West Virginia Vs Gonzaga Free Pick, Lines & TV Info

Posted by Eric Williams on Tuesday,March 21, 2017 3:41, EST in

The fourth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers will look to pull off the huge upset over the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs when the two national championship title hopefuls square off in their intriguing Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday.

Will the Bulldogs win and advance or will the Mountaineers help Bob Huggins get one step closer to winning a national championship? Let’s find out more about the latest college basketball point spreads.

In Depth Analysis On The Mountaineers Vs Bulldogs Free Pick, Lines & TV Info

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:39 PM ET
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, California
TV: TBS
Live Stream: NCAA Live
NCAAB Odds: Gonzaga -3 / Total: 148

 

 

Why Bet The West Virginia Mountaineers Odds at +3

There’s several good reasons to bet on the Mountaineers in this contest even though a whopping 61 percent of the betting public likes Gonzaga to win and advance. West Virginia has won five of their last six games and eight of 10 overall with their only losses coming against a pair of legitimate title contenders in Iowa State and Baylor. The Mountaineers got past Bucknell in their opener but looked fantastic in dispatching a very good Notre Dame ballclub 83-71 in their second round matchup on Saturday as Jevon Carter scored a team-high 27 points and Daxter Miles added 18 points to get the win.

Why Bet The Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds at -3

There’s plenty of reason to bet on Gonzaga seeing as how they’ve been super consistent in winning five straight while suffering just one loss this season. The Bulldogs overpowered South Dakota State in their opener but struggled to put way a Northwestern team until getting an incorrect call late down the stretch in their 79-73 second round win. Player of the Year candidate Nigel Williams-Goss scored a team-high 20 points while Zach Collins and Jordan Matthews both added 14 points in the win.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

I know Gonzaga is clearly the superior statistical team at both ends of the floor – until you look at their neutral-site statistical averages that is. When it comes to neutral site play, West Virginia has a 1.2-point scoring while giving up just 1.4 points more per game than the Zags. More importantly, West Virginia has the decisive edge in athleticism and plays an up-tempo pressing style that I believe will disrupt Gonzaga’s offensive flow.

While West Virginia has gone 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win and Gonzaga has gone 5-2 ATS in their last seven non-conference games. I’m going with the Mountaineers to pull off the stunning upset over the top-seeded Bulldogs.

My final score prediction is West Virginia 79 Gonzaga 75