How to Bet on Gonzaga vs SMU
The Gonzaga Zags head out of the WCC to take on #16 SMU in a non-conference game in Dallas on Saturday night, with tipoff set for 10:00pm Eastern time. The Mustangs (20-5) are coming off their first home loss of the year, falling in an upset to Tulsa. The Zags (20-5) are coming off a 92-66 rout of Portland. Both of these teams are in first place in their respective conferences. Let’s take a look at this NCAAB Betting matchup.
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Gonzaga vs SMU NCAAB Betting Lines and Game Info
Why Should You Bet on the Mustangs?
It would be easy to pick Gonzaga to come down to Dallas and knock off SMU. After all, when SMU lost at Houston, they followed that up with a 34-point win at South Florida, the program’s biggest road win since the 1916-17 season. Nic Moore did score 27 points for the Mustangs, but they committed a ton of turnovers and looked absent-minded at times on the boards. After their earlier losses, they rebounded in big fashion the next game, and Gonzaga is a red-letter opponent on the board as the seniors (Moore, as well as Markus Kennedy) look to up their NBA stock and leave the program on a high note.
Why Should You Take Gonzaga?
One of the weaknesses that SMU has had all season is their interior game. In both of their games against Houston, for example, they surrendered a huge advantage on the board. Gonzaga has Domantas Sabonis (the son of Arvydas Sabonis, one of the most fluidly dominant big men of all time), and he feasts on opponents who don’t do enough to bolster their interior defense. Sabonis has seven double-doubles in his last eight games. Kyle Dranginis is dangerous from the outside, as is Kyle Wiltjer, who knocked down five threes against Portland. Temple beat SMU with its stellar three-point shooting (and that was a factor for Tulsa as well on Wednesday), so Gonzaga is strong in areas that the Mustangs have a weakness.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
SMU’s motivation is clearly waning in the wake of the end of their unbeaten season, since their NCAA sanctions keep them out of any postseason play. However, I like them to follow form and come hard and heavy after a loss. I’m picking the Mustangs to win, 80-74.