Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. BYU Cougars
The Gonzaga Bulldogs and the BYU Cougars face off on Tuesday in Las Vegas in the Championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs are -4 point favorites over the Cougars with an over/under point total set at 146.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs pounded St. Mary’s on Monday to reach this game, only fitting since the Zags won the regular season WCC title. Gonzaga is 17-3 against the WCC and 12-6 n games played away from home. Kevin Pangos leads the Bulldogs averaging 14.2 points per game. Sam Dower is averaging 14.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, Gary Bell is averaging 11.1 points, and Przemek Karnowski is averaging 10.2 points and 7.1 rebounds. Gonzaga is averaging 77 points and they are shooting 49.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.1 points and their opponents are shooting 39.6 percent. Gonzaga hasn’t had their typical season and have flown under the radar but they hope to make some noise in March Madness.
The BYU Cougars found themselves in a war on war on Monday but in the end they got the win over San Francisco to advance to this game. BYU is 15-5 in the WCC and 9-9 in games played away from home. Tyler Haws leads the Cougars averaging 23.4 points per game. Kyle Collinsworth is averaging 14 points and 8.2 rebounds, Matt Carlino is averaging 13.9 points, and Eric Mika is averaging 11.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. BYU is averaging 84.8 points and they are shooting 47 percent while defensively they are allowing 77.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.6 percent. BYU won 10 of their last 11 games including a win over Gonzaga on February 20th.
Gonzaga is 2-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread and 8-2 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage better than .600. BYU is 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 19-39 in their last 58 neutral site games, and 2-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread. The favorite is 7-0-1 against the spread in the last eight meetings of these two.
I believe that Gonzaga get the win and covers in this championship matchup.
Gonzaga Bulldogs -4 BYU Cougars