Northwestern Wildcats vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs, Las Vegas Sports Betting, NCAA March Madness Odds, Picks and Prediction

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NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS GONZAGA BULLDOGS
24-11 March 18, 5:15 PM | EnergySolutions Arena 33-1
Northwestern vs Gonzaga, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 5:15 PM ET, Saturday, March 18, 2017
Where: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
TV: 5:15 p.m. ET, CBS

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Saturday, March 18th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND – Energy Solutions Arena – Salt Lake City, UT

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
529 –Notre Dame Fighting Irish +11 -113 +515 Ov 136½ -110
530 –West Virginia Mountaineers -11 -107 -665 Un 136½ -110
 

The Northwestern Wildcats and the Gonzaga Bulldogs will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Vivint Smart Home Arena, for the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN (24-11): Standout junior guard Bryant McIntosh scored 25 points against Vanderbilt for his 11th 20-point performance of the season and hit the tying and go-ahead free throws with 14.6 seconds left. McIntosh leads the Wildcats in scoring (14.7 points) and assists (5.2) while junior guard Scottie Lindsey (14.2 points) and sophomore forward Vic Law (12.1) also average double digits in points. Northwestern is stingy on defense, as it allows an average of 65.1 points and held seven opponents to 60 or fewer.

ABOUT GONZAGA (33-1): The Bulldogs scored under 70 points for just the fourth time all season in their first-round game as they shot 39.7 percent – including 8-of-30 from 3-point range – and were 8-of-14 from the free-throw line. Junior power forward Johnathan Williams (10 points, 6.7 rebounds) was Gonzaga’s top performer by providing strong defense against South Dakota State standout Mike Daum (17 points – more than eight below his average) and collecting 14 rebounds to raise his average to 10.8 boards over the last eight contests. “J3 is one of those guys that what he does gets the rest of the guys excited and gets us going,” coach Mark Few told reporters. “We’re at our best when we play with emotion. You look back at all our really good games this year, it’s been when we’ve been high emotion and high energy.”

Oddsmakers currently have the Bulldogs listed as 11-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 136½.

Top-seeded Gonzaga seeks its third consecutive Sweet 16 appearance when it faces eighth-seeded Northwestern in Saturday’s second-round West Region matchup in Salt Lake City. The Bulldogs won their NCAA Tournament opener for the ninth straight time while the Wildcats are fresh off the first Tournament win in school history.

Northwestern aims to record an epic upset after edging Vanderbilt 68-66 on Thursday, and coach Chris Collins is striving to make sure his team doesn’t celebrate too long. “The Tournament is about one thing, trying to see another day,” Collins said in the postgame press conference. “And we fortunately were able to do that, and we’ve got to get back and get regrouped and get ready to play one of the very best teams in the country in Gonzaga on Saturday.” The Bulldogs were stout in the second half while dispatching South Dakota State 66-46, and junior point guard Nigel Williams-Goss said his squad needs to play a much-improved game in the second round. “We were able to grind out a tough game, not a pretty game,” Williams-Goss told reporters after the contest. “It feels good when you win a game when you know you didn’t play your best.”

Last time out for Gonzaga, they were a 66-46 winner as they battled Jackrabbits at home. They failed to cover in the match as a -23-point favorite.

Northwestern was a 68-66 winner in its last match at home against Commodores. They covered the +2-point spread as underdogs.

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Northwestern:
Team record: 24-11 SU,21-12 ATS
Northwestern is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northwestern’s last 6 games

Gonzaga:
Team record: 33-1 SU,23-9-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Gonzaga is 18-6-1 ATS in its last 25 games
Gonzaga is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Gonzaga’s last 6 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. This is the first-ever meeting between Gonzaga and Northwestern.

2. Williams-Goss (team-best 16.6 points) was held to nine points on 4-of-13 shooting by South Dakota State.

3. Wildcats sophomore C Dererk Pardon was 6-of-8 from the free-throw line against Vanderbilt after being just 31-of-60 prior to the contest.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Northwestern Wildcats will cover the spread at +11 and the game will stay under 136½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Gonzaga 70, Northwestern 65 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
NWEST TEAM GONZG
71.0 PTS FOR 84.0
65.1 PTS AGNST 60.7
5.9 DIFF. 23.3
25.5 DEF REBOUNDS 31.1
10.7 OFF REBOUNDS 9.5
43.7 FG% 51.4
74.6 FT% 73.1
7.1 3 POINTERS 7.3
5.1 STEALS 7.1
BETTING TRENDS
NORTHWESTERN
No trends to report
GONZAGA
Gonzaga is 18-6-1 ATS in its last 25 games
Gonzaga is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Gonzaga’s last 6 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Northwestern’s Overall Scoring vs Gonzaga’s Overall Defense 71.0 232 60.7 5
Northwestern’s Away Scoring vs Gonzaga’s Home Defense 65.1 292 59.2 13
Northwestern’s Road Rebounds vs Gonzaga’s Home Rebounds Allowed 33.4 239 34.0 146
Gonzaga’s Overall Scoring vs Northwestern’s Overall Defense 84.0 13 65.1 32
Gonzaga’s Home Scoring vs Northwestern’s Road Defense 83.6 43 67.8 36
Gonzaga’s Home Rebounds vs Northwestern’s Road Rebounds Allowed 40.5 24 36.7 212
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
NORTHWESTERN
No trends to report
GONZAGA
Gonzaga has the second best field goal percentage at 51.4.
Gonzaga allows the third least field goal percentage against in the league at 36.6.

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