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Pick on the total for Gonzaga-BYU on January 12

VSiN’s Greg Peterson goes over the best betting options for Thursday’s college basketball matchup between the BYU Cougars and Gonzaga Bulldogs

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs find themselves in unfamiliar territory; following up a pair of comeback-from-behind wins in conference play entering Thursday’s road game against the BYU Cougars.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. BYU Cougars (-6.5, O/U 152.5 )

The offense is clicking for the Bulldogs, as they have scored at least 77 points in eight straight games, ranking 11th in the country in points scored on a per-possession basis while playing at the normal, fast pace.

The Bulldogs rank 29th in the nation in total possessions per game while the Cougars rank 39th, but they have been slowing down recently.

BYU has played its last three games with an average of four possessions fewer than their season average and has allowed 66 points or fewer in each of the past eight games.

Before this recent stretch, BYU allowed at least 70 points in eight of their first 11 games and has still had difficulty guarding the 3-point arc, ranking 163rd in the country in opponent 3-point percentage.

Gonzaga enters Thursday in the opposite form on defense, ranked 188th among Division I teams in points allowed on a per-possession basis, having surrendered at least 75 points to each of their last five Division I opponents.

The Cougars offense has had its struggles this year due to turnover issues, ranking 340th in the country in turnovers on a per-possession basis, but facing a Bulldogs defense that is 181st in turnovers forced on a per-possession basis should help them reduce this number.

With Gonzaga ranking 16th in the country in 3-point percentage away from home and having scored at least 78 each of the last nine times they have faced BYU, Thursday’s matchup will include plenty of action and points.

The Play: Gonzaga vs. BYU Over 151

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