Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Picks, Spread, and Review


Gonzaga Bulldogs are the #7 seed in the East Region and West Virginia Mountaineers are the #10 seed. This has the potential to be one of the best 2nd round match-ups in the 2012 March Madness tournament. West Virginia actually opened as a favorite in the game by -1 point, but most sportsbooks have the point spread at a PK now.

The Bulldogs have a 25-6 record after playing the 39th strongest schedule in the nation. West Virginia has a SOS Rank of 15, which makes them one of the most tested teams in the country. Neither team will be intimidated in this game in the 1st round. It should be a great game, but let’s get down to the match-up and see if we can’t pick a winner to bet on.

Gonzaga average 74 PPG (44th Overall), 37.1 RPG (44th Overall) and shoot .473 from the field (30th Overall). The Zags are a great shooting team that can put up points on most opponents quickly. West Virginia is only 19-13 this season and has been one of the least consistent teams in the nation, but to their credit the team has played one of the toughest schedules.

West Virginia relies on their two big men too much in my opinion. Kevin Jones is a beast on the court and averages 20.1 PPG plus 11.1 RPG this season. Darryl Bryant is also a potent scorer that averages 17.2 PPG, but there is a big drop in offensive output after these two big guys on the Mountaineers.

The Zags get a balanced scoring attack from their team and I think if they can shutdown Jones they’ll easily win. Shutting down Bryant or Jones should ensure a victory for the Zags. Gonzaga is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Big East and they’re going to be hungry this year to prove they can escape the early rounds of the big dance.

The Bulldogs have had some good teams, but they consistently struggle in the March Madness tournament. I’m taking the Zags to advance in this game and will bet them at a PK. Whatever team ends up winning is going to have a huge 3rd round game that will most likely be played against the #2 seed in the East (OSU).

Bet the Gonzaga Bulldogs at a PK

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