The West Coast Conference consistently produces some terrific NCAA basketball teams, and that is the case once again this season. The BYU Cougars and Gonzaga Bulldogs are two of these teams, and they are set to meet up on Saturday night.
BYU is trying to build its NCAA Tournament resume, while No. 1 Gonzaga is playing for the number one overall seed.
Gonzaga comes into this game with an overall record of 19-1, and it has yet to lose a conference game. BYU is 14-5 so far this season, and it has gone 3-1 so far in West Coast Conference play.
William Hill has the Gonzaga Bulldogs as 12.5-point favorites over the BYU Cougars in this matchup.
Brigham Young Cougars at Gonzaga Bulldogs Game Overview
Gonzaga is the second-highest scoring team in college basketball this season, averaging close to 89 points per game. The Bulldogs have a completely different roster this season, but they are once again loaded with talent.
Forward Filip Petrusev leads the team with 16.7 points per game, but he has gotten plenty of help this season.
The Bulldogs are also solid on the defensive end of the floor, allowing less than 67 points per game. Gonzaga can win games in a variety of ways and is nearly unbeatable at home.
BYU can also score points on the offensive end of the floor, as they are averaging close to 80 points per game this season.
The Cougars are led by forward Yoeli Childs, who is scoring over 20 points per game this season. Childs is a bonafide star in college basketball, but he is going to need some help.
The Cougars are going to have to stay in this game with their defense, and that has been a strength for them this season. BYU is allowing less than 67 points per game this season, but this will be a huge test.
Brigham Young Cougars at Gonzaga Bulldogs Free Game Prediction
The Cougars might be the biggest challenger to Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference this season, but there is still a huge gap between the two teams.
Gonzaga is finally starting to get fully healthy, and they have been playing really well of late. Look for this game to be close for a half, but Gonzaga just has too much talent for BYU to hang in it for 40 minutes.
Head to William Hill and take the Gonzaga Bulldogs -12.5 over the BYU Cougars in this WCC showdown.