Thursday college basketball odds: Brigham Young at No. 10 Gonzaga
Off a crushing loss at the buzzer at Butler in the college basketball game of the season, Gonzaga looks to bounce back with another tough non-conference game as the Zags host BYU. Gonzaga opened as a 10-point favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check current lines
Gonzaga lost 64-63 to Butler. Bulldogs forward Roosevelt Jones stole an overthrown inbounds pass with 3.5 seconds left, took a peek at the clock and drove from midcourt into the lane for a buzzer-beating floater for the win as fans stormed the court. Gonzaga (17-2, 4-0 West Coast Conference) didn’t even bother to stick around for the replay review. The Zags knew it was good. The Zags were led by Elias Harris and Sam Dower, who each scored 20. Kelly Olynyk, the West Coast Conference’s top scorer, finished with 14 points and seven rebounds despite spending most of the second half in foul trouble.
BYU (15-5, 5-1) beat San Diego 74-57 last time out. Tyler Haws scored 25 points on Saturday, Brandon Davies added 17 points for BYU. Matt Carlino scored 11 points and dished out six assists and Brock Zylstra scored 10. Nate Austin grabbed nine rebounds. BYU had a 17-0 scoring advantage off turnovers, a 16-2 advantage in fast-break points and a 32-18 edge in points in the paint.
Haws has scored 20-plus points in seven-consecutive games, his longest such streak this season and in his career. During the last seven games, Haws is averaging 25.7 points while shooting .516 from the field, .458 from three and .878 from the free throw line. Matt Carlino has scored in double figures in six-straight games (all WCC games), a career-best streak. During that stretch he is averaging 16.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.8 steals while shooting .449 from the field and .406 from three. His assist to turnover ratio during that time is 2.9 to 1.
BYU went 1-2 against Gonzaga last season, winning 83-73 at home while losing 74-63 at Gonzaga and 77-58 in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament. In the win in Provo, Carlino had 18 points and 5 assists.
WagerWeb.com trends: Cougars are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. Cougars are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Bulldogs are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss. Bulldogs are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. Favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings