Bet VCU Mountaineers Vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Sweet 16 OddsJosh Bailey
The top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs are still on track to complete their stated mission of winning the 2017 national championship, but things figure to get tougher for the Zags in a big way when they take on the fourth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers in their intriguing Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday.
Do any of these two college hoops teams have a shot at winning the NCAA Basketball Tournament title? Will the Bulldogs win and advance or will the Mountaineers help Bob Huggins get another step closer to winning a national championship?
Let’s find out now.
How To Bet The West Virginia Mountaineers Vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds & TV Info
What: No. 4 West Virginia Mountaineers (28-8) vs No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs (34-1)
When: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Start Time: 7:39 PM ET
Where: San Jose, California
Stadium: SAP Center at San Jose
Spread: Gonzaga -3
Moneyline: West Virginia +135 vs Gonzaga -155
Game Total: 148.5
Stream: Watch TBS
Listen: West Virginia vs Gonzaga
Why Bet The West Virginia Mountaineers Odds at +3
There’s several good reasons to bet on West Virginia in this matchup even though a whopping 61 percent of the betting public likes Gonzaga to win and advance. West Virginia has won five of their last six games and eight of 10 overall with their only losses coming against a pair of legitimate title contenders in Iowa State and Baylor. The Mountaineers got past Bucknell in their opener but looked fantastic in dispatching a very good Notre Dame ballclub 83-71 in their second round matchup on Saturday as Jevon Carter scored a team-high 27 points and Daxter Miles added 18 points to get the win.
Why Bet The Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds at -3
There’s plenty of reason to bet on Gonzaga seeing as how they’ve been super consistent in winning five straight while suffering just one loss this season. The Bulldogs overpowered South Dakota State in their opener but struggled to put way a Northwestern team until getting an incorrect call late down the stretch in their 79-73 second round win. Player of the Year candidate Nigel Williams-Goss scored a team-high 20 points while Zach Collins and Jordan Matthews both added 14 points in the win.
VCU Mountaineers Vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Pick & Final Score Prediction
I know Gonzaga is clearly the superior statistical team at both ends of the floor.
When it comes to neutral site play, West Virginia has a 1.2-point scoring while giving up just 1.4 points more per game than the Zags. More importantly, West Virginia has the decisive edge in athleticism and plays an up-tempo pressing style that I believe will disrupt Gonzaga’s offensive flow.
While West Virginia has gone 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win and Gonzaga has gone 5-2 ATS in their last seven non-conference games., I’m going with the Mountaineers to pull off the stunning upse over the top-seeded Bulldogs.