Gonzaga (7-2) at Washington (7-2)
When: Sunday, December 10th 2017
Where: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, WA
Time: 8:00 ET | TV: Pac-12 Network
Opening Odds: Gonzaga -9.5/153
Both the Gonzaga Bulldogs and Washington Huskies are coming off games against highly-ranked opponents – with varying results – and the in-state-rivals will meet on Sunday night in Seattle. The No. 13 Bulldogs looked over-matched Tuesday night in an 88-72 Jimmy V Classic loss to fourth-ranked Villanova at Madison Square Garden, while the Huskies stunned No. 2 Kansas 74-65 in Kansas City the next night, knocking the Jayhawks from the unbeaten ranks. Gonzaga never led again after taking an early 9-6 lead over Villanova and had few answers defensively for guard Mikal Bridges (career-high 28 points). The Wildcats shot 51.7% from the field, including 10-of-21 from 3-point range. It marked the first time in their last 65 games that a Bulldogs opponent has shot better than 50 percent from the floor. The loss was Gonzaga’s second of the season, one more than they had all of last season during their 29-1 regular season run. Washington, meanwhile, has turned things around this season under new coach Mike Hopkins and are 7-2 after a 9-22 season a year ago. Against the Jayhawks, Washington shot 48.3% while frustrating the Jayhawks on the other end of the court with an extended 2-3 zone defense. Washington holds a 29-16 series lead, but Gonzaga has won 10 of the last 11, including 98-71 in Spokane a season ago.
Redshirt freshman guard Zach Norvell Jr. was about the only Zag to show up against Villanova, scoring a career-high 22 points. Norvell is the reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week, averaging 20.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists over his last three games. Senior forward Johnathan Williams seems to be going in the opposite direction as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer (14.7 per game) has scored only 39 total points in the four games since recording a career-high 39 against Florida on November 24th in the PK80 Invitational. Guard Josh Perkins (14.4 points), forward Killian Tillie (11.7) and guards Silas Melson (11.1) and Corey Kispert (10.4) also are averaging double figures for Gonzaga, which is tied for 10th nationally with 90.6 points per game.
The Huskies have reeled-off five straight victories since back-to-back losses to Providence (77-70) and Virginia Tech (103-79) in the pre-Thanksgiving 2K Classic in New York. Guard Matisse Thybulle led the way with a season-high 19 points, including 5-of-8 from 3-point land against Kansas and, at 12.1 points per game, is one of four starters averaging double figures. Freshman guard Jaylen Nowell leads the team with 17.8 points while forward Noah Dickerson is averaging 16.0 and a team-leading 8.7 boards per game. The Huskies are 14th nationally in free throws made and are tied for 24th with 8.8 steals per contest.
Washington is coming off one of their biggest wins in years and should have a lot of momentum on Sunday for their date with Gonzaga. The Zags are the better team, but are not as good as last year’s squad. The Huskies will keep this one close and cover the spread.
Pick: Washington +9
- Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
- Bulldogs are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Bulldogs are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS loss.
- Bulldogs are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Bulldogs are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 road games.
- Bulldogs are 24-11-2 ATS in their last 37 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Bulldogs are 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 games overall.
- Bulldogs are 19-9-2 ATS in their last 30 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Bulldogs are 5-20-1 ATS in their last 26 road games following three or more consecutive home games.
- Huskies are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Huskies are 6-16-1 ATS in their last 23 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Huskies are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games.
- Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Huskies are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Huskies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- Huskies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. WCC.
- Over is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 overall.
- Under is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 road games following three or more consecutive home games.
- Over is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Over is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 non-conference games.
- Under is 4-1 in Bulldogs last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Over is 4-1 in Bulldogs last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Under is 7-2 in Bulldogs last 9 games following a ATS loss.
- Under is 6-2 in Bulldogs last 8 vs. Pacific-12.
- Under is 5-2 in Bulldogs last 7 road games.
- Over is 7-3 in Bulldogs last 10 games following a straight up loss.
- Under is 10-2 in Huskies last 12 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Under is 5-1 in Huskies last 6 Sunday games.
- Over is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 vs. West Coast.
- Over is 4-1 in Huskies last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Under is 21-7 in Huskies last 28 overall.
- Under is 5-2 in Huskies last 7 games following a ATS win.
- Under is 7-3 in Huskies last 10 games following a straight up win.
- Over is 17-8 in Huskies last 25 non-conference games.
- Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
- Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Washington.
- Favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
- Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
- Road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings.