Gonzaga vs. San Diego Game Info & NCAA Basketball Betting Pick

Gonzaga vs. San Diego Game Info & NCAA Basketball Betting Pick

Written by on February 22, 2018

With a couple of weeks still to play in the college basketball regular season, opportunities still exist for teams to make one final move. That could mean getting off the bubble and into the tournament with a strong finish, or it could mean improving on a current ranking to have a better draw heading into March Madness. That said, there are some conferences that are now in their final week of regular season play, with the WCC being one of them. Gonzaga has a 1-game lead over St. Mary’s in the conference with just 2 games to play, so they look like a lock to be the regular season champions and a solid NCAA Basketball betting pick moving foward. The reality here, though, is that they are likely more concerned with their national ranking, as that will dictate where they land in the March Madness bracket. They started this week in the #6 spot and can likely stay on or around that spot with a pair of wins to end the regular season. First up for the Bulldogs is a trip to San Diego to play the Toreros on Thursday night. Gonzaga is in as a 12-point favorite for this one.

Game Info & NCAA Basketball Betting Pick: Bulldogs vs. Toreros

  • When: Thursday, February 22 at 9 PM EST
  • Where: Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego
  • TV: ESPN 2
  • Radio: 1490 AM (Gonzaga) / 1090 AM (San Diego)
  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN
  • NCAA Basketball Betting Odds: Gonzaga Bulldogs -12 (Over/Under at 137.5 points)

Team Records

  • All: Gonzaga Bulldogs 25-4 / San Diego Toreros 17-11
  • Home: Gonzaga Bulldogs 17-2 / San Diego Toreros 10-5
  • Away: Gonzaga Bulldogs 8-2 / San Diego Toreros 7-6
  • ATS: Gonzaga Bulldogs 11-14-1 / San Diego Toreros 10-12-1
  • Over/Under: Gonzaga Bulldogs 11-15 / San Diego Toreros 10-13

2018 MENS NCAAB CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS TO WIN

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Gonzaga Bulldogs lead 9-1
  • Score: Gonzaga Bulldogs 73.90 / San Diego Toreros 51.40
  • Field Goal Percentage: Gonzaga Bulldogs 51.35 / San Diego Toreros 32.28
  • Rebounds: Gonzaga Bulldogs 40.70 / San Diego Toreros 28.80
  • 3 Point Shots: Gonzaga Bulldogs 70-172 / San Diego Toreros 54-216
  • Steals: Gonzaga Bulldogs 4.00 / San Diego Toreros 4.40

Why bet on the Gonzaga Bulldogs?

The final two games of the regular season are games that you would expect the Gonzaga Bulldogs to win. After all, they are both coming against teams that they have already beaten this season, although both of those wins were on their home court. The location shouldn’t really matter to a Bulldogs team that is playing solid basketball right now and coming into this one on a 9-game winning streak. They have taken just a single loss in conference play and should lock up the regular season title with a win in California on Thursday night. The Gonzaga offense has been among the best in the business this season, averaging 85.2 PPG. It is worth noting, though, that San Diego was able to hold the Zags to just 69 points in their last meeting, albeit in a losing cause. Gonzaga have gone 11-14-1 ATS and 11-15 O/U this season.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 85.24
  • Field Goal Percentage: 50.08
  • Three-Point Percentage: 36.17
  • Free Throw Percentage: 72.04
  • Total Rebounds: 40.17
Defense
  • Total Score: 67.66
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.89
  • Three-Point Percentage: 35.81
  • Free Throw Percentage: 71.32
  • Total Rebounds: 30.90

Why bet on the San Diego Toreros?

You can bet that Gonzaga is not going to head on the road and take this San Diego Toreros team too lightly. After all, the Toreros are a very respectable 17-11 on the season and are 8-8 in conference play. They were able to limit what the Bulldogs could do offensively last time out and were able to keep the final margin of defeat to just 10 points. On the downside, getting wins has proven to be tough for this team over the last few weeks, as they have managed just two victories in their last 6 games. San Diego shouldn't be your NCAA Basketball Betting Pick against Gonzaga. They have only played two games against ranked opponents this season, losing both, one of which was the 69-59 defeat to the Bulldogs that we mentioned earlier in this piece. This is a very good defensive basketball team, but they just don’t score enough to be truly competitive against the better teams. The Toreros are 10-12-1 ATS and O/U this season.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 69.29
  • Field Goal Percentage: 44.38
  • Three-Point Percentage: 35.89
  • Free Throw Percentage: 70.19
  • Total Rebounds: 33.14
Defense
  • Total Score: 64.96
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.37
  • Three-Point Percentage: 28.64
  • Free Throw Percentage: 75.12
  • Total Rebounds: 33.86

Latest NCAA Basketball Betting Trends

  • Gonzaga is 2-9 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Gonzaga’s last 5 games
  • San Diego is 4-7-1 ATS in its last 12 games
  • San Diego is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of San Diego’s last 10 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think that Gonzaga is going to extend their win streak to 11 before their regular season comes to a close, which means that I like them to win and cover here. Score: Gonzaga Bulldogs 75 – San Diego Toreros 61
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