The 2020 Jimmy V Classic features four teams ranked in the top 11 of the current AP Top 25 and the action will begin on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis when the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the No. 11 West Virginia Mountaineers. Both teams enter on impressive winning streaks with Gonzaga winning its last six games dating back to last season and West Virginia winning its last five in a row. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and it should be an intriguing matchup of contrasting styles.
Gonzaga runs an incredibly efficient offense full of capable shot makers and creators, while West Virginia plays typically tough defense under Bob Huggins. The Bulldogs are favored by 8.5-points with the over-under for total points at 153.5 in the latest Gonzaga vs. West Virginia odds from William Hill SportsBook. Before you make any West Virginia vs. Gonzaga picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Gonzaga vs. West Virginia in the Jimmy V Classic 2020. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Gonzaga vs. West Virginia:
- Gonzaga vs. West Virginia spread: Gonzaga -8.5
- Gonzaga vs. West Virginia over-under: 153.5 points
- Gonzaga vs. West Virginia money line: Gonzaga -440, West Virginia +340
- ZAGS: Gonzaga has covered in each of its last three games.
- WVU: The under has hit in 11 of their last 14 games.
Why Gonzaga can cover
The Bulldogs began their season with big wins over Kansas and Auburn to solidify themselves as the top team in the country and they’ve averaged a stunning 96.0 points per game despite the competition level. Sophomore forward Drew Timme is averaging 26.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while senior sharpshooter Corey Kispert is averaging 24.0 points and 5.0 rebounds.
However, perhaps the most important new element to Gonzaga’s offensive success is true freshman point guard Jalen Suggs. The No. 11 overall prospect in the Class of 2020 according to 247Sports is averaging 18.0 points, 7.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game and his ability to create shots for himself and others helps tie Gonzaga’s myriad scoring options together. Gonzaga is also 3-0-1 against the spread in four games against West Virginia in the last decade and they’ve covered their first two games by an average of 6.5 points.
Why West Virginia can cover
West Virginia knows it can’t run with Gonzaga but Huggins also has no intention of trying.