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Gonzaga vs. Texas Tech - 3/30/19 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas Tech at Gonzaga
Date & Time Saturday March 30, 2019, 6:09 PM (EDT)
Location
Honda Center
Anaheim, CA
The Line
Gonzaga Bulldogs -4.5 -- O/U: 139.5
TV Channel
TBS
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Gonzaga Bulldogs meet in a West region Elite 8 matchup in college basketball action from the Honda Center on Saturday.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to build on a 63-44 beatdown of Michigan in their sweet 16 matchup on Thursday. Jarrett Culver led the Red Raiders with 22 points on 9 of 19 shooting with 4 assists and 3 steals while Davide Moretti added 15 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 3 triples and 4 assists of his own. Matt Mooney chipped in 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Texas Tech in the win, while Tariq Owens added 7 points with a team-high 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Culver leads Texas Tech with an average of 18.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas Tech is averaging 72.9 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 72.8% from the foul line this season. The Red Raiders are also one of the nation’s best defensive units, sitting 3rd in D-I in scoring defense, allowing just 58.7 points per game on 36.7% shooting from the field, the 2nd-lowest field goal percentage against in the country this season.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs punched their ticket to the Elite 8 after a 72-58 win over Florida State in their last outing. Rui Hachimura led the ‘Zags with 17 points while Brandon Clarke added 15 points along with 12 rebounds and 5 blocks for the double-double. Zach Norvell Jr. and Josh Perkins each had 14 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Gonzaga in the win, with Norvell Jr. hitting 4 threes while Perkins added a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals. Hachimura leads Gonzaga in scoring with 19.6 points per game while Clarke leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 8.5 rebounds per game and Perkins leads Gonzaga in assists with 6.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Gonzaga is averaging the most points per game in the country, scoring 88.2 points per game on 52.8% shooting from the field, which also happens to be the best field goal percentage in the nation, along with a 36.6% mark from 3-point range and a 76.1% mark from the foul line this season.

Texas Tech is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 NCAA tournament games. Gonzaga is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games against the Big 12 while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 NCAA tournament games.

I'm tempted to take a shot with Texas Tech and the points given how well the Red Raiders play defense and how they stifled Michigan on Thursday. However, Gonzaga has been rolling over teams left and right, and some pretty good ones at that as well, and are playing like they're taking no prisoners right now. Gonzaga and a reasonable line isn't something you see often and given how the Bulldogs have played up to this point, I think laying the points is the way to go here.

Pick:
Gonzaga -4.5

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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