Gonzaga vs TCU Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 19 NCAA Tournament Game (Bulldogs Elevated By Strong Start)

Gonzaga vs TCU Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 19 NCAA Tournament Game (Bulldogs Elevated By Strong Start)


Gonzaga vs TCU Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Tournament Game
  • No. 9 Gonzaga (29-5) vs. No. 22 TCU (22-12)
  • Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023
  • Time: 9:40 PM ET
  • Venue: Ball Arena -- Denver, Colorado
  • Coverage: TBS

Sunday, March 19's 2022-23 NCAA Tournament schedule features Round of 32 action as the No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs face the No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs in West Region action.

TCU was involved in a close game with No. 11 Arizona State, but ultimately walked away with the win after JaKobe Coles hit the game-winning shot with three seconds left. On the flip side, Drew Timme and Julian Strawther combined for an impressive 49 points to lead Gonzaga to an 82-70 win over No. 14 Grand Canyon.

So, will it be Gonzaga or TCU moving on to the Sweet 16 once the dust settles?

Gonzaga vs TCU Odds & Spread

Gonzaga enters this contest as a favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9:40 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 156.5 points with both sides being available at -110 odds.

Gonzaga vs TCU Betting Trends

  • Gonzaga is 14-19-0 against the spread this year.
  • The Bulldogs' ATS record as 4.5-point favorites or more is 11-16.
  • There have been 19 Gonzaga's games (out of 33) that hit the over this season.
  • TCU has 16 wins in 34 games against the spread this year.
  • The Horned Frogs are 4-3 as 4.5-point underdogs or greater.
  • TCU has seen 16 of its 34 games hit the over.
Gonzaga Rank Gonzaga AVG TCU AVG TCU Rank
1st 87.4 Points Scored 75.1 94th
263rd 72.8 Points Allowed 68 118th
64th 33.7 Rebounds 33.3 86th
140th 8.9 Off. Rebounds 10.3 39th
135th 7.7 3pt Made 5.5 338th
16th 16.4 Assists 16.1 18th
37th 10.3 Turnovers 11.5 142nd

Gonzaga vs TCU Prediction & Pick

One of the reasons why TCU nearly lost on Friday was due to it giving up 40 points to Arizona State in the first half. Unfortunately for Jamie Dixon's team, Gonzaga is one of the best teams — if not the top one — when it comes to strong starts. The Bulldogs average the most first-half points (42.3) with a plus-9.1 scoring margin at halftime (No. 3).

TCU has issues keeping things close when the odds aren't on its side, going 1-5 ATS in its last six outings as the underdog. Meanwhile, Gonzaga is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games as the favorite and has won 15 of its last 20 meetings with a Big 12 opponent.

TCU has the potential to be a great team, but the fact that it barely got by ASU is concerning. Gonzaga is the clear-cut better team and its offense will be too much for the Horned Frogs to handle.

Final Score Prediction: Gonzaga: 81 | TCU: 75

Gonzaga vs TCU Best Bet

With there being limited markets at the time of writing, I'm going with Gonzaga at -4.5 as the best bet. TCU is just too inconsistent against the spread, going 1-4 ATS in its last five outings while failing to cover in each of its last five matchups with the WCC.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have covered in four of their last six outings. Don't overthink this: Gonzaga will get the job done.

Bet: Gonzaga -4.5 (-110)

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