South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs, NCAA March Madness Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE JACKRABBITS GONZAGA BULLDOGS
18-16 March 16, 2:00 PM | Vivint Smart Home Arena 32-1
South Dakota State vs Gonzaga, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 2:00 PM ET, Thursday, March 16, 2017
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: 2 p.m. ET, TBS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Thursday, March , Sports Betting Lines16th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Energy Solutions Arena – Salt Lake City, UT

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
735 –South Dakota State Jackrabbits +22 -110 +2214 Ov 156 -110
736 –Gonzaga Bulldogs -22 -110 -7000 Un 156 -110
 

The fans at BMO Harris Bradley Center will be treated to a game between the Winthrop Eagles and the Butler Bulldogs when they take their seats on Thursday, for the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament.

ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (18-16): The Jackrabbits, under first-year head coach T.J. Otzelberger, will be making their fourth NCAA tourney appearance in six years thanks in great part to 6-9, 245-pound sophomore forward Mike Daum, the Summit League’s Player of the Year and the MVP of the conference tourney for the second straight year. Daum, who had 37 points and 12 rebounds in the championship game win over Omaha, leads the team in scoring (25.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.2) and has connected on 77-of-185 3-pointers (41.6 percent). The 6-7 Tellinghuisen is the only other Jackrabbit averaging in double figures (11.9) but also can stroke it from 3-point range, connecting on 73-of-212 attempts behind the arc.

ABOUT GONZAGA (32-1): Williams-Goss, a lanky 6-3 transfer from Washington, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the WCC tourney after scoring 22 points to go along with six rebounds, six assists and six steals in the title-game win over the Gaels. He also captured WCC Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year honors after leading the team in scoring (16.9), assists (4.8), steals (1.8) and free-throw accuracy (91.0 percent), the latter which also ranks him 10th nationally. Przemek Karnowski,a burly 7-foot senior center, is second on the team in scoring (12.6) while also shooting 60.1 percent from the field while 6-9 Missouri transfer Johnathan Williams III led the team in rebounding (6.5) to go along with 10.2 points per game and was also a first team All-WCC pick with Williams-Goss and Karnowski. Two other Bulldogs average in double figures: Senior guard Jordan Mathews (10.4 points) and multi-skilled 7-foot freshman forward Zach Collins (10.2), considered a likely first-round NBA pick.

Bovada Sportsbook currently has the Bulldogs listed as 22-point favorites versus the Jackrabbits, while the game’s total is sitting at 156.

Despite some outside lobbying for ACC Tournament champ Duke and Pac-12 Tournament champ Arizona, Gonzaga garnered a No. 1 seed for the second time in school history. The West Coast Conference champion Bulldogs, who earned the top spot in the West Regional, will face Summit League Tournament champion South Dakota State, the 16th seed, on Thursday at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.

Gonzaga rolled to a NCAA-best 32-1 record and smashed Saint Mary’s 74-56 in the WCC tourney championship game March 7 in Las Vegas, but a regular season-ending 79-71 home loss to BYU had some naysayers dropping the Bulldogs to a No. 2 seed. Gonzaga was ranked No. 1 in the nation for four straight weeks before the loss to the Cougars and aren’t lacking for confidence after winning their three WCC tourney games by an average of 19.7 points. “There’s no doubt in any of our minds that we can win the entire tournament,” junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss said. “It’s not going to be easy, and we’ll have to meet a lot of challenges.” South Dakota State, which began the year 1-6 and won the Summit League Tournament as a No. 4 seed with a 79-77 victory over Omaha in the championship game, doesn’t figure to be one of those challenges, although junior swingman Reed Tellinghuisen put up this tweet Sunday: “History happens … why not us?”

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MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. Gonzaga lost to hot-shooting Wichita State 76-70 in the Round of 32 in Salt Lake City in 2013, which was the only other time the Bulldogs entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed.

2. Daum ranks second in the nation in scoring (25.3) behind Central Michigan G Marcus Keene (30.0).

3. South Dakota State finished with a 44-25 rebounding edge over Omaha in the Summit tourney title game to improve to 16-1 when outrebounding an opponent.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Gonzaga Bulldogs will cover the spread at -22 and the game will stay under 156 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Gonzaga 88, South Dakota State 64 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
SD.ST TEAM GONZG
77.6 PTS FOR 84.6
77.4 PTS AGNST 61.2
0.2 DIFF. 23.4
26.0 DEF REBOUNDS 30.9
9.0 OFF REBOUNDS 9.4
45.9 FG% 51.8
77.7 FT% 73.8
9.2 3 POINTERS 7.3
5.2 STEALS 7.2
BETTING TRENDS
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
No trends to report
GONZAGA
Gonzaga is 19-5-1 ATS in its last 25 games
Gonzaga is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Gonzaga’s last 5 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
South Dakota State’s Overall Scoring vs Gonzaga’s Overall Defense 77.6 76 61.2 8
South Dakota State’s Away Scoring vs Gonzaga’s Home Defense 76.1 47 59.9 17
South Dakota State’s Road Rebounds vs Gonzaga’s Home Rebounds Allowed 33.7 228 33.8 136
Gonzaga’s Overall Scoring vs South Dakota State’s Overall Defense 84.6 13 77.4 293
Gonzaga’s Home Scoring vs South Dakota State’s Road Defense 84.5 34 83.8 335
Gonzaga’s Home Rebounds vs South Dakota State’s Road Rebounds Allowed 40.0 37 35.0 128
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE
South Dakota State allows the second most three points made in the league with 10.6 per game.
GONZAGA
Gonzaga has the second best field goal percentage at 51.8.
Gonzaga allows the third least field goal percentage against in the league at 36.8.

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