Gonzaga Bulldogs vs San Francisco Dons - NCAA Basketball Picks

Joe Catalano

Thursday, January 5, 2017 5:56 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 5:56 PM UTC

There has been no doubt that the Gonzaga Bulldogs have been a dominant team thus far this season and they look to continue their winning ways as they look for an NCAA Championship. While the Bulldogs can't let their guard down, they're a double-digit favorite on the road against a San Francisco Dons team which has played well, but has also lost 2 out of their last 3 games.

Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-0) vs San Francisco Dons (11-4) 

San Francisco actually has to play consecutive games against AP Top 25 teams in Gonzaga and St. Mary's and this is what inter-conference play is all about as the Bulldogs and the Gaels are the two dominant teams in their conference. San Francisco has hit a rough patch with a 48 points effort against San Diego State and a 58 point effort in a disappointing upset to Santa Clara. Santa Clara is a team that's under .500 for the season and if the Dons had trouble with the Broncos, the likelihood of them winning tonight's game or even being competitive seems quite slim.

 A Bettor's Best Friend

I have tailed the Bulldogs with my picks and it has been the right way to go. Along with being an undefeated squad, Gonzaga has also covered the spread in a majority of their games. They are 8-2-1 ATS this season.

The bettors have transfer Nigel Williams-Goss (13.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists) and center Przemek Karnowski (12.7 points, 6.3 rebounds) to thank for the profit as both players have been a major presence on the perimeter and down in the paint. When a team possesses a 7 foot 1, 300 pound player with actual skill in Karnowski, this will make the task at hand, difficult for the opponent; San Francisco in this case.

 Inside and Outside Presence

Przemek Karnwoski has played well in his last 2 games and that's difficult when the starters are getting pulled early due to blowouts. He's averaging 17.5 points and 6 rebounds and 2 steals during this period of time. Karnowski surprisingly registered 7 assists in Gonzaga's 81-61 victory over Pacific. He's getting hot at the right time converting on 15 out of his last 21 shot attempts and Karnwoski along with Williams-Goss, should have no problem against a slumping squad in the Dons.

As for Nigel Williams-Goss, he's taken his talents from Washington to Gonzaga and Gonzaga has benefited greatly. Even when his shot isn't falling consistently, he can do so many other things. This is an outstanding "two-way player" and a matchup against San Francisco should provide him with many open looks offensively.

San Francisco has recently shown that they don't have the offense to compete with Gonzaga. This game could get ugly in Gonzaga's favor.

 Free NCAAB Pick: Gonzaga Bulldogs -13Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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