Thursday, February 2, 2017
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs travel to Marriott Center to play the BYU Cougars on Thursday, February 2, 2017. The opening line for this game has Gonzaga as 11.5 point favorites.
The Bulldogs come into this game with an overall record of 22-0 and a road record of 6-0. They are 15-4 against the spread and their over/under record is 9-10. The Cougars have an overall record of 16-7 and a home record of 12-1. They have an over/under record of 8-11 and they are 9-11 against the spread.
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Nigel Williams-Goss comes into this contest averaging 14.8 points per game while playing 31.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Bulldogs. He pulls down 5.6 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 49% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. Przemek Karnowski averages 12.5 points per game in 22 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.3 assists per contest and 5.4 rebounds per game for Gonzaga. His field goal percentage is 62% for the year while his free throw percentage is 61%.
Eric Mika averages 20.8 points per game while playing 27.6 minutes per contest this year for the Cougars. He grabs 9.6 rebounds per game and has 1.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 55% and his free throw percentage currently is at 79%. Nick Emery averages 13.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.8 rebounds per contest and 2.6 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Gonzaga averages 85.2 points per contest this season which ranks them 9th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 23.8 and their shooting percentage is 51% as a team which has them ranked 4th. Behind the arc they shoot 38% which is good for 47th in the country. They average 40.1 rebounds per game and 16.9 assists per game which ranks them 16th and 17th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 21st with 11 per game. The Bulldogs allow 61.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 8th in the nation. They also allow a 37% shooting percentage and a 29% average from behind the arc ranking them 3rd and 7th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.3 rebounds a game which ranks 110th and they give up 9.5 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the country. They force 13.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 172nd in Division 1.
BYU averages 82.6 points per game this year which ranks them 19th in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 9.9 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a team which has them sitting in the 55th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 166th in the nation. They average 43.3 rebounds per game and 16.8 assists per contest which ranks them 3rd and 23rd respectively. In the turnover department the Cougars rank 232nd with 14 per game. The Cougars allow 72.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 172nd in the country. They also allow a 40% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the arc ranking them 31st and 26th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 36.5 rebounds a game which ranks 218th and they give up 14 assists per contest which puts them in 226th place in the nation. The Cougars force 12.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 271st in college basketball.
The Bulldogs average 83 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 86 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 17.6 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 34 per contest. The Bulldogs have an offensive rating of 120.2 and they assist on 54.1% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 70.9 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 58%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 61% and they shoot 3 pointers on 35% of their shots. Gonzaga turns the ball over an average of 13.6 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 10.6% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 53.9% while their offensive rebound percentage is 31.3%. The Bulldogs give up 65.4 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 52 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Cougars score 86.9 ppg at home and they have averaged 71.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 5 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 16.2 points per game. The Cougars have a rating on offense of 107.5 and 58.6% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 76.8 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 52%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 56% and they attempt 3 pointers on 31% of their shots. BYU turns it over an average of 16.2 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 8.8% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 54.2% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 28.3%. The Cougars give up 70.8 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 66.7 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Trends
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 15-4 against the spread
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 9-10 against the over/under
BYU Cougars Betting Trends
The BYU Cougars are 9-11 against the spread
The BYU Cougars are 8-11 against the over/under
Gonzaga Bulldogs Injuries
02/01/17 F Killian Tillie Ankle "?" Thursday vs. BYU
BYU Cougars Injuries
12/28/16 F Kyle Davis Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Gonzaga -11.5
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