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BYU Cougars take on Bulldogs in college basketball test

BYU CougarsGonzaga Bulldogs
Feb 23, 11:00 PM | McCarthey Athletic Center

BYU Cougars vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds


McCarthey Athletic Center will host Bulldogs vs. Cougars action on Thursday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAAB action.

The Bulldogs are 21-5 so far on the season, and 11-15 ATS vs. the number. The Cougars, meanwhile, are 23-6 and 14-11 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Gonzaga go 7-18-1 and the Cougars go 11-14 on the totals.

View BYU vs Gonzaga Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Gonzaga in this one will find them as 6.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulldogs sit at No. 14 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cougars sit at No. 12 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Cougars will win this game 84-81.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Gonzaga's No. 58 nationally ranked offense (73.5 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 148 at 66 PPG. The Bulldogs have been averaging 47.2% from the field, less than the Cougars have managed so far this season (47.5% on average).

Defensively, BYU features the nation's No. 101-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.1 points per game. Gonzaga, meanwhile, comes in at No. 77 nationally in scoring at home.

BYU won its last outing, an 82-67 result against Santa Clara on February 18. They covered in that game as a 13.5-point favorite. Noah Hartsock scored 21 points leading the Cougars to an 82-67 victory over Santa Clara at Leavey Center on Saturday.

Gonzaga was a 66-65 loser in their most recent outing on the road against San Francisco. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. Elias Harris poured in 21 points and added 11 rebounds in a losing cause for Gonzaga on Saturday, as the Dons rolled to a 66-65 victory over Gonzaga at War Memorial Gymnasium.

BYU Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Portland are 3-1
After playing Santa Clara are 2-1
After a win are 8-2

Gonzaga Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing San Diego are 9-1
After playing San Francisco are 8-2
After a loss are 6-4

A few Cougars at Bulldogs trends to consider:
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of BYU's last 7 games on the road
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Gonzaga's last 5 games at home
Gonzaga is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Gonzaga's last 5 games

Next up:
BYU home to Portland, Saturday, February 25
Gonzaga at San Diego, Saturday, February 25