Gonzaga vs. Pacific - 1/25/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Pacific Tigers (15-7) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (20-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -19.5 -- Over/Under: 142.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Pacific Tigers will travel to the McCarthey Athletic Center to take on the 2nd ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Pacific Tigers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 15-7 (3-3 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the BYU Cougars, 74-60, this past Thursday. Pacific struggled defensively against the Cougars and couldn’t fight back after a 21-0 BYU run gave the Cougars a 72-53 lead with 3:40 left in regulation. Pacific shot just 23.1% from beyond the arc while allowing BYU to shoot 54.0% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jahlil Tripp who had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals.
On the season, Pacific is averaging 71.1 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Pacific has been led by Jahlil Tripp (15.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Justin Moore (9.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 apg), and Gary Chivichyan (9.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg).
Defensively, Pacific is holding their opponents to an average of 64.2 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 9.0 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The 2nd ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs won their 12th straight game and improved to 20-1 (6-0 WCC) on the season after defeating the BYU Cougars, 92-69, this past Saturday. Gonzaga led by a 38-31 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 71-55 lead with 7:21 left in regulation. Gonzaga shot 56.1% from the field and outrebounded the Cougars by a 37-21 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Killian Tillie who had a double-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal.
On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 88.8 ppg on 50.6% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 38.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Gonzaga has been led by Filip Petrusev (16.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 bpg), Corey Kispert (14.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Killian Tillie (12.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Gonzaga is allowing their opponents to average 66.8 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 10.0 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
The Tigers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss. The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games.
Pacific currently ranks 189th in scoring offense, 59th in scoring defense, and 8th in rebound margin.
Gonzaga comes into this game as one of the best offensive teams in the country as they currently rank 1st in scoring offense, 4th in FG%, and 14th in 3P-FG%.
Pacific has picked up some nice wins in conference play (Saint Mary’s & Pepperdine) however, it’s been a struggle as of late for the Tigers as they’ve lost three of their last four games. Gonzaga has won their last 4 games by an average of 35.5 ppg and as they’ve defeated Pacific by an average of 32.0 ppg in their last three home games agianst the Tigers, I’m going to take Gonzaga to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!