San Francisco Dons vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs – College Basketball, Monday, March 7, 2022

| March 6, 2022 5:41 pm PDT

The 2022 WCC Tournament continues into the Semifinals. The San Francisco Dons will look to strengthen their March Madness seeding, while Gonzaga aims for another WCC title.

Gonzaga was rolling through the WCC but closed the regular season with a loss to St. Mary’s. This will be their first game since that loss. Gonzaga has defeated San Francisco twice this season.

Everyone knows Gonzaga is the favorite in this matchup, but the spread could add some intrigue. Let’s check it out.

San Francisco vs. Gonzaga Odds for March 7th 

San Francisco Dons (+12.0)-110
Gonzaga Bulldogs (-12.0)-110
Over 155.5-110
Under 155.5-110 gives the Gonzaga Bulldogs a (-12.0) point advantage for this Semifinal matchup.

The San Francisco Dons haven’t been the underdog much this season. It’s the fifth time they’ve been the underdog and the third against Gonzaga. San Francisco has covered in five of their last seven games. They went over their point total in their final four regular-season games.

Gonzaga has been one of the best teams all season, but they’re only 14-11-2 against the spread. They only covered once in their last five games. Gonzaga has also been a big under team, hitting that mark in six of their last seven games.

Both teams look great on the injury front. San Francisco doesn’t have anyone on the injury report, while Gonzaga continues to operate without Kaden Perry. Perry hasn’t played since late December, but the Freshman wasn’t playing significant minutes before the injury.

I’m sure everyone has Gonzaga winning this matchup, but anything can happen in postseason play. Let’s preview each team’s chances to move to the WCC Tournament Final.

San Francisco Dons Preview 

The San Francisco Dons haven’t received as much attention in the WCC, but they’ve been right behind the Gonzaga Bulldogs and St. Mary’s Gaels.

San Francisco had a bit of a rough stretch in January, losing three of four games. Thankfully, they recovered to win seven of their final ten regular-season games. They opened the WCC Tournament by defeating BYU by 12 points.

Jamaree Bouyea has been the top scorer for the Dons, but lately, Khalil Shabazz has been leading the way. Check out his scoring in the last five games.

  • @ St. Mary’s: 22 points
  • @ Pacific: 21 points
  • Gonzaga: 17 points
  • @ San Diego: 15 points
  • BYU: 22 points

Bouyea, Shabazz, and Yauhen Massalski are averaging over 13.0 points. Gonzaga has the best offense in the country, so San Francisco needs all three of their stars if they want to pull off the upset.

It has gone both ways this season. Massalski had 10 rebounds in the first matchup but only contributed nine points. Their big three scored 14+ points in the second matchup, with Julian Rishwain scoring 13 points off the bench.

The issue with that game was San Francisco gave up 89 points. It takes a complete effort on offense and defense to beat Gonzaga.

San Francisco would like to replicate St. Mary’s success on the defensive end. They held Gonzaga to a season-low 57 points in the regular-season finale. Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren combined for 12 points.

Gonzaga has so many weapons, but those are their top two players. If San Francisco can somewhat slow them down, they’ll have a chance.

They’ve only won the WCC Conference Tournament once in program history. A victory over Gonzaga would move them one step closer.

Gonzaga Bulldogs Preview 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs came into the season looking to avenge their loss in the 2021 National Championship Game. They lost a lot of talent but haven’t missed a beat.

Gonzaga shook off a pair of early-season losses to hold the No. 1 spot in the AP Poll. It looked like they would carry a long win streak into the postseason, but the St. Mary’s Gaels defeated them in the final regular-season game.

It was a tough blow, but everyone knows the Bulldogs remain one of the best teams. A big reason for that is their lethal offense.

  • Drew Timme: 17.6 points per game
  • Chet Holmgren: 14.4 points per game
  • Julian Strawther:12.5 points per game
  • Andrew Nembhard: 11.3 points per game
  • Rasir Bolton: 11.0 points per game

Drew Timme entered the season as the Wooden Award favorite. He hasn’t quite lived up to that hype, but we’ve seen him produce quality numbers. Timme and Chet Holmgren are finalists for the Wooden Award.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Timme and Holmgren had great performances against the San Francisco Dons. They both scored 20+ points in the first matchup. The second matchup saw both players have great all-around numbers.

  Drew Timme Chet Holmgren
Points 20 21
Rebounds 9 15
Assists 8 1
Blocks 0 6
Field Goal Shooting 8/14 8/12

San Francisco will have a tough time stopping that duo. Even if they do, Gonzaga has more weapons. Julian Strawther and Andrew Nembhard scored double digits in their last matchup.

Gonzaga ended the regular season on a down note, but this is their chance to start the postseason on a high note. Can they defeat San Francisco for the third time this season? Here is my game pick.

San Francisco vs. Gonzaga Pick 

  • Gonzaga (-12.0)

I’m always cautious with big spreads, but this is a different situation. The Gonzaga Bulldogs haven’t had an issue with the San Francisco Dons, beating them by a combined 32 points. I know it’s different in the postseason, but I don’t think Gonzaga will have an issue with San Francisco.

I also like the over in this matchup. Gonzaga has the best offense in the country, and San Francisco isn’t too bad themselves. Gonzaga should bounce back from a rough offensive showing.

Fans can tune into this Semifinal matchup on Monday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Our picks page will continue to update you as we move into the most important part of the college basketball season.

Nicholas Sterling

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