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BYU vs. Gonzaga - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Gonzaga at BYU
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Marriott Center
Provo, UT
The Line
Gonzaga Bulldogs -14 -- Over/Under: 165.5
TV Channel
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D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the BYU Cougars meet in WCC college basketball action from the Marriott Center on Thursday night.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs will look to build on their solid 10-game winning streak after a 98-39 rout of Santa Clara in their last outing. Josh Perkins led the ‘Zags with 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 8 assists while Rui Hachimura and Zach Norvell Jr. each had 16 points with Hachimura adding 6 rebounds and 4 assists while shooting 6 of 7 from the floor and Norvell Jr. added 3 threes, a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Corey Kispert added 13 points with 3 threes while Brandon Clarke and Filip Petrusev each had 12 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Gonzaga in the win with Clarke shooting 6 of 11 with 6 rebounds while Petrusev went 3 of 5 with a 6 of 6 mark from the foul line in just 14 minutes on the floor. Geno Crandall added 8 points and 5 assists while Killian Tillie had 7 rebounds as well. Hachimura leads Gonzaga in scoring with 19.9 points per game while Clarke leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game and Perkins leads the ‘Zags in assists with 6.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Gonzaga is averaging the most points per game in the country with the highest field goal percentage in the nation, averaging 91.4 points per game on 52.4% shooting from the floor. The Bulldogs are also shooting 36.6% from behind the arc and 75.6% from the foul line this season.

The BYU Cougars will look to stay hot after a 71-66 win over Saint Mary’s in their last outing. Yoeli Childs led the Cougars with 23 points on 10 of 24 shooting with 11 rebounds and a apair of blocks for the double-double while TJ Haws added 17 points and a team-high 7 assists. Gavin Baxter added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for BYU in the winning effort. Childs leads BYU with an average of 22.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while Haws is the Cougars’ leading assist man with 5.2 assists per game this season. As a team, BYU is averaging 82 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field, 32.2% from behind the 3-point line and 73.3% from the foul line this season.

Gonzaga is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. BYU is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. Gonzaga is 11-5-2 ATS in the last 18 meetings between these two teams and 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams at BYU.

This seems like a lot of points to lay on the road on the surface. However, Gonzaga has had BYU’s number, both overall and at the Marriott Center and are 1.5 games clear of 2nd place in the WCC standings right now. To put that into perspective, Gonzaga is 6-0 in conference play with an average margin of victory of 31.1 points per game. That’s downright insane. BYU has had issues keeping points off of the board and haven’t had much luck ATS when it comes to above average opposition, so I’ll lay the points with Gonzaga in what could get very ugly by the end of the game.

Gonzaga -14

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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