogs in a college basketball matchup as part of the Jimmy V Classic from Madison Square Garden.
The #4 Villanova Wildcats will try to remain unbeaten after starting the year 8-0 following a 94-53 romp of St. Joseph’s in their last outing. Mikal Bridges led the team with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 4 threes and 9 rebounds along with a pair of steals. Phil Booth came 2nd with 17 points on 6 of 12 with 4 triples as well, with 8 rebounds and a share of the team lead with 6 assists. Omari Spellman added 16 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 4 triples, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for the double-double, while Jalen Brunson chipped in 14 points with 6 assists of his own. Bridges leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.9 points per game while Spellman is the team’s top rebounder with 7.4 rebounds per game this season and Brunson leads the way in assists with 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Villanova is scoring 86.4 points per game on 50.5% shooting from the field, 40.6% from behind the arc and 77.7% from the foul line this season.
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The #15 Gonzaga Bulldogs will look to add to their current 3-game winning streak following a 91-74 win over Creighton last time out. Killian Tillie led the team with 22 points on 9 of 16 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds along with a pair of steals and 3 blocks. Silas Melson and Zach Norvell came right behind with 21 points apiece, with Melson going 7 of 8 from the floor with 4 triples and 3 steals, while Norvell went 7 for 13 with 4 threes and 6 rebounds. Johnathan Williams added 15 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Zags in the win, while Josh Perkins added 5 points and a team-high 4 assists. Williams leads the team in scoring with an average of 15.9 points per game while Tillie leads the team in rebounding with 6.9 boards per game and Josh Perkins is the team’s leading assist man with 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Gonzaga is scoring the 6th-most points per game with 92.9 per game on 51.2% shooting from the field, 39.7% from behind the 3-point line and 71.6% from the foul line this season.
Villanova is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 44-20-1 ATS in their last 65 non-conference games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games. Gonzaga is 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 games against the Big East and 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Big East.
If this game was at Gonzaga, I’d be all over the points like white on rice. However, the Wildcats have lots of experience playing at MSG, and have been killing it against the spread this season, covering in 6 of their 8 games so far. I like Gonzaga and they’re going to be a tough out come March, but I just like the Wildcats a bit better in this one. While I wouldn’t be surprised if the over hit, I think the better play is to lay the points with Villanova here.