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How and what to watch for #11 West Virginia vs. #1 Gonzaga in Jimmy V Classic

The Jimmy V Classic opener puts the #1 team in the country on the court Wednesday night in Indianapolis.

Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Drew Timme and teammates huddle up after they beat the Auburn Tigers during the second half at Suncoast Credit Union Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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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