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Jaguars open as college hoops underdog vs Bulldogs

South Alabama JaguarsGonzaga Bulldogs
5-4December 14, 2013, 10:00 | KeyArena9-1

The visiting South Alabama Jaguars hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at KeyArena against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

This season, the Bulldogs are 9-1 overall and 4-4 ATS, while the Jaguars are 5-4 and 3-4 ATS. As for the totals, Gonzaga boasts a 6-2 on the OU, and South Alabama is 3-4.

View South Alabama Jaguars vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 15.5-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(.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 9-rated Bulldogs and the No. 69-ranked Jaguars, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for South Alabama, they were a 96-93 loser as they battled Rice on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5-point favorite. The Jaguars wasted a 26-point performance from Antoine Allen in losing to Rice 96-93 on Saturday at Autry Court.

Gonzaga won its last outing, an 80-76 result against West Virginia on December 10. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point favorite. Przemek Karnowski scored 19 points leading the Bulldogs to an 80-76 victory over West Virginia at WVU Colliseum on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Gonzaga's No. 6-ranked offense, averaging 89.4 PPG, against a Jaguars defense that ranks No. 57 at 65.78 PPG. The Bulldogs field goal percentage has averaged 53.82% so far, more than the Jaguars marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.05% per game.

A few Jaguars at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Gonzaga is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
South Alabama home to Dillard, Tuesday, December 17th
Gonzaga at Kansas State, Saturday, December 21st