Northwestern vs. Gonzaga Pick

Will Northwestern pull off stunner vs. Gonzaga? NCAA Predictions 3/18/17

Will Northwestern pull off a stunning upset today versus Gonzaga at 5:15PM ET and keep its NCAA tournament dreams alive?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Bulldogs are 11-point favorites versus the Wildcats after opening as a 10.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 135 but has been bet up to 137.5.

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In their first appearance in the NCAA tournament, the Wildcats produced a memorable victory thanks to a mistake by Vanderbilt that put Bryant McIntosh at the line in the closing seconds. The mistake by Matthew Fisher-Davis, who fouled McIntosh believing that's what his coach wanted him to do, led to Northwestern's 68-66 victory on Thursday. After covering as a 2-point underdog, the Wildcats are now 5-2 at the betting window in their last seven games.

Gonzaga didn't need a controversial ending to beat South Dakota State 66-46 in the opening round of the tournament, although the Bulldogs failed to cover as a 23-point favorite. The Bulldogs are now 9-1 over their last 10 games and 6-4 against the spread during that stretch.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Wildcats may not pull off a stunner today, but they're still a good bet to cover. They're 6-1 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, are 4-1 against the number in their last five neutral site games, and are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games as an underdog. Even though they're an 8-seed, the Wildcats might be the closest thing to a Cinderella in this year's tournament, outside of USC. They'll fight to the bitter end this evening so take the points.

MARCH MADNESS PREDICTION: NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS +11

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