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Can Gonzaga Exorcise Their Demons Against Arizona?

College basketball powerhouses clash when the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Arizona Wildcats meet Saturday night. The Zags have continuously had difficulties against Arizona, as the Bulldogs have lost six of their past seven against the Wildcats including a 68-63 defeat last season.

SHARK BITES
  • Gonzaga is 10-2 SU in their last 12 games with one day off between games.
  • Arizona is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against teams with winning records.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games against Gonzaga.

Gonzaga has a much different look this season, as the team has been lifted to a perfect 7-0 SU record to start the season thanks to a bevy of transfers. The most important of these transfers has been Nigel Williams-Gross who has averaged 12.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game while shooting 47.8 percent from beyond the arc.

Though lots of buzz surrounding Arizona is regarding Allonzo Trier and if the sophomore will ultimately play this season, Lauri Markkanen is having one of the most impactful freshman seasons in the country. The 7’0” Fin is leading Arizona in points, rebounds, three-pointers take and three-pointers made. It’s not just Markkanen though, as the three top scorers on this Arizona team are freshmen.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Bettors looking to go with the Arizona Wildcats in this one found them listed as 5.5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting odds menu at Bovada. Check for line moves and odds updates as money coming in on the Bulldogs was expected to move the line.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Arizona Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Gonzaga Bulldogs have watched them go 7-0 and 3-3 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Arizona Wildcats are at 6-1 and 3-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Arizona Wildcats are 3-4, while the Gonzaga Bulldogs have a 3-3 mark.

This college basketball game matches up the No. 20 (Arizona) and the No. 9 (Gonzaga) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA basketball power rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Arizona's No. 132 nationally ranked offense (75.43 points per game) against a Gonzaga Bulldogs defense that sits as the No. 63 at 65 PPG. The Arizona Wildcats have been averaging 48.18% from the field, less than the Bulldogs have managed so far this season (48.87% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Bulldogs and Delta Devils didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Mississippi Valley State was handed a 97-63 defeat on Thursday at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Arizona cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Texas Southern out of the gym and running up a 85-63 score at McKale Center.

Betting Trends
  • Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Gonzaga is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Arizona
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Gonzaga's last 5 games when playing Arizona
  • Arizona is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Arizona is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Arizona is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Gonzaga
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games when playing Gonzaga

Next Betting Matchups

Gonzaga home to Washington, Wednesday, December 7th
Arizona at UC Irvine, Tuesday, December 6th

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