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BYU vs. Gonzaga Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 1-18-2020

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#819 BYU
Cougars 12
#820 Gonzaga
Bulldogs -12

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00pm

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Game Stats

BYU

14 - 5

12-6
ATS
8-9
O/U
79
PPG
66
OPPG

Gonzaga

19 - 1

10-8
ATS
14-5
O/U
88
PPG
66
OPPG

Featured Video from Scott Reichel

The No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs prepare to host the BYU Cougars in a WCC match-up on Saturday night. BYU have their task cut out with Gonzaga riding on 31 straight wins in conference play.

BYU extend solid conference record this season

Form

The Cougars, to their credit, have managed to stay consistent this season irrespective of the intensity of the game. They are 14-5 for the season and 3-1 in conference play after beating the Portland Pilots 96-70 in their previous game.

Last game

Zac Seljaas managed 21 points, a season high. Dalton Nixon managed 14 points along with 11 rebounds. The Cougars killed the game with a solid first half in which they scored 51 points and restricted Portland to 30.

Efficiency

The Cougars post an average of 79.2 points per game, which ranks 34th nationally. Their offense has stayed reliable right through. Defensively, the Cougars are allowing 66.9 points a game.

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Gonzaga register 31st straight WCC win

Form

The No. 1 basketball college team in the country have had one just minor slip this season, against Michigan. Apart from that, they have been sensational, putting up 19 wins to move to 19-1. They are unbeaten in WCC play after five games too after beating Loyola Marymount 87-62 in their previous game.

Last game

Five players had double-digit scoring for Gonzaga, led by Filip Petrusev's 16 points. It was their 22nd consecutive win against Loyola Marymount. It was also Gonzaga's 31st consecutive win in conference play.

What was said? (According to the Associated Press)

“I've been on them that there's accountability and honor that comes with the ranking. You have to come out and own it," Few said. “You should prepare and play as confident as anyone. By and large that is what we wanted to do."

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The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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Rating:

The Bulldogs have been untouched this season, apart from one minor slip-up. They have been tremendous on both ends of the court. Confidence, check. Momentum, check. Skill, depth and experience? Check, check, check. BYU might be able to stay with them for periods, but certainly not for the entirety of the game.

Prediction: Gonzaga -13

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Rating:

Gonzaga are the second-best offensive team in the country, averaging 88.7 points per game. That, coupled with their astounding defense, has been the simple reason for their dominance. Gonzaga should be able to score 80 again, and add a few more to that. BYU will compete and challenge with some offensive prowess of their own.

Prediction: Over 153

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