Northwestern Vs Gonzaga Line, Expert Pick & TV InfoNoah Williams
The Cinderella story of the 8th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats will face its biggest challenge against top-seeded Gonzaga in the second round of March Madness betting action this weekend.
The Wildcats became just the fourth team seeded eighth or lower to win in their NCAA Tournament debut when they edged Vanderbilt 68-66 on Thursday. The Bulldogs won their opening game for the ninth consecutive season, pulling away in the second half to beat 16 seed South Dakota State 66-46.
The March Madness NCAA Tournament betting odds favor the Zags by 10.5-points to beat the Wildcats. Tip-off is this Saturday, March 18th at 4:15 PM ET on CBS from the Vivint Smart Home Arena, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Northwestern Wildcats Vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Line, Expert Pick & TV Info
What: No. 8 Northwestern Wildcats (24-11) vs No.1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (33-1)
When: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Start Time: 4:15 PM ET
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah
Stadium: Vivint Smart Home Arena
Spread: Zags -10.5
Game Total: 136.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Northwestern vs Gonzaga
Why Bet The Northwestern Wildcats To Beat The Bulldogs
Northwestern earned their first March Madness win in the history of the program by beating Vanderbilt 68-66. They averaged 71.1 points per game (231st) and allowed 65.1 points per game (34th).
Junior guard Bryant McIntosh (14.4 PPG & 5.2 APG) went off against Vandy by scoring 25 points, shooting 10-16 from the field. Sophomore center Dererk Pardon (8.5 PPG & 8.0 RPG) and Junior guard Scottie Lindsey (14.2 PPG & 3.8 RPG) scored 14 points each.
The Wildcats shoot 45.0% from the field (126th) and 35.8% from three-point land (127th). They average 36.2 rebounds (152nd) and 15.3 assists per game (Tied-64th). Dererk Pardon leads the team with 8.0 rebounds and sophomore Vic Law is tops with 1.1 steals per game.
Why Bet The Gonzaga Bulldogs To Beat The Wildcats
The Bulldogs showed why they are one of the betting favorites to win the March Madness NCAA College Basketball Tournament as they beat San Diego State Jackrabbits 66-46 in the first round. During the regular season, they averaged 84.6 points (13th) and allowed 61.2 points per game (7th).
Four players put up double-digits in the win over the Jackrabbits. Senior guard Jordan Matthews (10.4 PPG & 3.2 RPG) scored 16 points as he went 5-11 from the field and 3-9 from three-point land. He added five rebounds.
Gonzaga averages 48.6 % from the field (14th) and 37.8% from three-point land (40th). During the regular season, the Zags averaged 40.3 rebounds (Tied-8th) and 16.0 assists per game (Tied-34th). Junior forward Johnathan Williams leads the team with 6.5 rebounds per game and Junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss is tops with 1.8 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Bulldogs are 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games as a favorite.
- Bulldogs are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall.
- Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
Expert ATS Pick:
Gonzaga has advanced out of the second round each of the last two seasons since falling to 9 seed Wichita State as a 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
I am betting Gonzaga to cover the spread.