Gonzaga vs. BYU Predictions, Odds

  • February 8, 2021
  • By David Schwab
  • VegasInsider.com

Big Monday’s late night college basketball betting action on ESPN features a West Coast Conference battle between the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs and the BYU Cougars. Game time from Marriott Center is set for 11 p.m. (ET).



Gonzaga-BYU Betting Odds

Line Movements

  • Spread: Gonzaga -11
  • Money-Line: Gonzaga -900 BYU +610
  • Total: 156.5

Odds Subject to Change

The undefeated Bulldogs will put their 18-game straight-up winning streak on the line as -11-point road favorites. The total for Monday night’s game opened at 157 points.

Friday’s 18-point romp over Pacific kept Gonzaga perfect on the year including a SU 9-0 run through the WCC. The Bulldogs failed to cover the 24 points on the road to fall to 3-5-1 against the spread in conference play. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of those nine games.

With an earlier 17-point victory at home, the Bulldogs have won seven of their last eight games against the Cougars SU with a 5-1-1 edge ATS in the last seven meetings. That first game this season ended as a PUSH on the closing spread. It stayed UNDER 164 points.

BYU has won six of its last seven games SU since losing to Gonzaga 86-69 on Jan. 7. It has gone 4-2-1 ATS over that same span. The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in four of the last five outings.

The Cougars are 8-1 SU at home this season with a 5-3-1 record ATS. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six home games.

Betting Analysis – Gonzaga Bulldogs

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

  • SU: 18-0
  • ATS: 8-9-1
  • SU - Home: 11-0
  • SU - Away: 7-0
  • O/U: 8-10

Gonzaga continues to do quite a few things really well during this undefeated run. As the second-highest scoring team in the nation, it has four players each averaging at least 12 points per game.

Forward Corey Kispert tops that list with 19.9 points but forward Drew Timme is a close second with a 18.8-point scoring average. Guard Joel Ayayi (11.7 points) leads the team in rebounds with 7.3 a game.

All this production adds up to 93.3 points and 38.9 rebounds a game. The Bulldogs are shooting an impressive 55.1% from the field with that number dropping all the way to 35% from three-point range.

Defensively, Gonzaga has held opposing teams to 69.7 PPG. Yet, it has not given up more than 62 points in four of its last five games.

Betting Analysis – BYU Cougars

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

  • SU: 15-4
  • ATS: 10-6-2
  • SU - Home: 10-2
  • SU - Away: 5-2
  • O/U: 8-9-1

The Cougars have picked up the pace since that first loss to Gonzaga with a lone three-point loss to Pepperdine as the only setback in their last seven games.

Reserve forward Gideon George led the way in Thursday’s 45-point romp over Portland with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Matt Haarms and guard Brandon Averette each added 15 points to the winning cause.

Guard Alex Barcello remains BYU’s leading scoring this season with 15.2 PPG while shooting 52.4% from the field and 48.6% from three-point range.

Forward Caleb Lohner is pulling down a team-high 6.5 rebounds. The Cougars are averaging 79.2 points with 40.6 rebounds a game. They are giving up an average of 67.7 PPG.

Inside the Stats – Gonzaga Bulldogs

  • PS/G: 93.3 (1st)
  • PA/G: 69.7 (165th)
  • Off Rtg: 123.1 (1st)
  • Def Rtg: 91.9 (28th)

Inside the Stats – BYU Cougars

  • PS/G: 79.2 (41st)
  • PA/G: 67.7 (114th)
  • Off Rtg: 110.2 (43rd)
  • Def Rtg: 94.2 (64th)

Key Players to Watch

  • ZAGA - Corey Kispert (19.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG)
  • ZAGA - Drew timme (18.8 PPG, 6.8 RPG)
  • BYU - Alex Barcello (15.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.6 APG)
  • BYU - Brandon Averette (11.3 PPG)

Gonzaga-BYU Predictions

The Bulldogs were set to play three games in four nights before Saturday’s Santa Clara game was postponed. The added rest gives Gonzaga an added edge to keep things rolling against a team it beat by 17 points a few weeks back. Last season’s stunning 13-point road loss to BYU creates some additional motivation to pull off this season’s two-game sweep.

The Cougars’ current form could keep things a bit more interesting in terms of the spread, but I'm still going chalk on the top team in the nation SU and ATS.

I'm also going with the UNDER on the current total line. Look for Gonzaga to take a more defensive approach to Monday night’s game playing on the road.

  • Score Prediction: Gonzaga 84 BYU 71
  • Best Bets: Gonzaga -11
  • Best Bets: UNDER

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