For the final time as a member of the West Coast Convention, the BYU males’s basketball group will host Gonzaga on Thursday night time on the Marriott Middle. The Zags, undefeated in WCC play, are ranked no. 8 within the newest AP ballot. Under is a recap of the analytical projection for BYU-Gonzaga.
Prediction by Ken Pomeroy
KenPom, the business chief in school basketball analytics, is anticipating a comparatively shut sport between BYU and Gonzaga. Kenpom offers BYU a 34% likelihood to tug off the upset with a projected ultimate rating of 77-72 in favor of the Zags.
In its most up-to-date rankings, KenPom has BYU ranked no. 75 and Gonzaga is simply outdoors the highest 10 at no. 13.
BYU’s protection may have its fingers full Thursday night time. Gonzaga is without doubt one of the greatest offensive groups in school basketball. The Bulldogs scored over 85 factors per sport and averaged 52% taking pictures from the sector. They’re ranked no. 4 within the nation in adjusted offensive effectivity by KenPom. Gonzaga’s offense towards BYU’s protection was an entertaining matchup. By the identical measure of effectivity, BYU’s protection is without doubt one of the greatest within the nation. The Cougars rank twenty eighth in adjusted defensive effectivity.
The sport will doubtless be selected the opposite finish of the ground the place BYU has struggled to attain persistently. BYU has scored 75 factors per sport this season, though the scoring common has dropped to 68 factors per sport in WCC play. The Cougars might want to rating properly above their common to upset the Zags on Thursday.
BPI is not too optimistic about BYU’s possibilities towards Gonzaga. BPI offers the Cougars a 25% likelihood to beat the Zags at dwelling.
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BYU-Gonzaga bought out
The BYU ticket workplace introduced Monday that the BYU-Gonzaga basketball sport is bought out. That is the primary sale of the season. Tickets can be found on the market by Stubhub’s secondary market.
In an interview over the weekend, Gonzaga star Drew Timme described the BYU scholar part as “superb” and the Marriott Middle as “among the finest locations to play.” He additionally teased that the anticipated banter he’ll obtain on Thursday night time will not embody any cuss phrases.
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