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Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Waves College Hoops Game Preview

Gonzaga BulldogsPepperdine Waves
Jan 3, 9:00 PM | Firestone Fieldhouse

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Pepperdine Waves Odds

13-1TEAM RECORD8-5

The Pepperdine Waves will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Firestone Fieldhouse on Thursday in NCAA hoops play.

This season, the Waves are 8-5 overall and 6-3 ATS ATS, while the Bulldogs are 13-1 and 7-5 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Pepperdine boasts a 4-2 on the OU, and Gonzaga is 5-5.

View Gonzaga vs Pepperdine Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Pepperdine sat as 15-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 175 (Waves) and the No. 32 (Bulldogs) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 86-69 result in favor of the Bulldogs has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pepperdine's No. 235-ranked offense, averaging 65 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 97 at 62.4 PPG. The Waves field goal percentage has averaged 45.8% so far, less than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 51.8% per game.

Defensively, Gonzaga features the nation's No. 134-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.5 points per game. Pepperdine, meanwhile, comes in at No. 286 nationally in scoring at home.

Gonzaga was a 69-68 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Oklahoma State. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. The Bulldogs got 23 points from Kevin Pangos as Gonzaga ran past Oklahoma State 69-68 on Monday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

In their last action, Pepperdine was a 60-59 winner at home against Fresno Pacific. Pepperdine earned a 60-59 victory over Fresno Pacific on Friday, getting 18 points from Stacy Davis at Firestone Fieldhouse.

Gonzaga Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Santa Clara are 10-0
After playing Oklahoma State are 3-1
After a win are 9-1

Pepperdine Waves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Portland are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

A few Bulldogs at Waves trends to consider:
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pepperdine
Gonzaga is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Gonzaga's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pepperdine
Gonzaga is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Pepperdine is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pepperdine is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pepperdine's last 9 games when playing Gonzaga
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pepperdine's last 6 games when playing at home against Gonzaga

Next up:
Gonzaga at Santa Clara, Saturday, January 5
Pepperdine home to Portland, Saturday, January 5