Gonzaga vs TCU Prediction Experts Picks, 03/19

Gonzaga vs TCU Prediction Experts Picks, 03/19

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Preview

In the second round of the Men's Basketball Championship - West Region, the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The odds are stacked against TCU, who are currently facing a 5-point spread, according to the latest PickCenter analysis. However, TCU has a strong track record of exceeding expectations, and we believe that they will keep the game close and possibly even pull off an upset.

 

Gonzaga Bulldogs:

The Gonzaga Bulldogs had a fantastic regular season, finishing with a 29-5 record and going 14-2 in WCC play. They are led by forward Drew Timme, who averages 20.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs' offense is one of the best in the country, averaging 87.4 points per game on 52.9% shooting from the field and 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. They also excel on the boards, averaging 36.6 rebounds per game.

Gonzaga has been a top team all season, and their impressive stats and recent form reflect this. They won their last ten games, including an 82-70 win against Grand Canyon in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Gonzaga's offense is a force to be reckoned with, and they will undoubtedly be a tough opponent for TCU.

 

TCU Horned Frogs:

The TCU Horned Frogs had an up and down regular season, finishing with a 22-12 record and going 9-9 in Big 12 play. They are led by guard Mike Miles, who averages 17.6 points per game. TCU's offense is solid, averaging 75.1 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field and 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. They are also a solid defensive team, holding opponents to an average of 70 points per game.

TCU is coming off a hard-fought win against Arizona State in the first round of the NCAA tournament, winning by a score of 72-70. They will need to continue their strong play if they hope to keep up with Gonzaga in the second round.

 

Betting Trends

TCU are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of TCU's last 5 games.

TCU are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.

TCU are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the West Coast conference.

The total has gone UNDER in 12 of TCU's last 13 games played in March.

Gonzaga are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.

The total has gone OVER in 8 of Gonzaga's last 11 games.

Gonzaga are 10-0 SU in their last 10 games.

Gonzaga are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games against an opponent in the Big 12 conference.

Gonzaga are 16-1 SU in their last 17 games played in March.

 

Prediction

Despite being heavily favored, Gonzaga will not have an easy time against TCU. The Horned Frogs have shown that they can compete against top teams, and their solid offense and defense should keep them in the game. While Gonzaga's offense is impressive, TCU has the ability to slow them down and keep the game close.

Ultimately, TCU will keep the game within five points, covering the spread. Their defense will be key in this matchup, as they will need to limit Gonzaga's scoring opportunities. Mike Miles will also need to have a strong game, as he will be crucial in TCU's offensive efforts.

In conclusion, while Gonzaga is the favorite in this matchup, TCU has the ability to keep the game close and potentially pull off an upset. This game will be an exciting matchup between two talented teams, and fans can expect a high level of play from both sides.

 

PICK: TCU +5.5 (-110)

 

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