Gonzaga vs. San Diego Pick
No. 1 Gonzaga finds itself as a sizable road favorite tonight at 10PM ET when it faces San Diego. Can the Zags cover?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Gonzaga is the clear favorite on the road, as the Bulldogs are getting odds of -23 points against San Diego. The over/under total for the game is listed at 136.5 points. Gonzaga won the first meeting at home on Jan. 26, 79-43. The Zags have covered the spread in five straight meetings with San Diego.
Gonzaga is a perfect 28-0 on the season and 16-0 in the West Coast Conference. They had a streak of seven straight games without failing to cover this weekend in an 82-61 win at home in which it was a 30.5-point favorite. Gonzaga is now 19-5-1 against the spread for the season, including 9-3-1 ATS on the road. Zaga averages 85.4 points per game on offense while allowing 61.7 on defense. Nigel Williams-Gross is averaging 16.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest to lead the team while Przemek Karnowski is adding 12.8 points per contest.
San Diego is coming off a 60-58 OT win at Santa Clara to snap a five-game losing streak. The Toreros are now 12-16 overall and 5-11 in the West Coast Conference. They have covered the spread in three of their last four games to move to 16-8 against the spread. San Diego is averaging just 64.5 points per game on offense while allowing 69.7 on defense. Brett Bailey is leading the team with 15.9 points and 7 rebounds per game this season while Olin Carter III is adding 15.2 points per contest.
Gonzaga is a hard team to pass up, but giving up 23 points on the road seems like a tall task against anyone. A lot of things can happen in a game to prevent a team by such a large margin. The last three times Gonzaga has failed to cover it was with a spread over 20 points. While San Diego is 4-7 against the spread at home this season, I think that has only helped them for this game, as the spread is probably larger than it should be.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: SAN DIEGO +23