The Gonzaga Bulldogs are going to have a hard time of it making the NCAA tournament as an-large contestant if they cannot capture the tournament title in the West Coast Conference. Currently they are tied for the lead with the Saint Mary’s Gaels, who beat them on Saturday, completing a sweep for the first time in 21 years. Poor shooting did Gonzaga in, and they hope to remedy that against a rather punchless San Diego Toreros squad which is coming off a supreme humiliation. Game time at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego is 10 PM ET, and BetAnySports customers love the opportunity to place wagers on the game even after the opening tipoff, as they take advantage of state-of-the-art software available through Live Betting Extra.
Gonzaga has 21-7 straight-up record, and they have been a perennial participant in the Big Dance, but that is in danger this season. The funny thing is, this was supposed to be one of the better teams Mark Few has had in Spokane. Here is a club that has so much size up front, but they managed to shoot just 36% against Saint Mary’s. This club does not have a strong non-conference resume, so it goes without saying that if they want to have any chance to make it to the post-season, they will either have to win the conference tournament or, at the very least, get to the finals there and, of course, win these last couple of regular-season games, noting that a trip to BYU is on the horizon.
In the college basketball betting odds that have been established on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, Gonzaga is favored by more than “two touchdowns”:
Gonzaga Bulldogs -14.5 San Diego Toreros +14.5
Over 133 points -110 Under 133 points -110
Certainly Gonzaga is not a lock to make it into the tournament, and if they don’t, it will spoil the storyline for their reality show that is currently on the premium channel Showtime. But that’s the way it has gone for a team that was ranked in the Top 10 at the season’s start, but has been something of a disappointment. It is unusual that a team can put three players on the floor at the same time who are 6-10 or taller, but the Bulldogs can do exactly that, We could certainly expect more in this game from twin towers Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis, who both offered letdowns last Saturday.
The word “disappointing” is not enough to describe the way San Diego played on Saturday against BYU. They scored only 11 points in the first half on the way to a 91-33 loss, which constituted their worst the since joining Division I basketball. They were an incredible 0-for-20 from three-point range. The awful thing was that this was just two nights after taking BYU right down to the wire and losing by two points, so obviously BetAnySports patrons know that they are capable of better efforts.
Still, this is a team that is right near the bottom when it comes to scoring. And they are shooting just 39% as a team. Their leading point-getter is Duda Sanadze, who has averaged only 11.7 per contest.
Gonzaga has won 36 out of the last 39 meetings between these two squads, including a thorough beatdown on January 16 in Spokane, where they cruised to an 88-52 victory. They were dominant on the boards, with a 46-29 edge. if it’s technical trends you are looking for, San Diego has dropped five of its last six games against the basketball pointspread after a straight-up loss of more than 20 points. The only worry you would have the Bulldogs is whether they are focused here, but last weekend’s loss seems to ensure an honest effort.
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