clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

WCC Championship Game preview: No. 2 BYU vs. No. 1 Gonzaga

We go over how you can watch Tuesday’s West Coast Conference title game, as well has how you should be against the spread.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs looks to shoot against Brigham Young Cougars forward Caleb Lohner, left, and guard Spencer Johnson in the second half at Marriott Center.  Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The WCC Basketball Tournament is nearly over. No. 1 Gonzaga has dominated the conference for the better part of the last decade and blew out Saint Mary’s to secure a spot in the title game. The top team in the country is set to face off against BYU on Tuesday. The Bulldogs swept the Cougars during the regular season, and the favorite is likely to make the season series 3-0.

Gonzaga (25-0, 15-0) has won eight of the last 10 WCC titles. It’s already beat BYU by double-digits twice this season, and the Bulldogs’ dynamic offense has hit very few roadblocks this year. Corey Kispert, Drew Timme, and Jalen Suggs can all fill it up on any given night. The Cougars will be hard-pressed to keep up with the highest-scoring team in the country.

BYU (20-5, 10-3 WCC) has won five straight games since its last loss to the Bulldogs, and Pepperdine is the only other stream that’s topped the second-best team in the WCC. Do-it-all guard Alex Barcello will be key to unlocking the Cougars’ potential against the juggernaut that is Gonzaga, but even an all-time performance might not be enough to get the underdog a win.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch No. 2 seed BYU vs. No. 1 everywhere Gonzaga on Tuesday, March 9 at 9 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 -12
Point Total: 154.5

Notes

  • Gonzaga has the No. 1 offense by adjusted efficiency in college basketball according to KenPom.
  • BYU only creates a turnover 16.3% of defensive possessions, a bottom-25 mark in college basketball

The Best Bet

There’s no reason to think Gonzaga won’t continue to dominate college basketball not just in this tournament, but the next one they’re playing as well. They’re ramping up at the right time, and will be the favorite to cut the nets down in Indiana in a few weeks.

The Pick: Gonzaga -12

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL). Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/WV/PA/MI), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (NH/CO), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-888-532-3500 (VA) or call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN). 21+ (18+ NH). CO/IL/IN/IA/NH/NJ/PA/TN/VA/WV/MI only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.