The IUPUI Jaguars (2-7), who are currently on a five-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they travel to McCarthey Athletic Center to clash with the No. 12 Gonzaga Bulldogs (9-2). Gonzaga is a 27-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 148.5 points. Action gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, December 18, 2017.
IUPUI Jaguars vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Preview
The Jaguars lost to the Washington State Cougars in their last contest, 72-59. Ron Patterson had a solid performance for IUPUI, leading both teams in scoring with 19 points on 7-for-16 shooting. Washington State did an excellent job of making free throws (8-9; 88.9 percent). IUPUI, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 11.1 (better than their season average of 18.3).
In the Bulldogs last game, they topped the North Dakota Fighting Hawks, 89-83. With 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting, Josh Perkins was Gonzaga’s high scorer. Gonzaga dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 42.9 (above their season average of 35.6) and a turnover percentage of 17.2 (worse than their season average of 15.3). North Dakota was 10.3 and 22.3, respectively, for those same stats.
Gonzaga could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their high-powered offense faces off against one of the nations worst defenses. The Bulldogs rank 11th in offensive efficiency, while IUPUI ranks 311th in defensive efficiency since last season.
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. IUPUI games have gone under 62.5 percent of the time, while games featuring Gonzaga have gone over 75.0 percent of the time. The Bulldogs have the substantial advantage straight up (SU) (9-2 vs. 2-7) and a slight edge against the spread (ATS) (4-4 vs. 3-5).
Zach Norvell Jr. has been playing at a high level over the last five games for Gonzaga, averaging 16.8 points and 1.4 steals per game.
IUPUI Jaguars vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Gonzaga, ATS Winner – IUPUI, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bulldogs rank 44th in three pointers attempted per game (20.7) while the Jaguars rank 139th (22.9).
- Gonzaga ranks 39th in steals per game (7.1) while IUPUI ranks 74th (6.9).
- Gonzaga ranks 18th in rebounds per game (40.8) while IUPUI ranks 241st (34.0).
- The Bulldogs rank 22nd in assists per game (15.7) while the Jaguars rank 166th in assists allowed per game (13.7).
- Gonzaga ranks 41st in blocks allowed per game (3.0) while IUPUI ranks 159th (4.1).