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Gonzaga vs BYU Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds
Bulldogs vs Cougars Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Gonzaga Bulldogs at BYU Cougars
- Where: Provo at Marriott Center
- Date: Thursday, January 12th
- Betting Odds: Gonzaga -6.5, GNZG -284 | BYU +226 O/U 151.0
Gonzaga heads into this matchup having played 17 games and have an overall record sitting at 14-3. On the road, the Bulldogs will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 3-1. This season, Gonzaga has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 12-2. For today’s contest, Gonzaga has a betting line set -6.5 points in their favor.
Drew Timme comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 21.82 points per contest. Not only has Timme been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Gonzaga’s top rebounder at 7.94 boards per contest. Behind Timme, the team has benefited from the strong play of Julian Strawther, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.94 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.2% of his shots and is adding 7.29 boards per game.
Through 17 games, Gonzaga has been playing well on offense, averaging 87.8 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Bulldogs’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 37.9% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 8.38 made 3’s per contest.
The BYU Cougars head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 13-6. Currently, the Cougars have been the home team 15 times, sitting with a record of 11-4. So far, the Cougars have been the underdog 6 times, going 3-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.
BYU’s leading scorer this season is Rudi Williams, who is averaging 12.32 points per contest. So far, Williams has accounted for 16.53% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.79 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists. Fousseyni Traore is the second leading scorer for the Cougars, averaging 12.78 points per game. Between him and Traore, they are accounting for 32.8% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, BYU is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.7 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 19 games, they have only hit 35.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 37.13% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: BYU Cougars +6.5
Heading into this matchup between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and BYU Cougars we have a strong lean on taking the points with BYU at +6.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for BYU to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the BYU Cougars at +6.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.