North Dakota State Vs Gonzaga NCAA Tournament Spread & Final Score Prediction

North Dakota State Vs Gonzaga NCAA Tournament Spread & Final Score Prediction

North Dakota State Vs Gonzaga NCAA Tournament Spread & Final Score Prediction

The 15th-ranked and 17.5-point underdog North Dakota State Bison are hoping for a whole lotta luck against the second-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs today at the KeyArena in Seattle Washington.

Gonzaga is 4-1 against the spread in its last five March Madness round of 64 games, but none of those games involved a NCAA Tournament betting spread as high as the one in tonight’s tilt.

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North Dakota State Bison Vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Spread & Final Score Prediction

Matchup: (15) North Dakota State Bison vs (2) Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Mar. 20, 2015 
Start Time: 9:50 p.m. ET 
Location: Seattle, Washington
Stadium: KeyArena
TV Info: TNT
Stream: TNT Overtime
Radio: North Dakota State Vs Gonzaga
Point Spread: Bulldogs -17.5

North Dakota State Projected NCAA Tournament Starting Lineup:

  • G Lawrence Alexander, 6-3, Sr., 18.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg
  • G A.J. Jacobson, 6-6, Fr., 11.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg
  • G Kory Brown, 6-4, Jr., 8.2 ppg, 4.9 apg
  • F Carlin Dupree, 6-3, So., 7.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg
  • F Chris Kading, 6-8, Jr., 5.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg
  • Coach: David Richman (first season)

Gonzaga Projected NCAA Tournament Starting Lineup:

  • G Kevin Pangos, 6-2, Sr., 11.6 ppg, 5.0 apg
  • G Gary Bell Jr., 6-1, Sr., 8.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg
  • F Byron Wesley, 6-4, Sr., 10.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg
  • F Kyle Wiltjer, 6-10, Jr., 16.6 ppg, 5.8 rp
  • C Przemek Karnowski, 7-1, Jr., 10.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg
  • Coach: Mark Few (16th season)

The Bison enter this meeting with five wins in their last six games, beating South Dakota State in the Summit League Championship to reach the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. North Dakota State is led by senior guard Lawrence Alexander (18.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.8 APG) and freshman guard A.J. Jacobson (11.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.8 APG), and their team average 64.5 points per game (247th), 9.7 assists per game (332nd), shooting 43.0% from the field (202nd). Their defense allows 61.6 points per game (54th) and gets 33.6 rebounds per game (213th). The Bison ended the season with a 23-9 record, 14-14 against the spread, and lost two of the three games they played against teams that earned a berth in the 2015 March Madness.

Gonzaga won 32 of their 34 games this season, posting a 16-13-2 against the spread record, 7-2 against teams that made the tournament. The Bulldogs score 79.1 points (10th), shooting 52.4% from the field (1st), and recording 16.5 assists per game (6th), led by junior forward Kyle Wiltjer (16.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.9 APG), and senior guard Kevin Pangos (11.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.0 APG). Their defense average 61.6 points per game (54th) and grabs 37.9 rebounds per game (30th).

“Obviously, we’ve got our hands completely full,” Bison coach David Richman said. “They’ve got size, skill, multiple kids that can shoot it, depth, and they’ve got Mark Few. “To have a field-goal percentage difference of 14 (Gonzaga shoots .524 and allows .384), that’s a huge difference.”

The Bison are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 Friday games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games as an underdog, but 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog of 13.0 points or greater.

The Bulldogs are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win, 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games as an underdog, but 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.

NCAA Tournament Final Score Prediction: North Dakota State 53-74 Gonzaga.