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Gonzaga vs. Pacific - 12/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pacific Tigers (5-8) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (10-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 9:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)

The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -22 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

We have some West Coast Conference action on the college basketball slate as the Pacific Tigers face off against the #20 Gonzaga Bulldogs. 

The Pacific Tigers will look to start conference play with a big road upset after dropping their last 4 games, including a 104-65 rout at the hands of Arizona State in their last outing. Jack Williams and Miles Reynolds tied for the team lead with 13 points apiece as the only pair of Tigers to finish in double figures scoring in the loss. Williams added 9 rebounds, while Reynolds shot 7 of 9 from the foul line. Jahlil Tripp added 9 points with a pair of steals and 11 rebounds, while Roberto Gallinat added a pair of steals as well as 4 blocks from Namdi Okonkwo. Gallinat leads the team in scoring with 13.7 points per game, while Tripp leads the team with 9.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Pacific is scoring 74.8 points per game on 45.5% shooting from the field, 33.3% from behind the arc and 71.9% from the foul line this season.

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Gonzaga vs. Pacific - 12/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The #20 Gonzaga Bulldogs will look to bounce back from having their 3 game winning streak snapped thanks to a 72-70 loss to San Diego State in their last outing. Zach Norvell led the team with 22 points on 9 of 18 shooting with 4 threes, while Rui Hachimura added 13 points and Johnathan Williams added 12 points with 15 rebounds and 4 blocks to round out the scoring in double figures for the ‘Zags in the loss. Josh Perkins added 5 points and a team-high 7 assists, while Killian Tillie chipped in 4 blocks of his own in the losing effort. Williams leads the team with an average of 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while Perkins is the team’s leading assist man with 5.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Gonzaga is scoring 90.2 points per game, the 8th-most in the country, on 50.7% shooting from the field, 37.4% from behind the arc and 74.3% from the foul line this season.

Pacific is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 conference matchups and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 11-2 in their last 13 road games. Gonzaga is 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 conference matchups and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 home games. Pacific is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 trips to Gonzaga.

Pacific just got their butts handed to them by one of, if not the best offensive team in the country in Arizona State. Now Gonzaga may not be as prolific offensively through the first two months of the year, but the Bulldogs can still light up the scoreboard and have been downright dominant ATS when it comes to playing in conference over the years. I’ll lay the points with Gonzaga in a game that could get ugly.

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