Against The Spread Pick
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are once again the best team in the West Coast Conference and are a lock for a top 3 seed for the tournament in March. The Bulldogs enter this game with a record of 20-1 and a conference record of 6-0. They are also ranked 2nd in the nation and have won 12 games in a row, which includes a 92-69 win at home against BYU. Gonzaga will look to extend their winning streak to 13 games when they host the Pacific Tigers on Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Tigers are in 4th place in the conference with a conference record of 3-3 and an overall record of 15-7. However, they have struggled over their last four games going 1-3, which includes a 60-74 home loss against BYU on Thursday. Gonzaga is the superior team, and that will show up on the scoreboard. I am smashing the Bulldogs at -21 in this game.
Over Under Pick
Gonzaga is the highest-scoring team in the country this season. They enter this game averaging 88.81 points per game while allowing 66.76 points per game, which is more than a 22-point differential per game this season. Meanwhile, Pacific has been slightly below-average this season offensively, averaging 71.09 points per game. However, they are one of the best teams defensively in the conference this season as they are allowing the 59th fewest points per game this season with 64.23. Even though Pacific has been elite defensively, I don’t see them being able to slow down the Bulldogs in this game. As a result, I look for the over 142 points to be the winning side.