Pepperdine at Gonzaga: 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Pepperdine at Gonzaga: 1/8/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-2) vs Pepperdine Waves (6-9)

Game Info: Saturday, January 8, 2022 at 9:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)

Betting Odds: Gonzaga Bulldogs -29.5 -- Over/Under: 154.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Pepperdine Waves and Gonzaga Bulldogs face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at the McCarthey Athletic Center. When these two teams faced off in January of 2021 it was Gonzaga that won 97-75. This a key early conference WCC game, especially 

Pepperdine has really struggled this season sitting with a 6-9 record overall but their last game came on December 23rd. In that game they took on Westmont and the offense was able to find plenty of success scoring 96 points on the way to a victory. Pepperdine is averaging 67.7 points while their defense is giving up 72.9 points per game. Jan Zidek has been the best player for Pepperdine averaging 12.4 points while shooting 39.8 percent from the field and 30.3 percent from behind the three point line. Houston Mallette has been the top player for Pepperdine averaging 11.3 points while shooting 42.2 percent from the field. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Gonzaga Bulldogs who sit with an 11-2 record and they have gone 6-7 against the spread. Gonzaga’s last game was against North Alabama and the offense was elite, scoring 93 points. Gonzaga is one of the top teams in college basketball and the hope is they can run conference play. Gonzaga is averaging 85.6 points while their defense is giving up 62.5 points per game. Forward Drew Timme has been the best player for Gonzaga averaging 16.7 points while shooting 60.9 percent from the field and 20 percent from deep. 

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The under is 11-4 in Pepperdine’s last 15 games. Gonzaga is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games played on Saturday. The over is 36-17 in Gonzaga’s last 53 games played on Saturday. The over is 11-5 in the last 16 meetings in Gonzaga. 

When these two teams have faced off in Gonzaga it has been high scoring, and that is going to be the case again in this game. Look for a fast-paced game and it wouldn’t shock me if Gonzaga made it to 100 points in this game. Back the over to cash with ease.

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