West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs, Las Vegas Odds, NCAA Sweet 16 Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS GONZAGA BULLDOGS
28-8 March 23, 7:39 PM | SAP Center 34-1
West Virginia vs Gonzaga, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:39 PM ET, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, California
TV: 7:39 p.m. ET, TBS
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
813 –West Virginia Mountaineers +3½ -110 +145 Ov 149½ -110
814 –Gonzaga Bulldogs -3½ -110 -165 Un 149½ -110
 

The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Gonzaga Bulldogs will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at SAP Center.

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (28-8): The Mountaineers average 10.2 steals per game with Carter, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, totaling 91 (sixth nationally) and backcourt mate Tarik Phillip adding 63. Carter (13.3) and sophomore forward Esa Ahmad (11.3) are the lone players scoring in double digits while senior forward Nathan Adrian (averages of 9.7 points and a team-best six rebounds), Phillip (a senior averaging 9.6 points) and junior guard Daxter Miles Jr. (8.8) also are key figures. West Virginia averaged 84.5 points in its NCAA Tournament victories over Bucknell and Notre Dame and tallied 80 or more on 23 occasions.

ABOUT GONZAGA (34-1): Freshman reserve Zach Collins is highly regarded by NBA talent evaluators and the 7-footer averaged 12 points and blocked a total seven shots in the NCAA Tournament victories over South Dakota State and Northwestern. Collins averages 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds as a frontcourt complement to senior center Przemek Karnowski (12.4 points, 5.9 rebounds) and junior power forward Johnathan Williams (10-point average, team-best 6.6 boards). Junior point guard Nigel-Williams Goss (16.7 average) will be counted on to neutralize the West Virginia pressure while senior shooting guard Jordan Mathews (10.7) supplies the outside shooting touch with 74 3-pointers.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bulldogs listed as 3½-point favorites versus the Mountaineers, while the game’s total is sitting at 149½.

Top-seeded Gonzaga looks for its third trip to the Elite Eight when it faces pressure-based West Virginia in Thursday’s NCAA Tournament West Region Sweet 16 contest at San Jose, Calif. Ball-handling will be of utmost importance for the Bulldogs when they face the fourth-seeded Mountaineers, who are the national leaders in turnovers forced at 20.1 per game.

West Virginia’s relentless approach is known as “Press Virginia” and the squad said it feels overlooked despite the school reaching the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in 10 seasons under coach Bob Huggins. “I’m just tired of everybody doubting us,” junior guard Jevon Carter told reporters. “We just go out there and prove people wrong. It just feels good.” Gonzaga boasts the best record in the nation but its season will be a labeled as a disappointment if it doesn’t reach the Final Four for the first time in program history. “Ultimately we’re going to have to accomplish that Final Four to kind of put it to rest and all that,” Bulldogs coach Mark Few said at a press conference. “I think this is the 19th straight to the tournament, which isn’t easy.”

In their last action, Gonzaga was a 79-73 winner at home against Wildcats. They failed to cover the -10-point spread as favorites.

West Virginia won its last outing, a 83-71 result against Fighting Irish on March 18. They covered in that game as a -3-point favorite.

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West Virginia:
Team record: 28-8 SU,16-16-1 ATS
West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
West Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of West Virginia’s last 6 games

Gonzaga:
Team record: 34-1 SU,23-10-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Gonzaga is 17-7-1 ATS in its last 25 games
Gonzaga is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

NCAA HOOPS TIPS

1. Gonzaga won all three previous meetings, including a 77-54 victory in its first game of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

2. The Mountaineers are part of the Sweet 16 for the 10th time.

3. The Bulldogs’ 79-73 second-round victory over Northwestern was Few’s 500th career victory.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: West Virginia Mountaineers will cover the spread at +3½ and the game will go over 149½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: West Virginia 85, Gonzaga 81 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
W.VA TEAM GONZG
82.1 PTS FOR 83.9
66.8 PTS AGNST 61.1
15.3 DIFF. 22.8
23.1 DEF REBOUNDS 31.0
14.3 OFF REBOUNDS 9.7
45.9 FG% 51.2
68.3 FT% 72.7
7.5 3 POINTERS 7.2
10.2 STEALS 7.1
BETTING TRENDS
WEST VIRGINIA
No trends to report
GONZAGA
Gonzaga is 17-7-1 ATS in its last 25 games
Gonzaga is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Gonzaga’s last 7 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
West Virginia’s Overall Scoring vs Gonzaga’s Overall Defense 82.1 18 61.1 6
West Virginia’s Away Scoring vs Gonzaga’s Home Defense 73.2 101 59.9 16
West Virginia’s Road Rebounds vs Gonzaga’s Home Rebounds Allowed 33.0 257 34.1 152
Gonzaga’s Overall Scoring vs West Virginia’s Overall Defense 83.9 14 66.8 52
Gonzaga’s Home Scoring vs West Virginia’s Road Defense 83.4 46 69.7 64
Gonzaga’s Home Rebounds vs West Virginia’s Road Rebounds Allowed 40.6 24 34.1 85
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
WEST VIRGINIA
No trends to report
GONZAGA
Gonzaga has the second best field goal percentage at 51.2.
Gonzaga allows the third least field goal percentage against in the league at 36.8.

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