San Francisco Dons vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs 2022 WCC Tournament Semifinals Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction
The real journey begins here for the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, who are in search of their ninth West Coast Conference title over the past decade. Their first test in the semifinal stage of the 2022 WCC Tournament is the San Francisco Dons, who did put up a good fight against the Zags during their regular-season meeting. Which team will advance to the finals after Monday’s clash in Sin City?
Read on for our odds and preview for the San Francisco Dons vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs WCC Tournament semifinals game below. And for even more college basketball coverage and the latest happenings from across the entire sporting world, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
2022 WCC Tournament: San Francisco Dons vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs preview and odds
Where: Orleans Arena, Paradise, NV
When: Monday, March 7, 2022, 9:00 PM ET
Odds: San Francisco Dons (+12) vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs (-12); over/under: 154.0
Where to Watch: ESPN
What to know about the San Francisco Dons
San Francisco Dons vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs betting odds for San Francisco: +12
With a 75-63 win over the BYU Cougars, the San Francisco Dons escape the first round of the 2022 WCC Tournament relatively unscathed to set up Monday’s rematch against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. San Francisco hasn’t been part of the national tournament since 1998, and this year’s squad helmed by head coach Todd Golden is certainly making a good case for their bid at The Big Dance come Selection Sunday.
The graduating backcourt tandem of Jamaree Bouyea and Khalil Shabazz was outstanding against the boys from Brigham Young. Bouyea finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Shabazz had team-highs of 22 points and five three-pointers made for USF.
The Dons’ loss to Gonzaga this regular season was also preceded by a loss to BYU. They could avenge their back-to-back defeats this Monday if they’re to stay close with the Zags like in the first meeting, with the Bulldogs barely escaping with a four-point win on their own homecourt. San Francisco’s chances also improve slightly considering Gonzaga’s untimely loss to another WCC contender in Saint Mary’s Gaels.
What to know about the Gonzaga Bulldogs
San Francisco Dons vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs betting odds for Gonzaga: -12
There hasn’t been such a dominant force in college basketball of late as the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs, who finished the 2021-22 regular season with the best record in Division I at 24-3. A top-10 offensive unit through and through, Gonzaga ranks second in the nation in points scored (88.3 PPG), fifth in assists (18.3 APG), and ninth in rebounding (42.3 RPG).
Veteran forward Andrew Timme is having another banner season for the Zags having secured the WCC Player of the Year award just recently after averaging 17.6 points per game. Meanwhile, rookie center Chet Holmgren is also in the running for the John R. Wooden Award along with Timme, as Holmgren finished with dazzling averages of 14.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3.6 blocks per contest.
However, the Bulldogs did stumble in their final game of the regular season, losing by 10 points to true WCC rival Saint Mary’s to snap their 17-game win streak. However, the fact that the Zags went that long before faltering in the regular-season finale is a testament to head coach Mark Few’s prowess in guiding the boys from Spokane to another strong showing in preparation for what could be their 10th straight WCC Tournament Finals appearance all the way to the national tournament ahead.
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San Francisco Dons vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs betting trends
- San Francisco is 8-3 in its last 11 games (6-5 ATS). The point total went over in five of the team’s last seven outings.
- Gonzaga is undefeated in 23 straight meetings against the Dons dating back to 2013. However, the Zags are just 13-10 against the spread in those games.
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What’s your San Francisco Dons vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs WCC Tournament semifinals prediction?
It’s hard to bet against Gonzaga given the team’s enduring winning run against USF. Then again, the Bulldogs have fared relatively well against the Zags ATS-wise, including their spread-covering defeat from the regular season. As such, San Francisco should have its fair share of backers, especially with the Bulldogs losing momentum entering the conference tourney.
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