As the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have high expectations.
On Thursday, they will face off against the Georgia State Panthers, who won the Sun Belt Conference tournament to punch their ticket to the Big Dance.
Georgia State is playing with house money in this one, with nearly nobody thinking they can win this game. However, we have seen a 16-seed win once before, and Georgia State is coming into this one off the back of 10 straight wins.
Let’s take a closer look at this Gonzaga vs Georgia State matchup, giving you the best odds and bets to place.
Gonzaga vs Georgia State Odds
Gonzaga vs Georgia State CBB gameday odds are current as of 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 15, and courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.
- Moneyline: Gonzaga (-15000) vs Georgia State (+2500)
- Spread: Gonzaga -23.5 (-110) vs Georgia State +23.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: Over 149.5 (-110) / Under 149.5 (-110)
- Implied Score: Gonzaga 86.5, Georgia State 63
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Gonzaga vs Georgia State Prediction
After losing in the National Championship last year, the Bulldogs came into this season with something to prove. So far, they have lived up to the hype.
Gonzaga’s offense is still among the best in the country, however, they now boast a solid defense with an intimidating rim protector in Chet Holmgren.
Gonzaga is experienced and plays their style of basketball to perfection. A big reason their chemistry is so solid is they have had each of their five starters play in every game this season.
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Georgia State has a solid big man themselves in Eliel Nsoseme, who is a big reason why the Panthers turned their season around.
Still, the talent differential in this game is pretty astounding. To beat Gonzaga, you have to outshoot them, which I don’t think Georgia State can do.
The Georgia State defense has improved as the season has gone on. I think they can be annoying to Gonzaga early, however, the Bulldogs will eventually pull away while playing rock-solid defense.
Gonzaga vs Georgia State Score Pick
Gonzaga 81, Georgia State 64
Gonzaga vs Georgia State Best Bets
Under 149.5 (-110) at Caesars
WAGER: 2 Units
Again, the Georgia State defense has improved as the season has gone on and the Gonzaga defense is also very good. Look for the shot-blockers to steal a few possessions in this game.
Also of note, the Under is 4-1 in Gonzaga’s past five games, while it is 3-2 in Georgia State’s past five contests.
Georgia State +23.5 (-110) at Caesars
WAGER: 1 Unit
Gonzaga is great, but they are only 2-4 against the spread in their last six games. Georgia State, on the other hand, is 8-1-1 ATS in their past 10.
The Panthers are not your typical 16 seed.
Yes, they will be outmatched in this game, but they are still talented and will not go down without a fight. Look for them to cover this massive spread for our CBB bet of the day.