The West Coast Conference may not be the most glamorous in NCAA Basketball odds, but there can be no denying that the Gonzaga Bulldogs (24-1, 12-0) are one of the elite teams in the country right now. There are even some who are suggesting that they should be in the #2 spot over Virginia, but this is a team that really isn’t concerned about that. What they want to do is take care of business in their final few games and go rolling into the tournament.
How To Bet The Bulldogs vs Lions College Hoops Odds & Game InfoDate: February 12th, 2015 9:00PMVenue: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WashingtonSpread: Gonzaga -25
My Game Preview and Betting AnalysisThere is no secret to the success of Gonzaga, and you need only look at their offensive stats to see what that is. They are 7th in the nation in points per game with 80.7, but they also back that up with a .532 average from the field, which is more than enough to rank them first. Leading the offensive charge for the Bulldogs is Kyle Wiltjer, who is averaging 16.4 PPG, which he has achieved with a ridiculous .541 FG%. The Bulldogs are not as gifted on the defensive side of the ball, but they really don’t have to be when they are putting up such solid offensive numbers. That said, they are going to have to find a way to batten down the hatches a little if they want a deep run in the tournament. They have been unstoppable in WCC play this season, and will look to extend their run with a win over Loyola Marymount on Thursday night.The Loyola Marymount Lions (8-17, 4-9) look more like lambs to the slaughter coming into this match-up. In fairness, though, they have been a little more competitive of late, winning back to back games versus Pacific and San Diego before running into a brick wall versus BYU. It’s hard to be among the best when you are only averaging 64.1 PPG. Evan Payne has been excellent for the Lions all year, averaging 17.8 PPG, but it is often a case of him being asked to carry the offense on his own. The next best scorer on the Lions is Marin Mornar with 10.7 PPG, quite a ways off the pace being set by Payne.
Key Betting Trends
- Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Gonzaga’s last 10 games
- Gonzaga is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Loyola Marymount is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
- Loyola Marymount is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Loyola Marymount’s last 5 games
- Loyola Marymount is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home