Gonzaga vs Grand Canyon Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, March 17, 2023

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A first-round NCAA Tournament matchup will see the 14th-seeded Grand Canyon Antelopes (24-11) hit the court against the No. 3 seed Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-5) on Friday at Ball Arena. The contest tips off at 7:35 PM.

The Bulldogs play the Antelopes in a game that Gonzaga is currently a heavy favorite by 15.5 points. The over/under for the game is set at 153.5.

Gonzaga vs. Grand Canyon Odds

Point Spread for Gonzaga vs. Grand Canyon

The spread for this matchup is set at 15.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Gonzaga as the favorite.

Gonzaga vs. Grand Canyon Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Gonzaga has -1612 odds to pick up the win, while Grand Canyon is listed at +890 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 153.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, March 17, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:35 PM ET
  • TV Channel: truTV
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • Arena: Ball Arena

Gonzaga vs. Grand Canyon Betting Trends

In Gonzaga’s 32 games this year, it has 14 wins against the spread. The Bulldogs have been chosen as favorites in 27 games this year and have walked away with the win 24 times (88.9%) in those games. Gonzaga has gone over the point total in 59.4% of its opportunities this year (19 times in 32 games with a set point total).

Against the spread, Grand Canyon is 14-18-0 this season. The Antelopes have put together a 5-5 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 50% of those games). Grand Canyon’s games this year have gone over the total in 24 of 32 opportunities (75%).

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Gonzaga vs. Grand Canyon Key Players to Watch

Gonzaga

Drew Timme is tops on the Bulldogs with 20.9 points per game and 7.4 rebounds, while also posting 3.1 assists. Anton Watson averages 11.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest. Defensively, he posts 1.8 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Julian Strawther is putting up 15.1 points, 1.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game. Nolan Hickman averages a team-leading 3.2 assists per contest. He is also posting 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds, shooting 44.1% from the field and 38.3% from beyond the arc with 1.4 made 3-pointers per game.

Grand Canyon

Gabe McGlothan is the Antelopes’ top rebounder (7.7 per game), and he averages 12.8 points and 0.9 assists. Chance McMillian is putting up 10.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest, making 48.6% of his shots from the floor and 44.6% from beyond the arc, with 1.7 triples per contest. Noah Baumann is putting up 7.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game, making 42.7% of his shots from the field and 42.3% from beyond the arc, with 1.7 treys per game.

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What you need to know about the Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Bulldogs sport a top-25 offense this year, ranking best in college basketball with 87.5 points per game. Defensively, they rank 264th with 72.9 points allowed per contest. Gonzaga is averaging 33.6 boards per game (70th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing 28.4 rebounds per contest (36th-ranked).

With a 38.7% three-point percentage this season, Gonzaga is 11th-best in college basketball. It ranks 125th in college basketball by draining 7.8 treys per contest. The Bulldogs are giving up 8.2 three-pointers per game (290th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing a 34.6% three-point percentage (241st-ranked).

The Bulldogs are 6-4 against the spread and 9-1 overall in their past 10 games. In its past 10 games, Gonzaga has gone over the total eight times. Gonzaga has seen an increase in scoring recently, racking up 90.1 points per game in its last 10 contests, 2.6 points more than the 87.5 it has scored this year. Gonzaga has been slightly better on the defensive end of the floor of late, allowing 72.2 points per game over its last 10 outings compared to the 72.9 it has surrendered per game this season.

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What you need to know about the Grand Canyon Antelopes

The Antelopes are 91st in college basketball in points scored (75.3 per game) and 78th in points allowed (66.8). At 33.7 rebounds per game and 29.4 rebounds allowed, Grand Canyon is 64th and 77th in the nation, respectively.

Grand Canyon is 34th in the nation in 3-pointers made (9 per game) and 14th-best in 3-point percentage (38.4%). The Antelopes are 38th in the nation in 3-pointers allowed (6 per game) and 44th in 3-point percentage defensively (31.2%).

The Antelopes have a 6-4 record against the spread while going 7-3 overall over their past 10 contests. Seven of Grand Canyon’s last 10 contests have gone over the total. Grand Canyon has played better offensively over its previous 10 games, posting 81.7 points per contest, 6.4 more than its season average of 75.3. The Antelopes are ceding 70 points per game in their past 10 games, compared to their season average of 66.8 points allowed.

Gonzaga vs. Grand Canyon Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Gonzaga, and we predict that Gonzaga will cover the spread (Gonzaga -15.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 153.5 points.

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How to bet Gonzaga vs. Grand Canyon

You can bet on Gonzaga vs. Grand Canyon at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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