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Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. BYU Cougars Point Spread Prediction

Time: 11 PM EST Thursday February 20, 2014, ESPN2

Location: Marriott Center, Provo, Utah

The BYU Cougars host the 25th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs in a West Coast Conference match up.

In their last games: Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount 86-67 and BYU beat Saint Mary’s 60-57.

In their win over Loyola Marymount the Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-poijnt halftime lead and overall shot well shooting 46.8% from the floor. Gonzaga dominated the glass in the game and pulled down 17 offensive rebounds.

BYU shot 50% from the floor in their win over Saint Mary’s and they outscored the Gaels by 13 points in the 2nd half.

A few weeks back at Gonzaga the Bulldogs beat the Cougars 84-69.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Gonzaga is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games against BYU.

In the last 5 games between these 2 teams the total has gone Over every time.

BYU is 12-1 at home this season while outscoring opponents by an average of 19.3 points.

BYU’s Tyler Haws leads the WCC in scoring (24.7 ppg), but has struggled lately averaging 19.3 ppg on 41.2% shooting in his last 3 games.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – BYU -1.5
Total Line: Off
Money Line: Bulldogs Off / Cougars Off

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Gonzaga Bulldogs: 23-4 SU 13-11-1 ATS
BYU Cougars: 18-10 SU 10-15 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• ZAGA is 6-14-2 ATS in their last 22 games following a ATS win.
• ZAGA is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
• ZAGA has an Under record of 13-3 in their last 16 road games.
• BYU is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
• BYU is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• BYU has an Over record of 7-3 in their last 10 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Gonzaga Bulldogs: 86.26
BYU Cougars: 82.80

Key Player Injuries

BULLDOGS
No injuries to report at this time.

COUGARS
[F] 02/17/2014 – Luke Worthington questionable Thursday vs. Gonzaga ( Shoulder )
(!)[G] 02/19/2014 – Kyle Collinsworth doubtful Thursday vs. Gonzaga ( Knee )

Point Spread Pick:

BYU has struggled against the Zag losing the last 5 straight up and going 0-1-4 against the point spread, but this game sets up well for them. They are coming off of a confidence boosting road win at St. Mary’s on Saturday. They will be playing in the Marriot Center tonight where they’re only 5-7 in lined games but 12-1 overall. The straight up home record is the key here with the spread at 1.5 now and we may see a pick’em by tip off. Look for BYU to make a statement here with back to back wins over the top WAC teams. Take the BYU Cougars -1.5.
Bet this game at and Lay -105 instead of -110 on this game!

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