Bulldogs vs. Cougars Prediction

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. BYU Cougars 1/31/19, Prediction & Odds

The fourth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs have reeled off 10 wins in a row heading into tonight's road matchup at the Brigham Young Cougars. Can Gonzaga push its win streak to 11 in a tough road environment while also covering the spread?

Game Snapshot

653 Gonzaga Bulldogs at 654 BYU Cougars

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Marriott Center at 11PM ET

TV: ESPN2

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Public Betting Information

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bulldogs are a 14.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 161 points. As of Thursday afternoon, 81 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Gonzaga. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest information.

Bulldogs blow out Broncos

Gonzaga dominated to the tune of 98-39 Thursday night at Santa Clara to improve to 19-2 overall and 6-0 in the West Coast Conference. The Bulldogs raced out to a 53-17 halftime advantage on its way to the rout. Josh Perkins led a balanced scoring effort with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting including 2-of-6 from 3-point range plus 2-of-2 from the free throw line. He also accumulated eight assists and three rebounds. Rui Hachimura tallied 16 points, six boards, four assists and two steals. Zach Norvell Jr. registered 16 points, eight rebounds and three dimes. Corey Kispert notched 13 points and two boards. Brandon Clarke had 12 points, six caroms and two blocked shots. Filip Petrusev added 12 points and four rebounds off the bench. Gonzaga shot 36-of-70 from the field, 10-of-27 from 3-point distance and 16-of-19 from the free throw line.

Cougars secure win over Gaels

Brigham Young earned a 71-66 home victory Thursday night over St. Mary's to improve to 13-9 overall and 5-2 in conference play. The Cougars led 33-26 at halftime and held on from there. Brigham Young shot 27-of-59 from the floor, 4-of-14 from 3-point distance and 13-of-21 at the free throw line. Yoeli Childs paced BYU with 23 points on 10-of-23 shooting including 2-of-4 from 3-point distance plus 2-of-3 at the free throw line. He also registered 11 rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. T.J. Haws notched 17 points, seven assists, two boards and two steals. Gavin Baxter added 10 points, five caroms and two blocks off the bench.

College Basketball Betting Trends

Gonzaga

The Bulldogs are 14-6 ATS this season. Gonzaga is 13-5 ATS as a favorite this season.

BYU

The Cougars are 6-15 ATS as an underdog the last three seasons. Brigham Young is 159-121 ATS in all home games the last three seasons.

Prediction:

Gonzaga has the top-ranked offense in terms of adjusted efficiency in the country, but lags back at 47th in defense. Luckily, its offense is so good it bails them out almost every time and lackluster competition has also played a big factor over the last month-plus. Brigham Young has a fairly strong offense and loves to play at a fast pace, so it should be able to stay with Gonzaga for a while. But eventually, the defensive deficiencies of the Cougars are likely to catch up and I see another easy win for the Bulldogs in the cards.

 

NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: GONZAGA BULLDOGS -14.5

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