Washington Huskies (6-2) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 5, 2018, 11:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -15 -- Over/Under: 157
The Washington Huskies will travel to the McCarthey Athletic Center to take on the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Washington Huskies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-2 on the season after defeating the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 67-63, this past Sunday. Washington held a lead for the majority of the game, however, didn’t pull away for the victory until two Jaylen Nowell FT’s gave the Huskies a two-possession lead with just 7 seconds left in regulation. Washington shot 42.0% from the field and forced 17 UC Santa Barbara turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Noah Dickerson who had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal.
On the season, Washington is averaging 71.8 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 31.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, the Huskies have been led by Jaylen Nowell (18.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.1 apg), Noah Dickerson (17.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.0 spg), David Crisp (9.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and Nahziah Carter (8.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg).
Defensively, Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 66.4 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 0.3 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
The top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs continued their early season dominance and improved to 8-0 on the season after an impressive 103-92 road victory over the Creighton Blue Jays this past Saturday. Gonzaga went into halftime trailing by a 48-41 margin, however, had their way offensively in the 2nd half against the Blue Jays and pulled away after taking a 90-78 lead with 3:44 left in regulation. Gonzaga shot 52.2% from the field and outrebounded Creighton by a 41-33 margin in the victory.
On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 98.4 ppg on 54.2% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 38.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, the Bulldogs have been led by Rui Hachimura (21.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.5 apg), Zach Norvell Jr. (18.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg), Brandon Clarke (17.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 3.9 bpg), and Josh Perkins (11.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 8.6 apg, 1.6 spg).
Defensively, Gonzaga is allowing their opponents to average 76.0 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 7.1 and a turnover margin of 1.5.
The Huskies are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games vs. WCC opponents. The Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Pac-12 opponents.
Washington has enough talent this season to make a run at the NCAA Tournament however, it’s going to be hard for the Huskies to keep pace with the Bulldogs with a scoring offense that ranks just 245th in scoring offense, 200th in FG%, and 266th in 3P-FG%. Gonzaga comes into this game ranked 2nd in scoring offense and 1st in FG% and as they won at least 23 points in their 4 home games this season, I think the Bulldogs will do enough to cover this large double-digit spread.