Take West Virginia +3 vs. Gonzaga for NCAAB Picks

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 3:16 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 3:16 PM GMT

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are set to play their first true road game of the 2013-14 campaign, as they take on the West Virginia Mountaineers Tuesday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball lines for this non-conference affair at the WVU Coliseum, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Streaking

Gonzaga has won its last four games by a double-digit margin since suffering its only loss to the Dayton Flyers on Nov. 25, including an 80-68 victory over the New Mexico State Aggies as 13.5-point home favorites last Saturday.

The Bulldogs have three starters averaging in double figures, with junior guard Kevin Pangos leading the way in scoring 19.8 points a contest.

The program has won 11 of its last 12 true road games dating back to the 2012-13 campaign.

Just missing

West Virginia is 6-3 SU through nine games—failing to cover the spread in its three losses by an average of just 3.6 points.

The Mountaineers have alternated wins and losses over their last four contests, as they attempt to bounce back from an 80-71 setback to the Missouri Tigers as 6.5-point road underdogs last Thursday.

Attacking the glass

College basketball handicappers need to realize that the Bulldogs are crashing the boards on both ends of the floor, as they’ve grabbed 35 offensive rebounds over their last two games.

Gonzaga is also the top shooting team in the country in knocking down 54.9 percent of its shots, including 47.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Success in December

The Mountaineers have dropped their last 13 games versus ranked opponents, but they’ve compiled a 51-1 SU record in their last 52 home games in the month of December.

It’s also important to point out that West Virginia’s average margin of victory at this venue under Bob Huggins is 15.4 points per game.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Mountaineers for their college basketball picks, as the Bulldogs have gone 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 road games following three or more consecutive home games.

College Basketball Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers +3

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