The IDAHO ST and the GONZAGA will both be gunning for a victory on 11/6/2018 at 9:00 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
IDAHO ST vs GONZAGA
When: 9:00 PM ET, Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Where: McCarthey Athletic Center, Spokane, Washington
|799||IDAHO ST||-27.5 (-110)||153 (-110)|
TV: 9:00 PM
PREDICTION: GONZAGA , IDAHO ST
Oddsmakers currently have the GONZAGA listed as -27.5 point favorites versus the IDAHO ST, while the game’s total is sitting at 153.
Fourth-ranked Gonzaga opens the season without one of its top players when it hosts Idaho State on Tuesday. Junior forward Killian Tillie underwent surgery on his right ankle to repair a stress fracture last week and will be sidelined approximately eight weeks.
Tillie, who averaged 12.9 points last season, is one of the reasons the Bulldogs are so highly ranked despite aggravating a previous ankle injury during a recent practice. “It’s been hurting for a while,” Tillie told The Spokesman-Review. “It wasn’t really bad so I was just playing through it, but the last week it was really bad.” Gonzaga is looking to reach the NCAA Tournament for the 21st consecutive time with last season’s foray ending with a loss to Florida State in the Sweet 16. Idaho State has just one winning campaign in the past 15 seasons and is predicted to finish eighth in the Big Sky.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ROOT (Gonzaga)
ABOUT IDAHO STATE (2017-18: 14-16): The Bengals don’t figure to be able to keep the game close, but coach Bill Evans is eager for the challenge. “I’m really excited,” Evans told the Idaho State Journal. “We’re going up to play a really good team in a really great environment, and it’s exciting to me. I don’t fear Gonzaga. I don’t fear other teams. Sometimes, other teams are more talented, but that doesn’t mean you have to fear anybody, and I don’t fear anybody.” Idaho State’s top players are junior swingman Jared Stutzman and junior guard Brandon Boyd, who shared the team leadership by averaging 14.9 points last season.
ABOUT GONZAGA (2017-18: 32-5): The loaded Bulldogs have three other returning players who averaged in double digits last season in sophomore guard Zach Norvell Jr. (12.7 points per game), senior guard Josh Perkins (12.3 points, 5.3 assists) and junior forward Rui Hachimura (11.6). Perkins (83) and Norvell (77) combined for 160 3-pointers last season and both players recorded over 40 steals — 44 for Perkins and 42 for Norvell. Gonzaga has two transfers who are expected to be strong contributors in senior guard Geno Crandall (16.6 scoring average at North Dakota last season) and junior forward Brandon Clarke (17.3 average at San Jose State in 2016-17).
1. The Bengals hold a 33-25 series lead over the Bulldogs but the last meeting was during the 1996-97 season, shortly before Gonzaga turned into a national power.
2. The Bulldogs have won more than 30 games in four of the past six seasons.
3. Stutzman made a Big Sky-leading 52 percent of his 3-point attempts last season.
PREDICTION: Gonzaga 104, Idaho State 66