The West Coast Conference has some terrific college basketball teams, and there is a big game in the league on Thursday night. The San Francisco Dons are set to visit the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the winner will pick up a huge win for their resume.
San Francisco is coming into this game with an overall record of 15-5, and they had been playing great until their most recent loss. The Dons were just blown out by Saint Mary’s and they must find a way to regroup in a hurry.
Gonzaga is no longer the clear favorite to win this conference, and they have a ton of work to do overall. The Bulldogs have won two straight games this season, and they have improved their record to 13-5 on the year.
Gonzaga is coming into this game as a 9.5-point betting favorite, and the over/under line is set at 151.5 total points.
Dons Want to Defend
The San Francisco Dons will be in hostile territory on Thursday night, and this team has to set the tone on defense. San Francisco is holding opponents to right around 63 points per game, and that will be a huge key in this game.
Not only has San Francisco proven to be a great defensive team this season, but they have also been a very good offensive team. The Dons are scoring close to 80 points per game, and they can make some shots from deep.
Forward Jonathan Mogbo is leading the way with 15.4 points per game this season, and he is going to have to find a way to create some easy buckets.
Bulldogs Are Explosive
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have not been as dominant this season as in years past, but this is still an explosive offensive team. Gonzaga is scoring over 85 points per game this season, and they will be looking to push the tempo.
The Bulldogs have graduated a ton of talent in recent years, and it has been hard for this team to find some consistent scoring threats. Forward Anton Watson is leading the way with nearly 15 points per game, but he will need help as well.
Gonzaga will need to get some stops on defense as well, and that is one area where this team has struggled this season.
Dons Compete; Bulldogs Win
The San Francisco Dons had been on a roll until their most recent game, but now they are traveling to a very difficult environment. San Francisco does have a ton of talent on offense, and they are going to make enough shots to keep this game close.
Gonzaga knows that it can’t afford to lose any more games in this league, and they definitely have to take care of business at home. There is more pressure on the Bulldogs than ever before, but they will get the job done in this game.
Take the 9.5 points and bet on the San Francisco Dons, but it will be the Gonzaga Bulldogs that come up with a win in this game.