Gonzaga is one of those teams that college basketball betting fans have to consider when it comes to the NCAA Tournament as they’re arguably the strongest mid-major program in the country, although teams like Xavier and Memphis will have something to say about that.
Notre Dame (5-2) at No. 18 Gonzaga (4-0)
When: 11:15 PM ET, Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Where: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington
Odds: Gonzaga -10, O/U 137 (-110)
Irish vs. Bulldogs Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
*CBB ATS Matchup Report*
College Basketball Betting – Bulldogs Face Tricky Visit From Fighting Irish
All the Bulldogs can do is keep taking down schools from major conferences, and they’ll get a chance on Wednesday when Notre Dame comes to town.
The Fighting Irish (5-2) halted a two-game skid with an 84-59 romp over Bryant University, jumping out to a 19-point lead at halftime and they never looked back in South Bend.
Eric Atkins led the way with 18 points and nine assists, while Jerian Grant added 12 points, 11 boards and seven assists for the Fighting Irish, who were playing their first game without forward Tim Abromaitis, who tore his ACL.
The Fighting Irish are going to be hard-pressed to challenge in the Big East without Abromaitis, but that just means that others will have to step up, and Atkins has been excellent so far in early-season play, so don’t count them out as an online wagering darkhorse.
The No.19 Bulldogs (4-0) rolled to a 78-58 win over Western Michigan in a game that was labeled as a neutral-site affair, but it was still in Spokane, where Gonzaga’s campus is located.
Turnovers were the story as the Bulldogs scored 25 points off of 22 Western Michigan turnovers, and they were also running into a tired team that had yet to play at home six games into the season, but Gonzaga took care of business and that’s all they really needed to do, especially in the second half.
Gonzaga should be the online betting favorites in the second half of this home-and-home series after losing 83-79 at Notre Dame last season.
The Fighting Irish have lost a few good players from that squad, while Gonzaga has improved and they’ve got good crowd support. The Fighting Irish are still learning to gel and they haven’t played well outside of South Bend as they were routed by Missouri on a neutral court, as well as losing to Georgia.
While beating Notre Dame isn’t as big as it was last year when they had a better team, the Bulldogs can still sway some voters with a win over a decent Big East team and they should be able to outwork the Fighting Irish in all aspects of the game as they avenge last season’s loss.
Lean towards the Gonzaga Bulldogs at home with your sports bet.
NOTRE are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Wed. games.
Under is 12-4-1 in NOTRE last 17 road games.
Under is 6-2 in NOTRE last 8 Wed. games.
GONZ are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big East.
Under is 12-5 in GONZ last 17 non-conference games.
Under is 15-7-1 in GONZ last 23 home games.