Saturday, February 25, 2017
McCarthey Athletic Center
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The BYU Cougars head to McCarthey Athletic Center to take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The opening line for this game has Gonzaga as 20.5 point favorites.
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The Cougars come into this game with an overall record of 20-10 and a road record of 4-4. They are 11-15 against the spread and their over/under record is 11-15. The Bulldogs have an overall record of 29-0 and a home record of 15-0. They have an over/under record of 14-12 and they are 20-5 against the spread.
Eric Mika comes into this contest averaging 19.9 points per game while playing 28.2 minutes per night so far this season for the Cougars. He pulls down 9.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 52% while his free throw percentage is currently at 76%. TJ Haws averages 13.8 points per game in 30.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.3 assists per contest and 2.9 rebounds per game for BYU. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 80%.
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Nigel Williams-Goss averages 16.2 points per game while playing 31.4 minutes per contest this year for the Bulldogs. He grabs 5.8 rebounds per game and has 4.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 52% and his free throw percentage currently is at 91%. Przemek Karnowski averages 12.5 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 22.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.8 rebounds per contest and 2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 61% and his free throw percentage is 61%.
BYU averages 81.1 points per contest this season which ranks them 24th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 8.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 85th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 204th in the country. They average 42.3 rebounds per game and 16.1 assists per game which ranks them 3rd and 33rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 222nd with 13.6 per game. The Cougars allow 72.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 185th in the nation. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc ranking them 29th and 33rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 36.4 rebounds a game which ranks 226th and they give up 13.8 assists per contest which puts them in 215th place in the country. They force 12.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 253rd in Division 1.
Gonzaga averages 85.8 points per game this year which ranks them 5th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 24.9 and their shooting percentage is 52% as a team which has them sitting in the 3rd spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 39% which is good for 31st in the nation. They average 40.7 rebounds per game and 16.8 assists per contest which ranks them 5th and 16th respectively. In the turnover department the Bulldogs rank 28th with 11.2 per game. The Bulldogs allow 60.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 4th in the country. They also allow a 37% shooting percentage and a 29% average from behind the arc ranking them 2nd and 2nd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 32.8 rebounds a game which ranks 55th and they give up 9.9 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the nation. The Bulldogs force 12.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 201st in college basketball.
The Cougars average 78.2 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 78.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 2.8 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 6 per contest. The Cougars have an offensive rating of 106.9 and they assist on 57.7% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 75.9 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 52%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they shoot 3 pointers on 32% of their shots. BYU turns the ball over an average of 15.9 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 8.9% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 53.8% while their offensive rebound percentage is 28.5%. The Cougars give up 75.4 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 72.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Bulldogs score 87.5 ppg at home and they have averaged 91.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 38 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 29.2 points per game. The Bulldogs have a rating on offense of 120.5 and 54.6% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 71.2 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 58%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 61% and they attempt 3 pointers on 34% of their shots. Gonzaga turns it over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 10.1% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 55.3% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 30.5%. The Bulldogs give up 58.3 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 53.3 points per game in their past 3 contests.
BYU Cougars Betting Trends
The BYU Cougars are 11-15 against the spread
The BYU Cougars are 11-15 against the over/under
Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Trends
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 20-5 against the spread
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 14-12 against the over/under
BYU Cougars Injuries
12/28/16 F Kyle Davis Knee out for season
02/24/17 F Yoeli Childs Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Gonzaga
02/08/17 G L.J. Rose Knee out indefinitely
Gonzaga Bulldogs Injuries
02/24/17 G Bryan Alberts Ankle "?" Saturday vs. BYU
02/17/17 F Killian Tillie Hand out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take BYU +20.5
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