The Kentucky Wildcats take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Check out our college basketball odds series for our Kentucky Gonzaga prediction and pick.
The college basketball season has got off to an amazing start. From all appearances, both Kentucky and Gonzaga will have trouble matching their NCAA tournament seeds from last season, with Kentucky a No. 2 and Gonzaga a No. 1.
Kentucky and Gonzaga both lost in the past week, and the manner in which these teams lost must be particularly disheartening. Kentucky fell to the state of Michigan while Gonzaga was ousted by Texas.
Let’s talk Michigan State briefly as the Spartans played both teams two weeks into the new season.
Michigan State led Gonzaga by 12 points midway through the second half on November 11 before losing to the Zags by one point. Michigan State trailed Kentucky late but rallied to send the game into overtime and then beat the Wildcats. Based on the way Michigan State played against these two teams, Kentucky seems to have an advantage. However, the Michigan State-Gonzaga game was played outdoors on an aircraft carrier deck. It is risky to get too much out of this game. Michigan State has played Gonzaga, Kentucky and also Villanova this season. The Spartans beat Villanova, so it might seem like Michigan State could be a top seed. That is very possible. However: Villanova also lost against a not very good Temple team, which raises questions about Villanova in the first season of the post-Jay Wright era. Kyle Neptune is now training the VU.
Do you really want to compare results so early in a season? It’s hard to say how important games are, especially when teams learn spontaneously. Kentucky coach John Calipari often endured slow starts but then got his team going in January and February, and Kentucky picked up a high March Madness start at the end of the trip.
Kentucky must be pissed that they let slip a lead against Michigan State. The Wildcats didn’t show good composure there, which is really concerning given their late loss to St. Peter in the 2022 NCAA tournament. This team needs to cultivate toughness, and it’s uncertain if they have what it takes to beat Gonzaga in Spokane.
Gonzaga was crushed by Texas. The Zags committed a lot of turnovers and weren’t sharp on defense. Rasir Bolton is a talented goalscorer for Gonzaga but he was silenced by Texas. The big fear for Gonzaga and coach Mark Few is that Bolton will go hot and cold and not become a regular, reliable player for GU this season.
Another note about the game: This game is in Spokane, but it’s in the Spokane Arena, not The Kennel, the high school on GU’s campus.
Courtesy of FanDuelhere are the Kentucky Gonzaga College Basketball Odds.
College Basketball Odds: Kentucky-Gonzaga Odds
Kentucky Wildcats: +3.5 (-105)
Gonzaga Bulldogs: -3.5 (-115)
Above: 155.5 (-110)
Below: 155.5 (-110)
Why Kentucky could cover the spread
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The fact that the game isn’t in the Kennel should help Kentucky a bit. The fact that Gonzaga doesn’t have Chet Holmgren and is therefore less athletic than last season’s team should help Kentucky even more.
Why Gonzaga might be covering the spread
Gonzaga has suffered a loss, plays in Spokane and has a lot to prove. Expect Gonzaga to come out roaring and displaying more offensive firepower than what he displayed in the Michigan State and Texas games.
Final Kentucky Gonzaga Prediction and Selection
Gonzaga will play a quality game. It’s easier to trust the Zags who accept defeat. You will not lose twice in a row.
Final Kentucky Gonzaga Prediction and Selection: Gonzaga -3.5