Waves vs. Bulldogs Prediction
The top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs will be in action in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals tonight against the Pepperdine Waves. Can Gonzaga cover the big spread or will Pepperdine stay within the number?
Monday, March 11, 2019
Orleans Arena at 9PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Bulldogs are a 23.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 156.5 points. As of Monday afternoon, 71 percent of public bets are pouring in on Gonzaga. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Waves race past Dons
Pepperdine took down San Francisco by a count of 89-72 Sunday to advance to the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals. The Waves (16-17) led 42-34 at halftime and pulled away after the break. Pepperdine shot 28-of-57 from the floor, 14-of-28 from 3-point range plus 19-of-25 at the free throw line. Colbey Ross led the Waves with 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting including 4-of-7 from 3-point distance plus 8-of-9 at the charity stripe. He also contributed nine assists and five rebounds. Kessler Edwards had 14 points, seven boards and two assists. Eric Cooper Jr. tallied 13 points, five rebounds and two steals. Darnell Dunn accounted for 12 points and seven caroms. Darryl Polk Jr. added 11 points and two assists off the bench.
Zags win 20th straight
Gonzaga completed the regular season with its 20th consecutive win Saturday night by a score of 69-55 at St. Mary's. The Bulldogs (29-2, 16-0) outscored the Gaels 33-21 in the second half to pull away. Gonzaga shot 28-of-53 from the floor, 2-of-14 from 3-point range plus 11-of-12 at the free throw line. Josh Perkins led the Zags with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting plus 5-of-5 at the free throw line. He also registered two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Rui Hachimura recorded 17 points, eight boards and two steals. Brandon Clarke added 15 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Waves are 4-0 ATS in their last four neutral site games. Pepperpine is 18-7 ATS in its last 25 WCC games.
The favorite is 24-9-3 ATS in the last 36 meetings. Gonzaga is 27-10-3 ATS in the last 40 meetings.
Another huge spread for the Bulldogs to conquer. What's new? While Gonzaga will have fresher legs, the Waves have a game under their belt in this arena and might have a better feel for the shooting dimensions and backdrop. That isn't to say Gonzaga won't win handily, but considering it defeated Pepperdine 92-64 at home I think that can be trimmed to 23 or less in this situation. The Bulldogs know they will have another big game on tap tomorrow, so the backdoor cover in order to save legs is also a possibility.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: PEPPERDINE WAVES +23.5