Pacific at Gonzaga Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

Posted by Michael Hunt on Friday,February 17, 2017 8:16, EST in

Gonzaga looks to continue the best start to a season in school history and be the first team in a couple of years to reach the NCAA Tournament without a loss as the No. 1 Zags host what should be a hugely overmatched Pacific team in West Coast Conference action on Saturday afternoon. This NCAA basketball odds will be big.

Pacific at Gonzaga Odds, Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, Feb. 18, 4 PM ET
Where: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane
TV: None
Stream: theW.tv
Radio: Pacific / Gonzaga
Opening NCAAB Lines: Gonzaga favored by TBA

Why Bet On Pacific?

Pacific senior PG T.J. Wallace ranks in the Top-10 at Pacific in three-pointers made (10th), three-point attempts (7th) and steals (T-4th). Wallace currently ranks 14th on the all-time points list (1,217) and with eight more points would pass Brent Counts for 13th on the list. Except he missed Thursday’s game at Portland after suffering a left foot strain last Saturday versus Santa Clara. Thus Wallace is questionable here.

Forward Jacob Lampkin suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot after playing eight minutes versus Saint Mary’s on Feb. 2 and will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing foot surgery. Lampkin was averaging 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game at the time of his injury.

Pacific has made at least one three-pointer in 913 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 14, 1987 versus New Mexico State. The streak is the eighth-longest active streak in the nation. The last time the Tigers went without a three-point field goal was Feb. 12, 1987 versus Long Beach State. Vanderbilt, UNLV and Princeton are the only schools in college basketball history to have made at least one three-pointer in every game since the three-point line was implemented by the NCAA in 1986-87.

Pacific ranks first in the West Coast Conference in offensive rebounding (12.2 per game) and fourth in defensive rebounding (25.6 per game). The Tigers are 7-0 when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting. They are also 7-0 when allowing 59 points or fewer.

Why Bet On Gonzaga?

No matter the competition, going undefeated in the regular season is rare — just 2004 St. Joseph’s, 2014 Wichita State and 2015 Kentucky have done it this millennium. As long as the Zags are focused, this should be a blowout. The Zags are one of three teams in the country that are undefeated in conference play. Two other teams at the NCAA level (1 in Div. II, 1 in Div. III) are also undefeated, but neither have 27 wins.

Gonzaga is ranked in the Top 5 nationally in offensive and defensive efficiency. Since Ken Pomeroy started keeping track, only five teams have ever managed to be Top 5 in both categories over the course of a whole season: 2002 Duke, 2004 Duke, 2008 Kansas, 2010 Duke, and 2016 Villanova. The last three were NCAA champions. No previous Gonzaga team has gotten to the tournament without losing at least two games. This team is undefeated and has beaten the four teams remaining on its schedule by an average of 20.3 points.

Przemek Karnowski and Johnathan Williams have been efficient around the basket in WCC play. The duo has a combined 66.5 field goal percentage through the 15 WCC games. So far in WCC action, Karnowski leads the league with a 68.4 field goal percentage, while Williams is second at 64.1 percent. Zach Collins leads the conference with an overall .655 field goal percentage this season, while Karnowski (.615) and Williams (.613) are second and third.

Gonzaga won at Pacific 81-61 on Dec. 31. The Zags trailed by eight with 17:13 remaining before going on a 25-4 run. Lampkin had a career-high 18 points for Pacific. The Tigers were seeking their first win against a Top 25 team since the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

Pacific at Gonzaga Betting Pick:

Wait on the spread here. Anything over 25, take the points.