Baylor vs. Gonzaga Pick
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Date/Time: December 28th, 9:00 pm EST
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Point Spread: Gonzaga -9
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The next team to try their hand at the Kennel in NCAA basketball betting festivities comes to Spokane on Friday night, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs play host to the Baylor Bears.
Baylor has only played one legitimate road game this year, but that road game was a tremendous one, a 64-55 win at the Kentucky Wildcats. The team has also lost a pair of home games though, and for as great as that win in Lexington was, the defeats at home against the Northwestern Wildcats and Charleston Cougars are equally suspect. Baylor has a tremendous offense with the ability to get the job done against any team in America. The club is shooting 47.9 percent from the floor on the season, ranking in the Top 25 in the land. G Pierre Jackson is a tremendous point guard, averaging 19.0 points and 6.7 assists per game, but he is only one of the four men for the Bears that are averaging at least 10.2 points per game. Keep a very close eye on both F Cory Jefferson and C Isaiah Austin, both of which are averaging 8.7 boards per game. Austin is averaging 13.9 points and 1.0 blocks per game, while Jefferson is accounting for 13.2 point and 2.5 blocks per game.
Gonzaga has just one defeat this year, an 85-74 loss to the Illinois Fighting Illini here at the Kennel back on December 8th. There have been just two games since that point, a 68-52 win over the Kansas State Wildcats and a 74-52 victory over the Campbell Fighting Camels. Of course, none of those games have come since December 19th, which gives the Zags nine days off between outings. Five players are averaging at least 9.3 points per game, led by F Elias Harris, who is good for 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. This is a veteran team, led by G Kevin Pangos as well, though he is clearly short of his goals this year at just 9.9 points and 3.8 assists per game. Head Coach Mark Few knows when push comes to shove that he has a team that can really kick it into gear, and he hasn’t used this squad at its fullest potential quite yet. No one is averaging even 30 minutes per game at the moment, but the team is still shooting over 52% from the floor as a club.
We’re going to have to lay some points for sure, but in the end, we think that the Zags are the better choice. Just because Illinois came to the Kennel and won doesn’t mean that Baylor has the ability to do the same thing. The Bears are just too inconsistent for our tastes, and inconsistent play here in Spokane just isn’t a good combination. Gonzaga 88 – Baylor 80
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