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Washington Could Keep It Close Against Ranked Gonzaga

This in-state rivalry between No.7 Gonzaga and Washington will be slightly more intriguing for College Basketball spreads than in other seasons. Gonzaga has taken the last seven games of this series, winning last season 77-60, but things seem a little more even this time.

In the Bulldogs’ last game, they faced Arkansas-Pine Bluff, getting a 111-71 win in a dominating performance in preparation for a more formidable opponent. The Huskies also picked up a win in their last outing, beating Montana State 85-61, getting a win after losing the previous game.

Washington Could Keep It Close Against Ranked Gonzaga
Washington Could Keep It Close Against Ranked Gonzaga

The Bulldogs are 5-point favorites and the over/under sits at 160 points.


Gonzaga Will Need To Get over a Test

Gonzaga has performed like most College Basketball predictions expected. Despite losing one of the top players in the nation going into this season, Drew Timme, the Bulldogs have retooled, with a 7-1 record ahead of this matchup.

Instead of like recent seasons, when Gonzaga relied on Timme’s production, the team is now replacing him as a whole. The Bulldogs have five players averaging over 10 points per game, with Anton Watson (14.8) leading the way. On top of that, Ryan Nembhard, who is fourth in points per game at 12.5, controls the offense, averaging 5.6 assists per game.

Gonzaga’s offensive versatility was put on full display against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, scoring over 110 points for the second time this season.

Five players were in double figures for the Bulldogs, led by Braden Huff, who had 19 off the bench in 15 minutes. Huff also grabbed seven rebounds, five on the offensive end.

Graham Ike also had a big game, scoring 17 points with 9 rebounds in 17 minutes.

However, despite the team success for Gonzaga, there might be some concern in NCAA Basketball spreads. The Bulldogs have faced one ranked team, losing to Purdue, which was second in the country at the time.

The only other tests for Gonzaga have been UCLA and USC, and it won both of those games. Facing Washington will be another challenge to help figure out where Gonzaga is.

Washington Has Talent To Make Things Interesting

Despite Washington not having a marquee win, and losing in most games against quality opponents, there is still a lot of talent on this team to shift college basketball odds. Over the last six games, the Huskies have lost to San Diego State in overtime and to a ranked Colorado State. They also lost Nevada, having been favored in that game.

Still, the stats of individual players speak for themselves. Keion Brooks Jr. leads the Huskies in scoring (20.3) and rebounds (7.9), being a force in the interior while also hitting 1.1 threes per game. Sahvir Wheeler leads the team in assists per game at 6.9 and is second in scoring at 16.1.

Finally, while Paul Mulcahy is not scoring the ball too often, 8.6 points per game, he is still averaging 6.1 assists.

Brooks struggled in the win over Montana State, scoring nine, but Franck Kepnang came alive for 16 points and 11 rebounds. Furthermore, Wheeler had 14 points, while he and Mulcahy combined for 12 assists. All this talent is a big reason why Washington has a chance in College Basketball lines against Gonzaga.

Even if Washington does not win or keep this game close, it has the talent for the potential of a back-door cover. This does rely on the Huskies’ core players having success, but they have shown the ability to do that so far this season.


Gonzaga vs Washington Game Information

  • Game: Gonzaga (7-1) vs Washington (5-3)
  • Location: Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle, WA
  • Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 9, 11:00 p.m. ET
  • Gonzaga vs Washington Live Stream: TBS.com


Gonzaga vs Washington Betting Lines


Gonzaga vs Washington Best Bet

Gonzaga has played better teams this season, but Washington does pose an interesting threat to the ranked team in College Basketball picks. The Huskies have the talent to go toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs and make things interesting.

This will be Gonzaga’s first true road game, which opens the door more for a Washington cover.

College Basketball Best Bet: Washington +5



Questions Of the Day

Which Gonzaga player is most likely to score the most 3-point shots in the first half?

Two players on Gonzaga are attempting more than four threes per game, making over 35% of them: Nolan Hickman and Dusty Stromer.

Which Gonzaga player is most likely to surprise everyone in this match?

Ryan Nembhard has been a great player for Gonzaga, and he could be in for a big scoring night.

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