San Francisco vs. Gonzaga - 3/9/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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San Francisco Dons (22-11) at Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-2)
College Basketball: Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Gonzaga Bulldogs -13 -- Over/Under: 153
The San Francisco Dons (22-11, 9-7 CONF) and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-2, 15-1 CONF) will meet on Monday, March 9th for the Semifinal of the West Coast Conference Tournament. The game will be played at a neutral site location at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The game will be played at 9:00 PM eastern time.
San Francisco completed the minor upset win over Pacific in their last game, 72-54. San Francisco has now won two games in this WCC tournament, as they will look to take down the #2 team in the country in Gonzaga. Gonzaga ended their regular season with an 86-76 home win over Saint Mary's on February 29th. It has been quite a while since Gonzaga has last played, so it will be interesting to see if they will be able to get off to a hot start.
San Francisco scores 74.8 points per game on 44.1 percent field goal shooting this season. San Francisco's leading scorer is G Charles Minlend, who scores 14.3 points per game. The leading rebounder for San Francisco is C Jimbo Lull, who earns 7.7 rebounds per game. San Francisco allows 68.4 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +6.4 scoring differential so far this season. San Francisco also earns 36.5 rebounds, 12.1 assists, 3.1 blocks, and 7.1 steals per game as a team.
Gonzaga scores 87.7 points per game on 51.5 percent field goal shooting this season. Gonzaga's leading scorer and rebounder is Filip Petrusev, who scores 17.8 points per game and earns 7.8 rebounds per game. Gonzaga allows 67.6 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +20.1 scoring differential so far this season. Gonzaga also earns 40.4 rebounds, 17.1 assists, 3.9 blocks, and 7.5 steals per game as a team.
San Francisco is 14-17-1 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. San Francisco is also 2-0 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season. Gonzaga is 16-14-1 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Gonzaga is also 0-2-1 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season.
Gonzaga should almost certainly win this game, but I worry that a slow-start may be what we see at first. Gonzaga not playing in over a week does may me want to side with San Francisco, as even though they may be feeling it later in the game, I like them to get off to a hot start and drain some early shots enough to catch a cover. I will take San Francisco and the 13 points.