The top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs and No. 15 West Virginia Mountaineers decided to play each other on short notice, and they will tip-off Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis as part of the Jimmy V Classic.
Gonzaga has already been tested in each of its first two games against Kansas and Auburn in the Fort Myers Tip-Off. The Bulldogs were originally going to play the Tennessee Volunteers but will face West Virginia instead. In their last game, Gonzaga was led by Drew Timme who finished with a game-high 28 points on 11-16 shooting with 10 rebounds in a 90-67 win over Auburn on Friday. Corey Kispert added 25 points on 9 of 14 shooting for the Zags.
On the other side West Virginia has won its first three games, though not by a sizeable margin against South Dakota State, VCU and Western Kentucky. In their last game Derek Culver led West Virginia with 15 points on 7-12 shooting in a 70-64 win over the Hilltoppers on Friday. The Mountaineers will see a major step up in competition going against the No. 1 team in the country. West Virginia is coming off a season in which it finished 21-10 overall and 9-9 in Big 12 play.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch West Virginia vs. Gonzaga on Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: West Virginia vs. Gonzaga (-8.5)
Point Total: 155.5
Money line: West Virginia (+320) vs. Gonzaga (-420)
- West Virginia is 5-0 straight up in its last five games, and Gonzaga won six consecutive games.
- West Virginia unders cashed in 11 of its last 14 games, and Gonzaga overs hit in 15 of its last 17 games.
The Best Bet
We gotta be honest here: Gonzaga looks unbeatable right now. They dominated in Fort Myers, and were at points throttling down on the #6 team in the country in Kansas. The final score was 102-90, but it could have been whatever Mark Few and five-star freshman guard Jalen Suggs wanted. The Zags have the size and shooting ability to give WVU fits.
Pick: Gonzaga -8.5
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