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Gonzaga vs. BYU - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
BYU at Gonzaga
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
McCarthey Athletic Center
Spokane, Washington
The Line
The Line: Gonzaga -20.5 -- Over/Under: 158
TV Channel
ESPN
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The BYU Cougars and Gonzaga Bulldogs meet Saturday in college basketball action at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

The BYU Cougars look for a win after winning nine of their last 12 games. The BYU Cougars are averaging 79.8 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 75.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Yoeli Childs is averaging 21.1 points and 9.6 rebounds while TJ Haws is averaging 17.5 points and 5.2 assists. Jahshire Hardnett is dishing 1.7 assists and Zac Seljaas is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The BYU Cougars are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game. The BYU Cougars have won four of their last five road games.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs look for another victory to build on their 17-game winning streak. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are averaging 90.3 points on 53.1 percent shooting and allowing 65.1 points on 38.4 percent shooting. Rui Hachimura is averaging 20.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while Brandon Clarke is averaging 16.7 points and 1.8 assists. Zach Norvell Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Perkins is grabbing three rebounds. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are allowing 29.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.5 rebounds per game. The Gonzaga Bulldogs haven’t lost a home game since January 18 of last year.

The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games. The Bulldogs are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 home games. The Cougars are 2-5-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the favorite is 14-5-2 ATS in the last 21 meetings. The under is 12-5 in Bulldogs last 17 overall. The under is 8-2 in Cougars last 10 overall.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are just one of those teams that you can blindly back with confidence, as they've won 17 straight, are 12-4 ATS at home, and they're winning by an average of 26.2 points in their last five games and 33.4 points at home this season overall. Gonzaga also abused BYU when these clubs met last month, winning by 30 points and shooting 58.7 percent from the field. All of the numbers indicate taking Gonzaga. However, BYU is playing solid ball in its own right and has the offensive horses to hang around in this game. This is also the time of year where teams dial in and try to get those respectable showings for the tournament committee. I'll take a shot with BYU and the points, as this line seems a little too steep.

Pick:
BYU +20.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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