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Gonzaga Squad Aims To Continue Dominance Over BYU

The WCC championship has run through Gonzaga for the past four years and this season will be no different. The Bulldogs' conference dominance has been exemplified with their play against BYU, which has been one of the best teams in the WCC, as the Bulldogs have won 10 of the past 13 against the Cougars.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the past 13 games between Gonzaga and BYU.
  • Gonzaga is 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road.
  • BYU is 9-0 SU in its last 9 games at home.

Gonzaga, ranked first in the nation for just the second time in program history, has not trailed in the past 224 minutes of play. The Bulldogs have made a habit out of decimating opponents, as they have posted a nation-high plus-23.8 point scoring margin this season. One of the brightest spots for Gonzaga has been Zach Collins, as the 7’0” freshman is averaging 12.4 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting nearly 70 percent from the floor in the past seven games.

BYU has one of the best offenses in the nation, thanks largely to the efforts of Eric Mika. The sophomore has averaged 20.8 points and 9.6 rebounds with 13 double-doubles on the season. The driving force of this Cougars team is the trio of Mika, Nick Emery and TJ Haws, who all played together at the same high school before joining BYU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

College basketball betting odds makers at BetOnline opened the BYU Cougars as 11.5-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over/under total line at sportsbooks such as Bovada.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs BYU Cougars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Gonzaga Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Thursday; they are 16-5 ATS against the betting line this season, while the BYU Cougars are 9-11 ATS. Gonzaga Bulldogs are 11-10 on betting the total; BYU Cougars are 8-11-1.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the BYU Cougars rated this week at No. 39 and the Gonzaga Bulldogs sitting at No. 1.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and BYU has the nation's No. 21-rated offensive output, at 82.57 PPG. The visiting Gonzaga Bulldogs defense ranks No. 8 allowing on average 61.41 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 46.84% so far, less than the BYU Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 51.23% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Bulldogs blew out Pepperdine on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 96-49 win at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Cougars got 27 points from Eric Mika as BYU ran past Loyola Marymount 85-77 on Saturday at Marriott Center.

Betting Trends
  • Gonzaga is 13-2 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Gonzaga's last 6 games
  • Gonzaga is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • BYU is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • BYU is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of BYU's last 9 games
  • BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Gonzaga home to Santa Clara, Saturday, February 4th
BYU at Portland, Saturday, February 4th