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NCAA Tournament Betting – North Dakota State Needs “Triple-Action” to Deal an Upset to Gonzaga

  • Updated: March 20, 2015
  • NCAA Tournament Betting – North Dakota State Needs Triple Action to Deal an Upset to Gonzaga

    By Charles Jay

    The Gonzaga Bulldogs may have their best team ever this season. They are very versatile, in that they can defeat opponents from the inside were the outside. They have bruising big men in the kind of guard play that can help a team go far. They are also the #2 seed in the South Region. On Friday night they will face off against the #15 seed, the North Dakota State Bison, in NCAA Tournament betting action that gets underway at 9:50 PM ET at the Key Arena in Seattle. After the game, Vietbet customers can have their fill of great betting options while the game is in progress through Live Betting Extra.

    NCAA Tournament Betting – North Dakota State Needs Triple Action to Deal an Upset to Gonzaga

    Gonzaga was 32-2 straight-up on the season, and they were 16-13 ATS. They were easy winners of the West Coast Conference tournament, and their reward for having such a great season is that they get to play their early games not far from their home base in Spokane, WA.

    North Dakota State finished 23-9 straight-up, and they were 14-13 against of the basketball pointspread. They were the winners of the Summit Conference, scoring a thrilling win over South Dakota State in the finals. They are returning again to the tournament, and were certainly not intimidated by the atmosphere last time around, as they pulled off a nice 80-75 upset over Oklahoma before losing in the next round to San Diego State.

    In the NCAA Tournament betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at Vietbet, Gonzaga is a sizable favorite:

    Gonzaga Bulldogs -18
    North Dakota State Bison +18

    Over 128.5 points -110
    Under 128.5 points -110

    Without question, Gonzaga will have a considerable size advantage. And they really know use it. Start with 7′ 1″ Przemek Karnowski, may not be a huge shot-blocker in the middle but takes up a lot of space. He is one of four Bulldog starters averaging in double figures. The most effective player on this team, however, might be Kyle Wittjer, a 6′ 10″ transfer out of Kentucky who is the team leader with 16.7 points per contest. Which are is one of those guys you can go inside or outside, and he is deadly accurate, which is really in keeping with the rest of the squad, which is the best shooting team, statistically, in the country at 52.4%. Backcourt stars like Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. have the kind of savvy and experience that make Gonzaga a genuine threat.

    Vietbet patrons may not have seen much of North Dakota State, or anything at all out of them this season, but they are an interesting squad in the respect that they start, in effect, four guards. And they will shoot a lot of threes. Lawrence Alexander is the ringleader of sorts, as he has made 44% of his attempts from beyond the arc, and he was a big hero in last year’s upset of Oklahoma as he scored 28 points. This team gets the ball and shoots it; they do not exhibit a whole lot of ball movement, as evidenced by their standing of 326th in the country in assists.

    And when they are overmatched, they are REALLY overmatched. They lost one-sided decisions this season to Texas and Iowa by a combined 66 points. And when they were ousted by San Diego State in last year’s Big Dance, it was by a score of 63-44. Do not expect the Bison to bang on the boards and get second chances in this one. They really need to be very accurate in their long-range shooting.

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