The #16 Southern Jaguars and the #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs are set to do battle in the Second Round. Join us for this and all of our 2013 NCAA Tournament picks here at Cappers Info, as our college basketball handicappers’ picks are hot off of the presses and ready for you to enjoy.
West Region Picks: #16 Southern Jaguars vs. #1 Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, March 21st, 4:10 ET
West Region Location: Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Southern vs. Gonzaga Live on TV: TBS
Second Round Betting Lines
#16 Southern Jaguars +21.5
#1 Gonzaga Bulldogs -21.5
Apologies to the Jaguars and their fans in advance. You don’t belong in the NCAA Tournament. Southern finished second this year in the SWAC, and it very well could have gone on to win the conference title in a fair fight. However, with Texas Southern and Arkansas Pine Bluff academically ineligible for the postseason, there wasn’t a team left in the conference tournament that finished the year anywhere near .500 outside of Southern. And, to make matters worse, the Jaguars needed a late push to hold off Prairie View A&M by a point in a brutal 45-44 game. This is a team that should be playing in Dayton, not in Salt Lake City. Alas, here come the Jaguars anyway, traveling all the way to the Beehive State, where they are going to be at a severe disadvantage playing against a Gonzaga team that should have a huge home court advantage. On top of everything else, the Bulldogs have a chip on their shoulder that the nation disrespects their 31-2 record in the name of, “They haven’t beaten anybody.” As true as that might be, this is a “nobody” as well. The reserves from Gonzaga could play this game from start to finish, and it still wouldn’t be close. We fully expect to see the Zags up by 15-20 at halftime, and then their backups will pull away for an easy cover in the second half. Gonzaga was 5-4 ATS against 20+ point spreads this year, so it has a lot of experience in games such as these.
Southern vs. Gonzaga Free Pick: Gonzaga Bulldogs -21.5
Southern vs. Gonzaga Predictions: Gonzaga 78 – Southern 49