Gonzaga vs Grand Canyon Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 17 NCAA Tournament Game (Bulldogs Fail to Pull Away)

Gonzaga vs Grand Canyon Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 17 NCAA Tournament Game (Bulldogs Fail to Pull Away)


Gonzaga vs Grand Canyon Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Tournament Game
  • No. 9 Gonzaga (28-5) vs. Grand Canyon (24-11)
  • Date: Friday, March 17, 2023
  • Time: 7:35 PM ET
  • Venue: Ball Arena -- Denver, Colorado
  • Coverage: truTV

The 2023 NCAA Tournament continues on Friday with a thrilling Round of 64 matchup between the No. 14 Grand Canyon Antelopes and No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs. Grand Canyon is in the big dance for the second time in school history, while Gonzaga is making its 13th straight tournament appearance.

Grand Canyon has now won each of its last six games following an 84-66 victory over Southern Utah in the WAC Championship. Meanwhile, Gonzaga earned the WCC title as well as its ninth straight win with a 77-51 victory over Saint Mary's its last time out. Which team advance with a win on Friday?

Gonzaga vs Grand Canyon Odds & Spread

Gonzaga enters this contest as a massive favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:35 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 156.5 points, which is above average compared to Friday's projected totals.

Gonzaga vs Grand Canyon Betting Trends

  • Gonzaga has beaten the spread 14 times in 32 games.
  • The Bulldogs are 6-7 as 15.5-point favorites or more.
  • Gonzaga has played 32 games this season, and 19 of them have hit the over.
  • Grand Canyon has 14 wins in 32 games against the spread this season.
  • Grand Canyon has seen 24 of its 32 games go over the point total.
Gonzaga Rank Gonzaga AVG Grand Canyon AVG Grand Canyon Rank
1st 87.5 Points Scored 75.3 91st
265th 72.9 Points Allowed 66.8 79th
69th 33.6 Rebounds 33.7 62nd
142nd 8.9 Off. Rebounds 8.5 188th
126th 7.8 3pt Made 9 33rd
13th 16.5 Assists 12.6 212th
34th 10.2 Turnovers 11.3 120th

Gonzaga vs Grand Canyon Prediction & Pick

Grand Canyon is one of a few teams in this year's tournament field that could pull off an upset if it gets hot from beyond the arc. The Antelopes rank 23rd in three-point shooting percentage (37.6%) and now face a Bulldogs team that allows a three-point shooting mark of 35.0% (No. 249 in NCAA).

It's inside the arc where Gonzaga will make its mark here as 53.5% of the points Grand Canyon allows per game come from two-point range (No. 277 in NCAA). The Antelopes will have no answer for Drew Timme (6-foot-10, 235 pounds) and the arsenal of offensive moves he possesses around the rim.

Gonzaga has won 10 straight games against a WAC opponent, so trust the Bulldogs to advance.

Final Score Prediction: Gonzaga: 85 | Grand Canyon: 73

Gonzaga vs Grand Canyon Best Bet

The Bulldogs should be able to run away in this game, but covering a 15.5-point spread will be a much harder task to accomplish. Gonzaga is 1-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games played on a Friday and has not won by more than 15 points in three of its last four NCAA Tournament contests.

Grand Canyon enters Friday night 5-1 ATS in its last six games overall and 7-2 ATS in its last nine games as an underdog. Not only that, but the Antelopes are a reliable 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against a WCC opponent. Look for Rayshon Harrison to be the one to keep this game close enough.

Bet: Grand Canyon Antelopes +15.5 (-110)

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