The time is here for more of our sparkling CBB picks, as we look at the schedule for basketball for Thursday night. The Gonzaga Bulldogs and BYU Cougars will have it in a nationally televised game, which can be seen on the college basketball TV schedule on ESPN.
Free College Hoops Picks: BYU Cougars @ Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, January 24th, 11:00 ET
Location: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, WA
BYU vs. Gonzaga Live TV: ESPN
If you like high flying basketball, this is going to be the game for you! The Cougars and the Bulldogs are going to be expected to play a high scoring game, and they shouldn’t disappoint. Many might look at the 70-69 game between the Cougs and the St. Mary’s Gaels and think that this one is going to be similar, but this time around, both of these teams’ strengths play into the other’s weaknesses. BYU has a tremendously clutch shooter in G Tyler Haws, who had back to back 30+ point games a couple weeks ago to help spur the Cougs to victories. He is averaging over 21 points per game this year, and we would be shocked if he and F Brandon Davies didn’t combine for at least 40 in this one. Gonzaga meanwhile, is going to take advantage of a bit of an undersized BYU team in the paint. The combination of F Kelly Olynyk, F Elias Harris, C Sam Dower, and C Przemek Karnowski will dominate down low, and there aren’t going to be any good answers from BYU, save for to score more points. BYU was held down to 58 and 63 in two of the three meetings last year with these two teams, and there is no way that that is the case again in this one. Look for the Cougs to approach 70, and this one to fly past the ‘total’.
BYU vs. Gonzaga Pick: Over 148
BYU vs. Gonzaga Prediction: Gonzaga 78 – BYU 75