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Gonzaga Suddenly A Cold Bet Entering Sweet 16

Gonzaga was one of the best bets all season long but bettors have watched the Bulldogs become inconsistent at best lately. The Zags have gone just 3-5 ATS in their past eight and have failed to cover in their first two games during March Madness. The Bulldogs will try to advance to the Elite Eight, and bettors will hope they can cover, when they face West Virginia on Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • West Virginia is 0-3 SU and ATS in its last 3 games against Gonzaga.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Gonzaga's last 7 games.
  • West Virginia is 2-6-1 ATS in its past 9 games.

Przemek Karnowski is going to cause matchup problems for any of Gonzaga’s opponents. The 7’1” native of Poland has not put up big numbers through the first two rounds of the tourney, but coach Mark Few has also been resting the big man. In just 18 minutes per game, Karnowski is averaging 9.5 points and 3.4 rebounds during March Madness.

West Virginia’s patented Press Virginia defense stymied Notre Dame in the second round and kept the Irish off balance all game long. Of course, this is what the Mountaineers are known for and they will aim to do the same to Gonzaga. Though not nearly as talked about, the West Virginia offense can score when called upon. However, the offense is streaky and the team tends to let its foot off the gas pedal.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 34-1 and 23-10-1 ATS Gonzaga Bulldogs will face the 28-8 West Virginia Mountaineers, who own a 16-16-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are 18-16 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the West Virginia Mountaineers are 19-14.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs sit at No. 2 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the West Virginia Mountaineers sit at No. 39 on the same chart.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Gonzaga has the nation's No. 12-rated offensive output, at 83.89 PPG. The visiting West Virginia Mountaineers defense ranks No. 43 allowing on average 66.83 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 51.19% so far, more than the Gonzaga Mountaineers marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.89% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Mountaineers got 24 points from Jevon Carter as West Virginia ran past Notre Dame 83-71 on Saturday at Keybank Center.

Gonzaga got 20 points from Nigel Williams-Goss en route to a 79-73 victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena.