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Baylor Bears take on Bulldogs in NCAA basketball test

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Dec 28, 8:00 PM | McCarthey Athletic Center

Baylor Bears vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds


No. 13 Gonzaga will get back in action following their holiday break on Friday night as they play host to the Baylor Bears in a college hoops betting matchup at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

The Bulldogs and Bears last met back in December 2010, when Gonzaga pulled out a 68-64 road win as a 7.5-point underdog at the sportsbooks. Their previous meeting was in November 2006, when Gonzaga won but didn't cover in a 78-69 home victory.

Supporters of the Bears have watched them go 8-3 and 3-4 ATS on the year, while the Bulldogs are at 11-1 and 6-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 4-4, while the Bears have a 3-3 mark.

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Betting Line:
Gonzaga opened as 9-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 28 (Bulldogs) and the No. 58 (Bears) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 92-82 result in favor of the Bulldogs has been projected by the scores prediction engine.


How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bears rank No. 99 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.2 per game. That compares with Gonzaga’s No. 47 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Gonzaga is college basketball's No. 185-ranked team at 6.1 per game, while the Bears rate No. 111 with 6.7 per game.

Defensively, Baylor features the nation's No. 81-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.5 points per game. Gonzaga, meanwhile, comes in at No. 40 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Baylor, they were a 79-64 winner as they battled BYU at home. They covered in the match as a 7-point favorite. The Bears got 16 points from Pierre Jackson as Baylor ran past BYU 79-64 on Friday at Ferrell Center.

Gonzaga was a 74-52 winner in their most recent outing at home against Campbell. Gonzaga cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Campbell out of the gym and running up a 74-52 score at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Baylor Bears Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing BYU are 1-0
After a win are 6-4

Gonzaga Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 10-0
Before playing Oklahoma State are 4-0
After a win are 9-1

A few Bears at Bulldogs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Baylor's last 7 games on the road
Baylor is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Baylor is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Gonzaga is 24-1 SU in its last 25 games at home
Gonzaga is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games

Next up:
Baylor home to Texas, Saturday, January 5
Gonzaga at Oklahoma State, Monday, December 31