March Madness

Georgia State vs Gonzaga Preview

#16 Georgia State

1. 24th in 2P against 2. 16th in steals 3. 4th in blocks

The Panthers have a tough interior defense led by 6-10 Jalen Thomas. They force teams to the perimeter and don't allow good shots inside. 

Strengths

Jalen Thomas (F) - 1.7 BLK, 1.0 STL, 7.7 PTS

#16 Georgia State

1. 338 in 3P allowed 2. 337th in FG% 3. 234th in Assists

However their offense is anemic, and they let in a ton of 3P shots. They depend on turnovers and fast breaks to win games. 

weaknesses

#1 Gonzaga

1. 1st in scoring 2. 1st in DREBs 3. 5th in Blocks

Gonzaga is the best offense in the NCAA, but they also dominate the boards and don't let teams get a second chance.

Strengths

Drew Timme (F)- 17.5 PTS, 6.3 RBDS, 2.7 AST

#1 Gonzaga

1. 263 in turnovers given 2. 273 in personal fouls

Gonzaga's only real weakness is turnovers. In their loss to Duke they had a whopping 17,  but still only lost by 3. They're nearly unbeatable unless a team can force them to give the ball away. 

Weaknesses

Odds

Gonzaga is the clear favorite here and Georgia State are well out of their depth, but there is hope for them to beat the spread. Georgia State's strength is creating turnovers and Gonzaga's weakness is giving them away. 

Gonzaga are -23.5 PT favorites

PREDICTION

We think Georgia State will be amped up to play #1 Gonzaga and will frustrate them to beat the spread. The Bulldogs have slowed down in the late season and might need a wake-up call to get back to peak form. 

Gonzaga wins by 20