March Madness Wagering – (11) Gozanga Bulldogs vs (6) St. John’s
One of the best contests on Thursday in has 11th seeded Gonzaga facing 6th seeded St. John’s. This is going to be the late competition on CBS on Thursday night. St. John’s is a 1.5 point favorite in March Madness lines at the with the total on the game at 135.
(6) St. John’s (21-11 SU, 15-16 ATS)
The Red Storm comes into this match as the 6th seed in the Southeast region. They had an amazing season in the Big East under first year head coach Steve Lavin. They are led by Dwight Hardy who averaged 18 points per game this year. The bad news for St. John’s is that they lost leading rebounder D.J. Kennedy to a season-ending injury in the Big East Competition. His loss is big although St. John’s continues to be effective at winning competitions without him. St. John’s has devoted the tournament to Kennedy and he will be sitting right there on the sideline practically as an assistant coach.
(11) Gonzaga (24-9 SU, 16-12-1 ATS)
This is going to be the 13th consecutive season that Gonzaga has played in the NCAA Championship and this time they are the #11 seed in the Southeast region. They played a challenging schedule this year which included 2 games versus Big East teams. They beat Marquette but lost to Notre Dame. The Zags are led by Steven Gray and Robert Sacre. Gonzaga absolutely has the expertise advantage on St. John’s in this game but that may not mean much thinking about Gonzaga has been a bad team versus the March Madness gambling lines not too long ago in the tournament.
The Bulldogs are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six non-conference matches. The Gozanga Bulldogs are 7-2 ATS in their past 9 vs. the Big East. The Gozanga Bulldogs are 11-5 ATS in their previous 16 games as an long shot. The Gozanga Bulldogs are 1-6 versus the lines in their last 7 NCAA Tournament competitions. The Red Storm are 7-3 ATS in their past ten games overall.
Looking at the total for this game on Thursday we find that the Under is 10-1 in the Gozanga Bulldogs previous eleven non-conference contests. The Under is 19-8 in the Gozanga Bulldogs past twenty seven total. The Over is 5-0 in St. John’s last 5 overall.