The Wildcats and Bulldogs are set to face off at 4:00 ET on CBS. The Bulldogs will host the game at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. In this non-conference matchup, Kentucky is favored by -6 against Gonzaga. The over/under for the game is 169.5 points.

KENTUCKY WILDCATS VS GONZAGA BULLDOGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Gonzaga Bulldogs +6

This game will be played at Rupp Arena at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.

WHY BET THE GONZAGA BULLDOGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Not only will Gonzaga pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +6.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 169.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can the Wildcats Live Up to the Hype on the Road?

Entering this game, Kentucky is 16-6 overall, including a 6-4 record in Southeastern Conference play. They have gone 10-2 in non-conference games, and they are 5-2 on the road this season.

So far, Kentucky has been favored in 18 of their 22 games, going 14-4 in those contests. Over their last 10 road games, the Wildcats have gone 7-3.

Against the spread, Kentucky has gone 12-10 this season. On the road, they are 4-3 vs. the spread. As the favorite, their ATS mark is 9-9, including a 1-2 record in their last three games as the favorite.

So far this season, the over/under record for Kentucky games is 17-5 and today’s line of 169.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (156). The over/under record in their last three games is 3-0 and over their last three games, the average scoring total is 188 points.

Kentucky’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 109 points against Vanderbilt. They had an overall field goal percentage of 55.4% and made 12/12 free throws. For the season, the Kentucky offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 49%. So far, they have hit 54% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 10.2 made three’s per contest.

The Wildcats’ defense is presently ranked 296th nationally, allowing an average of 78.3 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 8.9 threes per game vs. Gonzaga. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.2%.

Does Gonzaga Have What it Takes to Win as Home Underdogs?

After a win over Portland, Gonzaga is 17-6 overall and 8-2 in West Coast Conference play. So far, the Bulldogs have been the favorite in 20 of their 23 games, going 16-4 in those contests. At home, Gonzaga is 11-4 this season, and they have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home.

On the year, the Bulldogs have gone 5-2 on the road, and they have won their last three games away from home. However, Gonzaga is 0-2 as the underdog this season, and they are the underdog today against Kentucky.

As the underdog this season, Gonzaga is 0-2 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS record is 10-12 and at home, it is 7-8. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Bulldogs are 4-6.

This season, the over/under record in Gonzaga games is 9-13. So far, 19 of their games have finished with less points than today’s line of 169.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 145 points.

Gonzaga is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 96 points versus Portland. This output is higher than their season-average of 84.7 points per game. The team’s scoring leader is Graham Ike, who holds an average of 15 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Anton Watson is averaging 14.8 points per game this season.

This season, the Gonzaga defense has been impressive, holding the 71st position in the country while permitting an average of 67.6 points per contest. Against Portland in their most recent game, the Gonzaga defense gave up a total of 64 points while allowing Portland to hit 55% of their shots.