Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs (1) against Saint Mary’s during an NCAA college basketball game in Moraga, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
- No. 1 Gonzaga will attempt to stretch its season winning streak to 20 games in a WCC game at San Francisco at 6 pm ET Saturday
- San Francisco has lost 20 straight in the series, since a 66-65 last-second home victory over the Bulldogs on Feb. 18, 2012
- Check the odds, analysis and betting predictions below.
No. 1 Gonzaga (19-0, 10-0 WCC) will attempt to extend three streaks when it concludes its season series with San Francisco (10-9, 4-5) on the road at 6 pm ET on Saturday.
The Bulldogs are seeking to become the first team in NCAA Division I to reach 20 victories this season, and with a victory would extend their two-season winning streak to 24. Gonzaga has won 20 straight over the Dons, and they are the overwhelming favorites once again.
Gonzaga vs San Francisco Odds and Picks
|Gonzaga Bulldogs||N/A||-17 (-110)||Ov 156 (-110)|
|San Francisco Dons||N/A||+17 (-110)||Un 156 (-110)|
Odds taken Feb. 12th from Fanduel
The Bulldogs dominate the NCAA charts despite being ranked No. 2 behind Baylor in the NCAA net rankings. The Bulldogs lead Division I in scoring (92.7 points per game), field goal percentage (54.9 percent) and two-point field goal percentage (64.3).
One of college basketball’s most consistent programs and a heavy favorite to win their first NCAA Championship, the Gonzaga Bulldogs (@ZagMBB) are ready to settle their unfinished business 😤 https://t.co/RYx62iK5MH pic.twitter.com/bhYON6Z1Xn
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 12, 2021
Gonzaga is second in Division I scoring margin (plus-23 points per game), third in assists (19.3 per game) and seventh in assist/turnover ratio at 1.6:1.
The ‘Zags also dominate the KenPom ratings. They are No. 1 in adjusted efficiency margin ahead of Baylor and Michigan and they rank second to Iowa in adjusted offensive efficiency. Gonzaga No. 5 in adjusted defensive efficiency. Alabama is first, Baylor is third.
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Gonzaga presents so many problems because it has so many weapons. Senior forward Corey Kispert and freshman guard Jalen Suggs are consensus first-round picks in the 2021 NBA draft, according to draft projections, and Suggs is ranked among the top five on three draft boards.
Kispert leads the WCC with a 19.5 scoring average, and sophomore center Drew Timme is second at 18.9. Guards Suggs(14.4), Joel Ayayi (11.3) and Andrew Nembhard (9.3) are among the WCC leaders in most major offensive categories.
— Gonzaga Basketball (@ZagMBB) February 1, 2021
Timme leads the WCC in field goal percentage at 62.5 percent and Kispert is second at 56.5. Kispert leads with 57 3-pointers and is first in three-point field goal percentage at 48.3.
Suggs is first in the league in steals at 2.18 per game and Nembhard is first in assist/turnover ratio at 3.5:1. Ayayi and Timme are 4-5 in rebounding. Ayayi has one of 11 triple-doubles in Division I this season.
By the Numbers
Gonzaga is 5-8-1 ATS when favored by 16 points or more this season and has been under the total in eight of its last 10 games.
The Zags covered a 19-point spread in an 85-62 home victory over San Francisco on Jan. 2 but are 2-5-2 ATS since then. The Dons are 3-6 ATS in league play, 1-3 at home. San Francisco is 3-5 straight up and ATS since its first game against Gonzaga, covering in all three wins and failing to cover in all six losses.
Gonzaga has won 16 consecutive games by double digits, the longest streak within a season by an AP No. 1 team since UNLV won 19 games in a row by 10 or more in 1990-91. San Francisco is 0-6 against AP No. 1 teams.
Kispert had 26 points and the Bulldogs shot 52.6 percent in their 85-62 home victory over San Francisco. Bouyea had 18 points for the Dons, who shot 38.9 percent and were out-rebounded 40-25.
The Dons lost to Gonzaga twice by four points last season, 83-79 at home and 81-77 at the WCC Tournament.
San Francisco Will Play Its Second Game Following a Coronavirus Stoppage
San Francisco has played only twice in 23 days, both losses. It was forced to postpone three games because of COVID-19 issues in its program before a 76-68 loss to Pepperdine on Wednesday.
The Pepperdine game was its first after a two-week pause following a home loss to Saint Mary’s on Jan. 23. Pepperdine scored 51 points in the second half against the Dons and overcame a 13-point deficit.
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The Dons’ leading scorer, 6-2 senior guard Jamaree Bouyea, suffered an apparent leg injury in the first half of the Pepperdine game and played only five minutes in the second half. Bouyea, who averages 16.7 points per game, had four points against the Waves.
Junior guard Khalil Shabazz (16.2) had 20 points against Pepperdine. Shabazz and Bouyea rank third among WCC pairs in scoring. Gonzaga’s Timme and Kispert are first.
The pick: San Francisco +17.5 (-115)
Jack has covered college and professional sports for various Arizona media outlets and has written for the AP, USA Today and Baseball America, among others. He staffed the 2015-17 World Series and has staffed four Super Bowls.