Expect a shootout when the Texas Southern Tigers (2-5) and the No. 9 Gonzaga Bulldogs (8-1) battle at McCarthey Athletic Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.
Texas Southern Tigers at Gonzaga Bulldogs ATS Preview
The Tigers barely escaped the Lamar Cardinals in their last game, 76-73. With 17 points and five rebounds, Tyrik Armstrong had a good game for Texas Southern. The Tigers had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.396 (above their season average of 0.212) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.519 (above their season average of 0.403).
The last time the Bulldogs played, they were topped by the Michigan Wolverines, 82-64. Killian Tillie was Gonzaga’s high scorer with 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Michigan held the Bulldogs to an effective field goal percentage of 0.446 (below their season average of 0.580). Gonzaga, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.092 vs. 0.032).
The Bulldogs won the lone game against the Tigers last season, 104-67. The Bulldogs dominated every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 and a great free throw rate of 0.310. The Tigers were 20.8 and 0.171, respectively, for those same stats.
Gonzaga figures to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs rank first in offensive efficiency, while the Tigers rank 223rd in defensive efficiency since the 2018-19 season. Furthermore, the Tigers have been among the NCAA’s elite at getting to the line, ranking 42nd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.271). The Bulldogs, however, rank 22nd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.172).
Texas Southern vs. Gonzaga Odds Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Gonzaga, ATS Winner – Gonzaga, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Bulldogs average 5.2 blocks per game, which ranks ninth in the country. The Tigers rank 215th in blocks allowed per game (3.8).
Gonzaga ranks fifth in assists per game (17.7) while Texas Southern ranks 308th in assists allowed per game (15.6).
The Bulldogs rank 18th in rebounds per game (39.5) while the Tigers rank 311th in rebounds allowed per game (39.0).
Gonzaga ranks 61st in steals per game (7.4) while Texas Southern ranks 275th in steals allowed per game (7.6).