Waves vs. Bulldogs Prediction
A huge spread line awaits the second-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs tonight as they host the Pepperdine Waves. Can Gonzaga win by enough to cover the big number?
Thursday, February 21, 2019
McCarthey Athletic Center at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bulldogs are a 27.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 156 points. As of Thursday morning, 58 percent of public bets are being placed on host Gonzaga. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Waves fall short at Gaels
Pepperdine lost by a count of 72-65 Saturday night at Saint Mary's to drop to 12-15 overall and 5-8 in the West Coast Conference. The Waves fell behind 33-20 at halftime en route to the defeat. Pepperdine shot 22-of-49 from the floor, 8-of-21 on 3-point attempts and 13-of-14 at the free throw line. Colbey Ross led the Waves with 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting including 3-of-5 from 3-point range plus 7-of-8 at the free throw line. He also recorded five assists and two steals. Jade' Smith tallied 13 points, five boards, four steals and three assists. Kessler Edwards accounted for 12 points and nine caroms. Darnell Dunn added 11 points and three rebounds.
Zags win 16th straight
Gonzaga continued its assault through WCC play Saturday night with a 79-67 victory at San Diego to improve to 25-2 overall and 12-0 in conference play. Rui Hachimura paced the Bulldogs with 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting plus 2-of-2 at the free throw line. He also grabbed 10 rebounds. Zach Norvell Jr. had 18 points and three caroms. Josh Perkins tallied 15 points, nine assists, four boards and two steals. Brandon Clarke added 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Gonzaga shot 32-of-55 from the field, 3-of-14 on 3-point tries and 12-of-14 at the free throw line. The Bulldogs outscored the hosts 49-37 in the second half to post the win.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Waves are 21-10 ATS in their last 31 games overall. Pepperdine is 4-14-1 ATS in its last 19 meetings at Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games. Gonzaga is 5-2 ATS in its last seven Thusrday games.
Pepperdine hasn't lost a game by more than 15 all season. While the Bulldogs are much better than anyone the Waves have played this season, we must take into account Pepperdine has been competitive in almost all games. While I don't really think this one will stay competitive, there is a big cushion for the Waves to work with and I think they stay within the spread. Gonzaga didn't exactly dominate San Diego and could be starting to go through the motions as it looks ahead to tournament play.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: PEPPERDINE WAVES +27.5