The Gonzaga Bulldogs will battle the TCU Horned Frogs on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga (29-5) is the #3 seed in the West Region, and they defeated #14 Grand Canyon University 82-70, led by Julian Strawther’s 28 points. TCU (22-12), seeded #6 in this region, advanced past Arizona State 72-70, thanks to a JaKobe Cade jumper with just a few seconds left on the clock. Now, both schools will look to ride their momentum from Friday to make the Sweet Sixteen.
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Odds
|TCU||+4.5 (-110)||Over 153 (-110)||+170|
|Gonzaga||-4.5 (-110)||Under 153 (-110)||-200|
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Match Details
Fixture: TCU Horned Frogs vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date & Time: Sunday, March 19, 9:40 p.m. EDT
Venue: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Key Stats
TCU scores 105.7 points per 100 possessions, and they’re led by Mike Miles Jr., who averages 17.6 points and just dropped 26 against ASU. Senior Damion Baugh is second in scoring (12.5 PPG), and he’s a great playmaker, dishing out 5.9 assists per game. Fellow senior Emmanuel Miller has been big, too, coming in with averages of 12.3 points and 6.6 rebounds. The Horned Frogs have not shot the ball well in their last four games, but that needs to change as they face tougher competition now in Gonzaga.
Gonzaga is one of the best, if not the best, scoring team in the nation. They lead college basketball with 88 points per game and 52.9% from the field, and they also knock down 7.7 threes on an efficient 38.9% clip. Senior Drew Timme is one of the best players remaining in this tournament, averaging 20.9 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 62.4% overall. Strawther (15.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG) is a key contributor too, and overall there are four Bulldogs that average over ten points. Gonzaga’s ability to take care of the ball is a big reason why they’ve been able to execute so well on offense, as they average only 10.6 turnovers per contest. Tonight, they’ll need to get into a rhythm on offense early, as they usually do, and try to overcome a tough TCU defense.
TCU Horned Frogs vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Betting Prediction
TCU has lost 12 games this year, but their ability to force turnovers has kept them in games all year long. Gonzaga has a reputation for underperforming in the NCAA Tournament, but this year, they’ll try to reverse that trend. The Bulldogs have an extremely well-rounded team, and they’ve gone 8-2 in neutral-site games this year. They’ve only covered three of these, but given TCU’s recent inefficiency issues, back the ‘Zags to win and cover here.
Prediction: Gonzaga -4.5 (-110)
Lucas Abrenica’s NCAA Basketball ATS & ML picks this season are 91-75-3 (+79.7 units)