Northwestern (24-11) vs. Gonzaga (33-1) Prediction & Game Preview
NCAA Tournament: Northwestern vs. Gonzaga fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, March 18
Game Time: 5:15 ET
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
All You Really Need To Know About Northwestern
The Wildcats came up with an amazing performance to hang on for dear life in the win over Vanderbilt – they’re first NCAA win in their first NCAA Tournament. They beat the Commodores on the boards, but they were really, really awful on the free throw line, hitting just 10-of-18. They can’t do that again and survive.
They’re usually far better hitting free throws, and they don’t shoot enough threes, but they’re in the interior and they play terrific defense that doesn’t take a play off. However, they don’t come up with enough steals, even though they’re always keeping up the pressure.
All You Really Need To Know About Mount Gonzaga
Way too sleepy early on, Gonzaga roared in the second half to blowout South Dakota State 66-46. The Bulldogs hit just about everything inside as the game went on, and destroyed the Jackrabbits on the boards 50-38 – now they’ll have to do even more to keep Northwestern from owning the inside.
Northwestern is strong on D, but Gonzaga is special, holding opponents to just 61 points a game on 37% shooting. They don’t turn the ball over, they move the ball around for the extra shot, and they do just about everything right. They’re the real deal, but they can’t struggle out of the gate like they did in the opening round.
What’s Going To Happen
Northwestern might be a great story and they’ll come up with their big effort, but Gonzaga’s defense is just too good. The Wildcats will go through a long dry spell and won’t be able to bomb their way out of it. It’ll be a solid overall performance by the Bulldogs, pulling away late as the Wildcats miss three after three.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Gonzaga 73, Northwestern 64
Line: Gonzaga -11, 0/u: 136.5
ATS Confidence: 4
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