The West Coast Conference Tourney matchup between the San Francisco Dons (22-11, 11-7 WCC) and the No. 2 Gonzaga Bulldogs (29-2, 15-1 WCC) will take place at Orleans Arena. Action gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, March 9, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
San Francisco Dons vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs Free Preview
The Dons dismantled the Pacific Tigers in their last matchup, 72-54. Charles Minlend led San Francisco in scoring with 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting. The Dons had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.610 (above their season average of 0.513), while the Tigers had a free throw rate of 0.194 (below their season average of 0.233).
The last time the Bulldogs played, they beat the Saint Mary’s Gaels, 86-76. Gonzaga received a boost from Filip Petrusev, who led the team in scoring with 27 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Gonzaga played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.2 (below their season average of 33.5) and a free throw rate of 0.278 (above their season average of 0.265). For those same stats, Saint Mary’s put up marks of 20.0 and 0.203, respectively.
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Bulldogs rank 33rd in offensive rebounding percentage (33.4 percent), while San Francisco ranks 25th in defensive rebounding percentage (76.7 percent).
San Francisco vs. Gonzaga Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Gonzaga, ATS Winner – Gonzaga, O/U – Over
The Dons average 7.1 steals per game, which ranks 76th in the nation. The Bulldogs rank 109th in steals allowed per game (6.3).
Gonzaga averages 3.9 blocks per game, which ranks 64th in the country. San Francisco ranks 76th in blocks allowed per game (2.9).
San Francisco ranks 31st in three pointers attempted per game (26.5) while Gonzaga ranks 222nd (19.7).
The Bulldogs rank seventh in assists per game (17.1) while the Dons rank 187th (12.1).
Gonzaga ranks 14th in rebounds per game (40.3) while San Francisco ranks 108th (36.5).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.2, down from 20.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Dons have scored an average of 73.4 points per game (1.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 60.0 points per game (8.4 below their season average).