Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Baylor Bears
The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Baylor Bears face off on Friday Night in a marquis college basketball match up. The Bulldogs are -9 point favorites over the Bears with an over/under point total set at 143.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are ranked 14th in the nation and while the Zags have been strong for several years now, this looks to be one of their better teams. Mark Few’s Bulldogs has already played the 63rd ranked schedule in the nation and they follow this game up with a trip to Oklahoma State. As a team Gonzaga is averaging 80.8 points per game, 16.4 assists, and they are shooting 52 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.8 points, 9.8 assists, and they are shooting 37.9 percent. Elias Harris is averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, Kelly Olynyk is averaging 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds, and Gary Bell is averaging 10.5 points. Gonzaga is 6-1 at home thus far with their one loss coming against a top 25 ranked Illinois team, Gonzaga’s only game against a ranked opponent thus far.
The expectations were set high for the Baylor Bears this season, maybe a little too high as they have fallen short of them thus far this year. BU has won their last three games in a row and this is just the second road game this year for Scott Drew’s team. As a team Baylor is averaging 76.9 points, 15.5 assists, and they are shooting 47.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.2 points, 13.1 assists, and their opponents are shooting 41.9 percent. Pierre Jackson is averaging 19 points and 6.3 assists, Isaiah Austin is averaging 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds, Cory Jefferson is averaging 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds, and Brady Heslip is averaging 10.2 points. Baylor has played the 35th ranked schedule in the nation so despite the three early losses it is way too early to push the panic button.
Gonzaga is 5-0 against the spread against the Big 12, 7-2 against the spread in their last nine home games against a team with a winning road record, and 9-4 against the spread in their last 13 non-conference games. Baylor is 4-0 against the spread against the WCC, 7-19 against the spread following a win, and 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 road games following three or more home games.
Gonzaga is the better team right now but this is just too many points for this game which could be a track meet.
Baylor Bears +9 Gonzaga Bulldogs