Norfolk State at Gonzaga 3/20/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Gonzaga Bulldogs (26-0) vs Norfolk State Spartans (17-7)
Game Info: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 9:20 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Betting Odds: Gonzaga Bulldogs -34 -- Over/Under: 155.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Norfolk State faces Gonzaga on Saturday, March 20th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for an NCAA Tournament #16 vs. #1 matchup.
Norfolk State defeated App State on Thursday night in the First Four #16 seed play-in game by the score of 54-53. Norfolk State held a 16-point lead at halftime of that game, but in typical March Madness fashion, Appalachian State mounted a huge comeback to take the lead late in the second half. Norfolk State was able to capitalize on a last-minute mistake by App State and find the victory to move on into the Round of 64. Norfolk State is 17-7 and is representing the MEAC conference as its conference winner. Norfolk State's leading scorer this season has been G Devante Carter, who has scored 15.0 points per game for the Spartans. Norfolk State as a team has scored 74.3 points per game, has earned 36.9 rebounds per game, and has allowed 68.5 points per game to its opponents.
Gonzaga is the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament this season and for good reason. The Zags are the only undefeated team left in the nation at 26-0, as the second-highest win percentage comes from the Big South in the form of Winthrop. Gonzaga has had absolutely no problems this season, beating teams like Kansas, Auburn, West Virginia, Iowa, and Virginia in non-conference play, and also taking care of business in WCC play. Gonzaga was given a game by BYU in the conference tournament, but the Bulldogs were able to pull away in the end. Gonzaga's leading scorer is F Corey Kispert, who has scored 19.2 points per game for the Bulldogs. Gonzaga as a team has scored 92.1 points per game, has earned 37.9 rebounds per contest and has earned 69.1 points per game to its opponents as well.
Gonzaga opens as a 34-point favorite and the total is set at 155.5. Gonzaga is going to win this game, the only question is, by how many? I think Norfolk State's offense can at least keep this game respectable, and I do like that the Spartans got their feet wet in NCAA Tourney play on Thursday, and I think they catch a cover here.