Cougars vs. Bulldogs Prediction
The second-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs are unbeaten in West Coast Conference play and are heavy favorites again tonight at home versus the Brigham Young Cougars. Will two teams that are strong on the offensive end and play at a fast pace lead to the over hitting?
Saturday, February 23, 2019
McCarthey Athletic Center at 10PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bulldogs are a 20-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 156.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 74 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Gonzaga. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Cougars have five-game win streak snapped
Brigham Young lost by a count of 77-71 at home Thursday night versus San Francisco to fall to 18-11 overall and 10-4 in the WCC. The Cougars were outscored 43-33 in the second half of the defeat. Brigham Young shot 23-of-49 from the field, 6-of-19 from 3-point distance and 19-of-26 at the free throw line. Yoeli Childs paced the Cougars with 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting including 1-of-3 from 3-point range plus 5-of-9 at the free throw line. He also accounted for 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. TJ Haws added 25 points and two assists.
Zags race past Waves
Gonzaga dominated to the tune of 92-64 at home Thursday night over Pepperdine to improve to 26-2 overall and 13-0 in conference action. Rui Hachimura led the Bulldogs with 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting including 1-of-1 from 3-point distance plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also notched seven rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Zach Norvell Jr. tallied 21 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds. Brandon Clarke accounted for 16 points, 11 boards and five blocks. Josh Perkins added 10 points, nine assists and three caroms. Gonzaga jumped out to a 53-33 halftime advantage en route to the victory. The Bulldogs shot 37-of-59 fro the field, 8-of-21 from 3-point distance and 10-of-14 at the free throw line.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The under is 5-1 in the last six Cougars road games. The under is 8-2 in the last 10 BYU games overall.
The under is 12-5 in the last 17 Bulldogs games overall. The under is 10-3 in the last 13 Gonzaga home games.
If you expect Gonzaga to win handily, the under might be the way to go. The Bulldogs could ease off the gas pedal in the second half and lengthen their possessions, taking away some points from both teams in the process. I’d rather not take a chance on a backdoor cover by Brigham Young and would rather take the under here as Gonzaga is an unstoppable force right now and I can’t see the Cougars having their usual success on the offensive end. Go with the under.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: BYU COUGARS/GONZAGA BULLDOGS UNDER 156.5