It’s a clash of two of the toughest teams in the West Coast Conference in the city by the bay on the college hardwood. The #5 Gonzaga Bulldogs are on the road as they face the San Francisco Dons Saturday night. Gonzaga rolls in off a 67-36 home win over Pacific Thursday night in their last contest. San Francisco picked up a 72-69 road win over Pepperdine last Saturday in their previous game. The Bulldogs own a 58-22 advantage in the all-time series between the teams and have taken the last 14 matchups, including an 88-60 win in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference Tournament on March 5, 2018 in the last matchup.
Gonzaga Bulldogs Look for 15th Straight Win vs. San Francisco
Gonzaga cruised to their sixth straight win by stifling Pacific at home Thursday night. The Bulldogs haven’t been threatened in this win streak: their 31 point win over the Tigers was the closest game in the run. Gonzaga was tied at 10 with 11:48 to play in the first half and then outscored Pacific 24-5 to take a 19 point halftime edge. The Bulldogs cruised from there as the Tigers simply couldn’t get any offense going. Gonzaga shot 43.4 percent from the field, including six of 24 from three point range, while holding Pacific to 26.7 percent shooting. The Tigers also turned the ball over 22 times. Josh Perkins led the Bulldogs with 14 points and six assists in the win.
Well, when you hold your opponent to under 40…. 🤷♂️
— Gonzaga Basketball (@ZagMBB) January 11, 2019
The Bulldogs have been lighting up scoreboards this season, piling up an average of 92 points per game. Gonzaga collects 39.8 rebounds per contest and dishes out 18.7 assists per night on the year. The Bulldogs are 90th in scoring defense by allowing 67.6 points a night. Rui Hachimura leads the team with 20.8 points and six rebounds per contest. Zach Norvell Jr. (15.9 points, 4.5 boards), Brandon Clarke (16.6 points, 8.1 boards) and Josh Perkins (10.6 points, 6.9 assists) are all scoring in double figures. Corey Kispert, Filip Petrusev, Jeremy Jones and Geno Crandall all average at least 4.1 points a night. Crandall is missed nine games with a fractured hand while Killian Tillie just returned after missing the first 15 games of the year. Gonzaga is shooting 52.7 percent from the field as a team this season. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.5 three pointers a night on 36.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Gonzaga is good at the charity stripe as they convert 75.4 percent of their chances this season.
San Francisco Dons Seek Third Straight Win
San Francisco had a battle on their hands but managed to escape with a win over Pepperdine their last time out. The Dons have had a week to prepare for this contest so we’ll see if the extra time paid dividends. San Francisco trailed by five at the half and led by six with under five minutes to play only to find themselves tied in the closing seconds. Frankie Ferrari hit the go-ahead three pointer with 14.2 seconds to play and the Dons got the win. San Francisco shot 48.1 percent from the field, including six of 19 from long range, while holding the Waves to 35.8 percent from the floor. Charles Minlend led the team with 21 points plus seven boards in the win.
— Brandon Graves (@brandon_graves) January 6, 2019
The Dons are racking up an impressive 77.8 points per game this season. San Francisco collects 40.4 rebounds per game and hands out 14.3 dimes a night. The Dons are an impressive 15th in the nation in scoring defense by allowing 61.2 points per game. Charles Minlend leads the team with 15.4 points per game this season. Jordan Ratinho chips in 9.9 points a night, Jimbo Lull chips in 8.9 points plus 6.1 boards per game and Matt McCarthy is good for 10.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest. Frankie Ferrari (13.3 points, 5.7 assists), Jamaree Bouyea, Nate Renfro and Remu Raitanen are all reliable role players for the Dons. San Francisco shoots 47.4 percent from the field this season as a team. The Dons knock down 7.9 three pointers a night while hitting 33.6 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. San Francisco needs to improve at the charity stripe as they convert just 66.3 percent of their attempts.
- Dons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. West Coast Conference foes
- Dons are 0-3-2 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games
- Dons are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win
- Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win
- Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win
- Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is one of those rare games that gives you a little bit of a pause. San Francisco is a perfect 9-0 at home this season and their two losses are by a combined six points. Gonzaga is 1-1 on the road this season but has put the clamps on defensively. After allowing 103 points in a loss in Chapel Hill to North Carolina, Gonzaga hasn’t given up more than 55 points in any of their last six games. That’s the challenge San Francisco has to face. It’s a tough road to travel: give the points and take the Bulldogs here.
Prediction: Gonzaga Bulldogs -8.5
Full-Game Total Pick
San Francisco has been excellent so far this season with their two losses a four point defeat in Northern Ireland to a ranked Buffalo team and a two point road loss at UC Santa Barbara. The Dons are playing terrific basketball but if they want to be taken seriously in the West Coast Conference, Gonzaga is the hurdle they have to overcome. The Bulldogs have been elite for quite a while now and they are the measuring stick for a lot of mid-major conference teams. Can the Dons measure up here or will they find themselves lacking once again?
The under is 6-0 in the Bulldogs’ last 6 overall, 7-0 in their last 7 games following a straight up win, 5-0 in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 6-0 in their last 6 games following an ATS win. San Francisco has seen the under go 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. Gonzaga is fine with slowing things down a bit if need be and making the Dons work on both ends. That helps keep this one under the number.
Prediction: Under 150.5