No. 2 Gonzaga could clinch yet another West Coast Conference regular-season title on Saturday night with a win at Pepperdine and some help elsewhere. The No. 2 Zags are heavy favorites on the Mybookie NCAAB odds to do their part. Let’s see how the College Basketball betting odds will be for the Gonzaga vs Pepperdine.
Gonzaga vs Pepperdine NCAA Basketball Odds & TV Info
- When: Saturday, 10 PM ET
- Where: Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu
- TV: Fox Sports 1
- Opening NCAAB Lines: TBA
Gonzaga vs Pepperdine Season Series
Pepperdine gave the Zags a scare on Jan. 4, losing just 75-70 in Spokane. Killie Tillie scored 20 points and blocked a potential tying shot in the closing seconds. Filip Petrusev scored 16 points and Joel Ayayi had 12 for Gonzaga. Colbey Ross scored 24 points and Kameron Edwards 14 for Pepperdine. The Waves have lost 38 straight games to Gonzaga since their last win in 2002. The game was tied 59-59 at one point.
Why Bet on Gonzaga?
The Zags (25-1, 11-0 WCC) won their 17th game in a row last Saturday at a good Saint Mary’s team, 90-60. Gonzaga made 14 of its first 15 shots to send Saint Mary’s to its worst home loss in 19 years. It was the first meeting between the teams since the Gaels shocked the top-ranked Bulldogs 60-47 in the conference tournament final last March.
The Zags took control with a 22-2 run in the first half. They held the Gaels without a basket for a span of more than seven minutes and missed only one shot of their own in the first 12:35. Killian Tillie missed Gonzaga’s two previous games before returning against Saint Mary’s and went for 19 points on 10 shots in 25 minutes. In his past three full games, he’s averaging 21.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 8-for-13 from 3-point range. Filip Petrusev added 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. SMC.
The Zags are the lone team in the nation to have six players averaging double-digit scoring per game, with a seventh player averaging 9.9 points per outing. The Bulldogs are first in the nation in scoring offense and margin of victory.
Gonzaga has won 17 straight games overall since losing to Michigan on Nov. 29 in the Bahamas and have also won 38 straight regular-season conference games, the longest active streak in the country. The victory also gave the Zags their 13th straight 25-win season. Only Kansas (13), Duke (11) and GU have reached 25 wins in each of the last 11 seasons.
The Zags’ 17 consecutive true road wins is currently the longest active streak in the country. Gonzaga has won 37 straight conference road wins.
Why Bet on Pepperdine?
The Waves are on short rest as they hosted San Diego on Thursday. With three weeks left in the West Coast Conference’s regular season, Pepperdine needs a strong finish to keep its spot in the top half of the standings.
Colbey Ross is on the Lou Henson Award midseason watch list. He is averaging a WCC-best 7.3 assists per game. Nationally, he’s first in total assists and fifth in assists per game. Ross has more career assists than any junior in the country. He owns Pepperdine’s all-time assist record and he will eventually set the all-time scoring record as well.
The trio of Ross (second in the WCC at 19.7 ppg), Kameron Edwards (third at 17.3) and Kessler Edwards (12th at 13.8) has scored 64.0% of the Waves’ points this season. Both Edwards brothers — Kessler (third, 7.5) and Kameron (fifth, 7.0) — are in the top five in the WCC in rebounding. Kessler leads the WCC in blocked shots (1.6). Pepperdine ranks second nationally in free throw percentage at 80.1%. Ross leads the WCC at 86.6% and has made 142 free throws, fourth-most nationally.
If Ross (19.7) and Kameron Edwards keep on their scoring pace, it’ll be the first time that the Waves will have two players average at least 16 ppg in the same season since 2004-05.
The Waves have been without multiple players due to injury or illness 22 times this season, and have been without at least three in 17 consecutive games. Only three players have appeared in every game this season. Jan Zidek (hand) first missed the January 11 San Diego game and has now missed the last 10 overall. Jadé Smith (knee) has missed a total of 18 games, including each of the last 16. Andre Ball (knee) suffered a season-ending injury before the first game.
Gonzaga vs Pepperdine Expert Prediction
Gonzaga 91, Pepperdine 71