Last Updated Jan 21, 2022, 3:23 PM

San Francisco Dons vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Predictions, Picks, Odds

The San Francisco Dons (15-3, 2-1 WCC) travel to meet the Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-2, 3-0) at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. on Thursday in a West Coast Conference battle. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:00 p.m. ET, and the game can be viewed on CBS Sports Network.

SCORE PREDICTION

Gonzaga 95, San Francisco 74

BEST BETS

Gonzaga -15.5 (-110) at Bet365

Over 160.5 (-110) at Bet365

SAN FRANCISCO DONS VS. GONZAGA BULLDOGS PREDICTIONS

The Dons of San Francisco are looking to rebound after a 71-69 setback at home against BYU, but it's a rather tall order against the high-flying Bulldogs of Gonzaga. San Francisco is 2-2 SU/1-4 ATS across the past four games overall. USF shot just 32%, or 21-of-65, from the field, while hitting 13%, or just 3-of-23, from behind the 3-point line. The good news is that the Dons managed to hit 24-of-28, or 86%, to stay in the game. San Francisco turned it over 11 times to just 12 for BYU, while the Dons edged the Cougars 36 to 34 in rebounding.

The Bulldogs of Gonzaga have just been ridiculous lately on offense, going for 110 or more points in each of the past three games. Gonzaga has won seven in a row since a loss to Alabama on a neutral floor, and there doesn't appear to be anybody in the West Coast Conference who is going to be anything more than a speed bump. Last time out at Santa Clara, a good team, the Zags rolled up a 115-83 win to cover a 16.5-point number. Six players went for double-digit point totals, while Drew Timme dropped 32 points to go along with eight rebounds on 14-of-18 shooting, while Chet Holmgren had a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards to go along with two blocked shots.

SAN FRANCISCO DONS VS. GONZAGA BULLDOGS BETTING ODDS

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SAN FRANCISCO DONS VS. GONZAGA BULLDOGS BETTING RESOURCES

  • Matchup: WCC
  • Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
  • Venue: McCarthey Athletic Center
  • Location: Spokane, Washington
  • TV-Time: CBSSN - 11:00 p.m. ET

SAN FRANCISCO DONS BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 15-3
  • ATS: 5-12
  • O/U: 8-9

The Dons failed to cover against BYU at home, and San Francisco is just 1-3 ATS across the past four outings, while going 2-6 ATS in the past eight outings, and 3-10 ATS across the past 13 overall. After a hot start, San Francisco is 2-2 SU in the past four games overall with loss to the Cougars and Loyola-Chicago.

San Francisco has been horrific against the number lately, going 10-25 ATS in the past 35 games overall dating back to last season, too. They're 1-5 ATS in the past six as an underdog, while going 3-7 ATS in the past 10 as a road underdog. The Dons have failed to cover in seven straight on the road, while going 2-7 ATS in the past nine against teams with a winning overall record.

The UNDER is 4-1-1 in the past six road games, while going 3-1-1 in the past five on the road against teams with a winning home mark. The OVER is 7-2 in the past nine against teams with a winning overall record, too.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS BETTING ANALYSIS

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 14-2
  • ATS: 9-7
  • O/U: 8-8

The Bulldogs have cashed in five of the past six games overall, all as double-digit favorites. The only non-cover during the span was a 93-63 win over North Alabama as a 34-point favorite as the OVER connected on Dec. 28. Gonzaga has scored 93 or more points in each of the past five outings.

For totals, the OVER has connected in four in a row, and four straight as a favorite, too. The OVER is 7-2 in the past nine games against teams with a winning overall record, too.

In this series, Gonzaga has won 21 straight meetings since a 66-65 win by San Francisco in the Bay Area back on Feb. 18, 2012. Last season, the Zags swept the series by a combined winning margin of 31.0 PPG.


San Francisco has failed to cover its past seven road outings. (AP)

INSIDE THE STATS - SAN FRANCISCO DONS

  • Record: 15-3
  • VI Ranking: 41
  • PS/G: 77.4 (58th)
  • PA/G: 65.5 (91st)
  • ORtg: 109.5 (58th)
  • DRtg: 92.7 (61st)

INSIDE THE STATS - GONZAGA BULLDOGS

  • Record: 14-2
  • VI Ranking: 1
  • PS/G: 90.9 (1st)
  • PA/G: 66.4 (117th)
  • ORtg: 121.0 (2nd)
  • DRtg: 88.4 (21st)

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • SF: Jamaree Bouyea - G (17.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.6 SPG)
  • SF: Yauhen Massalski - F (14.1 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 61.7 FG%)
  • ZAGA: Chet Holmgren - C (13.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 3.4 BPG, 2.1 APG)
  • ZAGA: David Timme - F (18.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 65.5 FG%)

SAN FRANCISCO DONS VS. GONZAGA BULLDOGS BETTING CONCLUSION

The Bulldogs haven't fallen to San Francisco in nearly 10 calendar years, and it's not going to happen on Thursday night, either. Gonzaga is humming along with triple-digit point totals in the past three games, cashing in each of the games with double-digit spreads. It's rather surprising that the Bulldogs aren't favored by more points in this one. Take advantage.

Nobody has been able to stop Player of the Year candidate Drew Timme, as he has exploded for 30 or more points in each of the past two games, and three times overall this season. It's offense vs. defense, as USF allows only 65.5 PPG on the season. But that's against regular teams, not a high-octane offense like the Bulldogs. It will be a win when San Francisco holds Gonzaga from getting triple digits. That's about all the Dons are going to win on Thursday in Spokane.

SAN FRANCISCO DONS VS. GONZAGA BULLDOGS BETTING TRENDS

  • San Francisco is 10-25 ATS in the past 35 games overall.
  • San Francisco is 0-7 ATS in the past seven road games.
  • San Francisco is 1-5 ATS in the past six as an underdog.
  • San Francisco is 2-7 ATS in the past nine vs. winning teams.
  • Gonzaga is 5-1 ATS in the past six games overall.
  • Gonzaga is 5-1 ATS in the past six as a favorite.
  • The UNDER is 4-1-1 in the past six road games for San Francisco.
  • The OVER is 7-2 in the past nine vs. winning teams for San Francisco.
  • The OVER is 5-2 in the past seven as a road 'dog for San Francisco.
  • The OVER is 4-0 in the past four games overall for Gonzaga.
  • The OVER is 4-0 in the past four as a favorite for Gonzaga.
  • The OVER is 7-2 in the past nine vs. winning teams for Gonzaga.
  • The favorite is 6-2 ATS in the past eight meetings.
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