Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Brigham Young Cougars - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Brigham Young Cougars - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by

Brigham Young Cougars at Gonzaga Bulldogs

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00 PM (Mccarthey Athletic Center)

The BYU Cougars travel to the McCarthey Athletic Center to take on the best team in their conference and one of the best teams in the country, the Gonzaga Bulldogs.  BYU has had an offensive explosion as of late, scoring over 90 points in their last two games and winning both by 20+ points. The most recent BYU win was over San Diego, winning 93-70 to improve their record on the season to 14-5. Gonzaga has won their last eleven games and scored 104 points in their last game, beating Santa Clara 104-54 to improve their record to 19-1 on the season. 

Gonzaga has the best offense in the NCAA to this point in the season averaging 88.7 points per game while shooting 50% from the field and 38.5% from the three-point line. Leading the Gonzaga offense is sophomore forward Filip Petrusev who averages 16.7 points per game while adding a team-high in rebounds with 7.9 per game. Junior forward Corey Kispert adds 14.2 points per game while sophomore guard Joel Ayayi leads the backcourt with 3.6 assists and adds 11.3 points per game. 

BYU also comes in with an excellent offense averaging 79.2 points per game which ranks 29th in college basketball. As a team, BYU shoots 49.3% from the field and 40.7% from three, both of which rank in the top 10 of college basketball. Leading the BYU Cougars is the senior backcourt duo of Jake Toolson and TJ Haws, Toolson averages 14.9 points per game while adding 4.4 assists. Toolson is a sharpshooter, shooting 44.3% from the three-point line. Haws comes in averaging 13.5 points per game and a team-high 5 assists per game. Leading BYU in scoring, but out for this game is senior forward Yoeli Childs who averages 20.9 points per game and leading the team in rebounds with 10.1 per game while shooting an impressive 62.1% from the field.

Both teams boast a solid defense with BYU allowing 66.9 points per game to rank 126th in NCAA while opponents shoot 42.8% from the field and 29.3% from three. Gonzaga opponents score 66.7 points per game to rank 120th in college basketball, while opponents shoot 40.9% from the field and 32.4% from the three-point line.

Both BYU and Gonzaga come in as the best bets in college basketball, with BYU coming in with a 12-6 record ATS while covering the spread in eight of their last nine games. Gonzaga comes in boasting an 11-8-1 record ATS. Final score prediction, Gonzaga dominates the outmatched BYU team missing their best player, winning and covering the spread.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.