West Virginia Mountaineers versus Gonzaga Bulldogs College Basketball Betting Preview

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The NCAA Tournament is in full swing as we have an attractive second round matchup as the West Virginia Mountaineers from the Big East conference will face the Gonzaga Bulldogs out of the WCC tournament on Thursday night in prime time. The Mountaineers and Bulldogs will tip off from Pittsburgh at 7:20PM Eastern Time and its TNT providing the live national television telecast.

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The current betting odds from this NCAA Tournament college basketball game has the game lined at a pick with an over under lined at 133 points. With the game at a pick a money line wager on either the West Virginia or Gonzaga side will return -110 odds.

The site in this NCAA Tournament round game in Pittsburgh will favor the West Virginia Mountaineers side as it is just a short 45 minute drive from their campus to Pittsburgh. The Mountaineers are a 19-13 team and a losing 9-10 this season against the Big East conference. The team was on the bubble but rallied with a key 50-44 road win at South Florida in the final regular season game to greatly aid their chances for an at large bid into the tournament. West Virginia is not a good defensive team for Big East standards this season as they allow opponents 44.6% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are not a good free throw shooting team making just 67.1% from the charity stripe.

Gonzaga earns an at large bid into the dance. They fell to the St Mary’s Gaels in overtime in the WCC conference tournament finals. Gonzaga is a young team and may have difficulty dealing with the physical nature and speed of the Mountaineers. We saw Gonzaga drop a 74-67 home defeat to Michigan St in the non-conference play. Something to look at in this game is how the Gonzaga guards can cover the Mountaineers guards. Can the Bulldog contain their speed and prevent penetration by West Virginia towards the basket? If not it could be a long night for Gonzaga in this spot. Gonzaga will have to win this game behind an offense that ranks 29th in all of college basketball with 47.3% shooting. Gonzaga will get less open looks tonight and will have to show the ability to make shots while heavily guarded.

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