Merrimack @ No. 5 Gonzaga
Current Records: Merrimack 4-6; Gonzaga 7-2
What to Know
The #5 Gonzaga Bulldogs will look to defend their home court Thursday against the Merrimack Warriors at 9 p.m. ET. The Bulldogs are out to keep their five-game home win streak alive.
The point spread favored Gonzaga on Saturday, but luck did not. They fell to the Alabama Crimson Tide 91-82. Four players on Gonzaga scored in the double digits: forward Drew Timme (23), guard Julian Strawther (13), forward Anton Watson (10), and center Chet Holmgren (10). Chet Holmgren has also now had at least three blocks in his past five games.
Meanwhile, Merrimack has to be aching after a bruising 76-56 defeat to the Brown Bears on Tuesday.
This next matchup looks promising for Gonzaga, who are favored by a full 31 points. They have failed bettors playing the spread in their past three games, so buyers beware.
Gonzaga is now 7-2 while the Warriors sit at 4-6. A pair of offensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Bulldogs rank second in college basketball when it comes to field goal percentage, with 53.20% on the season. Less enviably, Merrimack is stumbling into the contest with the 354th fewest points per game in college basketball, having accrued only 57 on average. So the cards are definitely stacked against Merrimack.
How To Watch
- When: Thursday at 9 p.m. ET
- Where: McCarthey Athletic Center — Spokane, Washington
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Bulldogs are a big 31-point favorite against the Warriors, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 31-point spread, and stayed right there.
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This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.