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College Basketball Matchup - Gonzaga Bulldogs Portland Pilots Odds Preview

Portland PilotsGonzaga Bulldogs
13-10February 05, 2014, 11:00 | McCarthey Athletic Center20-3

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Gonzaga vs Portland battle Wednesday at McCarthey Athletic Center as the Bulldogs look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Gonzaga will face the 13-10 Pilots, who own a 15-8 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 10-11 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Pilots are 11-12 favoring the OVER.

View Portland Pilots vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 16-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bulldogs rated this week at No. 18 and the Pilots sitting at No. 160.

Portland was a 76-64 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Santa Clara. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. The Pilots got a 28-point performance from Thomas van der Mars, who added 11 rebounds, as Portland ran past Santa Clara 76-64 on Saturday at Leavey Center.

Gonzaga was a 75-65 winner in their most recent outing on the road against San Francisco. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. Sam Dower scored 24 points leading the Bulldogs to a 75-65 victory over San Francisco at War Memorial Gymnasium on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Gonzaga's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 79.26 PPG, against a Pilots defense that ranks No. 197 at 73.09 PPG. The Bulldogs field goal percentage has averaged 50.39% so far, more than the Pilots marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.83% per game.

Next up:
Portland home to Loyola Marymount, Thursday, February 13th
Gonzaga at Memphis, Saturday, February 8th