The No. 17 Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-0) will be at home in McCarthey Athletic Center when they take on the Howard Bison (0-2). Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
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In the Bisons last outing, they lost to the Indiana Hoosiers, 86-77. With 27 points on 8-for-22 shooting, RJ Cole was the top scorer from either team. Indiana had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.607 vs. 0.450). Howard, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (13.5 vs. 14.0).
The Bulldogs come in on a high note after dismantling the Texas Southern Tigers in their last contest, 97-69. Gonzagas Johnathan Williams III had a solid performance, recording 16 points and eight rebounds. Gonzaga played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 50.0 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.563. Texas Southern put up marks of 28.8 and 0.389, respectively, for those same stats.
Gonzaga could dominate on the defensive side of the ball as they battle against one of the NCAAs worst offenses. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Bulldogs rank first in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.411), while Howard is 347th in effective field goal percentage (0.436). Additionally, the Bison, who rank 40th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.291), will face a tough challenge against the Bulldogs, who rank 10th in opponents FTA rate (0.177).
Howard Bison at Gonzaga Bulldogs Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Howard, ATS Winner – Howard, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bulldogs rank 43rd in blocks per game (4.6) while the Bison rank 154th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
- Gonzaga ranks 221st in three pointers attempted per game (19.4) while Howard ranks 269th (18.1).
- Gonzaga averages 41.1 rebounds per game, which ranks fourth in the NCAA. Howard ranks 284th in rebounds allowed per game (38.2).
- The Bulldogs rank 59th in assists per game (15.4) while the Bison rank 309th (9.1).
- Gonzaga averages 6.8 steals per game, which ranks 84th in the NCAA. Howard ranks 203rd in steals allowed per game (6.7).