Gonzaga Bulldogs (21-2) vs. Pepperdine Waves (7-20)
February 16, 2022 11:00 pm EDT
The Line: Pepperdine Waves +29.5 / Gonzaga Bulldogs -29.5 ; Over/Under: -158.5
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Pepperdine Waves meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Firestone Fieldhouse. The Gonzaga Bulldogs look to build on their 14-game winning streak. The Pepperdine Waves need a win after losing 11 of their last 12 games.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are averaging 90 points on 53.6 percent shooting and allowing 64.3 points on 37.1 percent shooting. Drew Timme is averaging 17.7 points and 2.6 assists, while Chet Holmgren is averaging 14.5 points and 9.3 rebounds. Julian Strawther is the third double-digit scorer and Andrew Nembhard is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are allowing 29.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.5 rebounds per game.
The Pepperdine Waves are averaging 68.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 77 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Jan Zidek is averaging 13 points and 3.9 rebounds, while Houston Mallette is averaging 12.4 points and 2 assists. Maxwell Lewis is the third double-digit scorer and Mike Mitchell Jr. is dishing 4.6 assists. The Pepperdine Waves are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Pepperdine Waves are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game.
The Bulldogs are 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Waves are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Bulldogs last 7 overall. The over is 4-1 in Waves last 5 overall. The road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
The Pepperdine Waves will be up for this game at home, but I’m not sure if it matters much when you consider they lose by an average of 8.7 points on the season and are losing their last five games by an average of 14.6 points. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are starting to cover numbers, and they win on the road by an average of 31.7 points. Big number, but I have to side with Gonzaga.