North Dakota State Bison (2-4) vs Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-0)Date : 11/26/2018
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : McCarthy Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
North Dakota State Bison vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
The North Dakota State Bison will travel to McCarthy Athletic Center in Spokane, Washington, to take on the 3rd ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday night. The Bison are coming off their third loss in four games as they suffered a 79 – 61 road loss versus the Buccaneers of East Tennessee State as they allowed their opponent to shoot 59% from the field while also being outrebounded by a margin of 39 – 24 for the contest.
On the other hand, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are coming off a huge 89-87 neutral-site win over the top ranked Duke Blue Devils in their last outing in the Maui Invitational. In this game, Gonzaga picked up an early 8 point halftime lead on the Blue Devils while Duke attempted a rally in the second half by outscoring the Bulldogs 48-42, yet came up short due to a bulldog squad that shot over 50% for the night both from the field as well as from 3-point range. Rui Hachimura Led the team in scoring with 20 points for the night while Zach Norvell jr. chipped in 18 points in the all important victory.
North Dakota State Bison's Latest Performance :
North Dakota has really struggled in 2018 as they are only shooting 44% from the field while allowing opponents to shoot 48% per outing. The defensive effort certainly was not where it needed to be in their last matchup versus East Tennessee State on the road as they allowed the Buccaneers to light it up from the perimeter in shooting 59% for the game along with nailing 9 of 20 three point attempts for the contest. On the other hand, the Bison were able to only shoot 39% from the field while making only 9 of 33 3-point attempts on the night.
Their leading scorer, Rocky Kreuser Led the team with 13 points on the night after going 4-8 from the field while Tyson Ward finished with 11 points on the night as North Dakota State could not translate the momentum gained from a prior win versus the Towson Tigers into an all-important contest versus an East Tennessee State team that has been relatively solid on the year. Nonetheless, they seek to right the ship versus a truly outstanding Gonzaga team that will continue to ride the high of a huge win over Duke in the last outing in which to play even better moving forward.
Gonzaga Bulldogs's Latest Performance :
Gonzaga has blown out each of their opponents this year before matching up against the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils in their last outing. In all, the game was one that would be decided late as the Blue Devils fell short of a second-half rally in falling to the Bulldogs by an 89-87 score in the Maui Invitational Tournament on November 21st. The Blue Devils had no answers for an offense for Gonzaga that shot over 50% from the field for the game while Going 10-19 from long range for the contest.
On the other hand, Gonzaga held the Blue Devils to only 43% shooting along with allowing them to convert 5 – 13 3-point attempts for the game. And while Hachimura And Norvell Jr paced the offensive attack for Gonzaga, RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson paste the Blue Devils with 23 and 22 points, respectively, on the night in which to keep the Blue Devils competitive. Nonetheless, the night would belong to Gonzaga as they will certainly take this momentum into their next match up at home in which to pull out yet another victory.
How North Dakota State Bison & Gonzaga Bulldogs Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
North Dakota state is 2-3 ATS while the OU is 3 – 1
Gonzaga is 5 – 1 ATS while the OU is 5 – 1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be a game where Gonzaga will certainly be able to shine both on the offensive and defensive end. North Dakota comes into this game struggling both on offense as well as on defense and will certainly find it much more difficult to make headway versus a Gonzaga defense that has been solid all season. In all, look for this to be a high-scoring matchup, primarily due to the offensive prowess of the home team in this matchup. Of course, look for North Dakota State to remain competitive in this game for a bit; However, also expect Gonzaga to pull away as the first half comes to a close while cruising to victory in the second. That is, if the Bison are not able to play much more effectively on the offensive end.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Gonzaga Bulldogs
My reason for the pick :
Look for Gonzaga to take control of this game early and often versus a North Dakota State Bison team that has not proven that it can win consistently either at home or on the road this year. In all, Gonzaga is simply the better team at this point in the season and will certainly do their best to establish themselves on both ends of the court en route to obtaining a huge home victory. As stated, the win versus Duke will certainly propel this team to greatness this season as they already possess the talent necessary in which to win it all in March.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
with the way in which the Bison are giving up points at this time in the season along with the over being to play in five of the last six contests for the Bulldogs, expect the over to be the strong play in this matchup as I expect the Bulldogs to light up the score at home in what will be a blowout victory over North Dakota on Monday night. Also, the over has also been the result in three of the last four games for the Bison as they have allowed their opponents to score 80 or more points during this time.
Betting trends for North Dakota State Bison:
- Bison or 4 – 6 ATS in last 10 games
- The over is 3-1 in Bison last 4 games
Betting trends for Gonzaga Bulldogs:
- The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS in last 6 games
- The Over is 5-1 in Bulldogs last six games