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How and what to watch for No. 1 Gonzaga vs. BYU

Gonzaga and BYU will meet up for the second time this season. Can the Bulldogs be beaten before the NCAA Tournament?

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Gonzaga forward Drew Timme looks to pass during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stockton, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are now one of just two undefeated teams in college basketball, and they return to the court as double-digit favorites when they match up with the BYU Cougars on Monday evening.

Gonzaga (18-0, 9-0 West Coast) has won every game this season, with all but one by 10 points or more, though they’ve struggled to cover high spreads recently. In the Bulldogs last time out, they beat the Pacific Tigers 76-58 on the road Thursday night. Drew Timme scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor with five rebounds. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 2 in KenPom, with the second-ranked adjusted offensive efficiency and No. 7 defensive efficiency in Division I.

BYU (15-4, 6-2 West Coast) won their last two games including six of their last seven, so the Cougars have been playing well as of late. BYU is coming off a dominant 105-60 road win over the Portland Pilots on Thursday night, where eight players scored eight points or more led by Gideon George’s 19-point breakout performance. Alex Barcello leads the team with 15.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 0.9 steals per game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Gonzaga vs. BYU on Monday, February 8th at 11:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Gonzaga -10.5
Point Total: 155.5
Money line: Gonzaga -625, BYU +460

Betting Splits

Gonzaga: 72% of handle, 57% of bets
BYU: 28% of handle, 43% of bets

  • Gonzaga is 18-0 this season but is 2-5 against the spread in the Bulldogs’ last seven games.
  • Gonzaga is 7-1 straight up in their last eight games against BYU and 5-1-1 against the spread in the last seven in this matchup.
  • BYU is 6-1 straight up in their last seven games and 5-0 straight up in their last five at home.

The Best Bet

There are going to be a ton of points scored, so let’s get after the over. These two teams played on January 7th and the total reached 155. Expect the offenses to be that successful again. BYU has reached at least 95 points in three of their last five games, and Gonzaga might have the best offense in the entire country. The Bulldogs are averaging 93.3 points per game, which is the highest total in college basketball.

Pick: Over 155.5

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