No. 1 Gonzaga should have little trouble putting away Pepperdine when the pair meet in their West Coast Conference fixture here at McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night at 9:00 pm ET. Live on ESPN and streaming on WatchESPN. LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS
Gonzaga (12-0, 3-0 WCC) comes into this game undefeated and is expected to extend its winning streak against Pepperdine. The Bulldogs, who have won 16 in a row, dating back to last season, enter the matchup as the -27 point favorites in the latest Gonzaga vs. Pepperdine odds from William Hill Sportsbook.
The over-under for total points scored is set at 167, while the money line sees Gonzaga at -7000 and Pepperdine at +1600.
Gonzaga vs Pepperdine
In terms of head-to-head clashes, the Bulldogs have won 22 in a row vs. Pepperdine in Spokane with the last victory for the Waves at Gonzaga being a 65-64 win on Feb. 19, 1998.
Pepperdine (4-5) started the all-time series by winning 26 of the first 31 in head-to-head matchups.
However, the Zags turned things around to dominate the next set of fixtures – winning 54 of 59 since – while winning 39 in a row. Pepperdine’s last win at any venue came in 2002 when it swept Gonzaga in two games.
With its three victories so far, the Bulldogs hold down first in the West Coast Conference, while Pepperdine is playing its first conference game of the season.
Gonzaga routed Portland 116-88 in its last outing with Joel Ayayi registering a career-first triple-double with 12 points, 14 assists, and 13 rebounds.
“I had a feeling it was bound to happen at some point to be honest, and I’m just lucky and thankful it happened today,” Ayayi said after his feat on Saturday.
Ayayi is expected to link up again with the likes of Drew Timme, who scored 26 points in the win, and Corey Kispert, who ended with 23 – to guide the Zags against the Waves on Thursday night.
“I thought we played offense pretty good most of the night. Guys just took what was theirs, especially that top six or seven,” Bulldogs coach Mark Few said.
Freshman point guard and NBA prospect Jalen Suggs, who is averaging 13.8 points, 5.1 assists, and 5.1 rebounds and shooting 53.7% will also provide lots of support.