GONZAGA BULLDOGS (12-1)
at OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS (10-1)
Gallagher-Iba Arena Ė Stillwater, OK
Tip-off: Monday, 6:00 p.m. ET
Line: Oklahoma State -2, Total: 137
No. 13 Gonzaga and No. 22 Oklahoma State will conclude their non-conference schedules while concluding the 2012 calendar year in a coin-flip game between two ranked squads.
The question in this game is if the Cowboys can slow down a Gonzaga squad that has been incredibly efficient on the offensive end. The Bulldogs are making 52.1% of their field goals, ranked No. 2 in the nation, led by Kelly Olynykís incredible 68.1% FG. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, features one of the nationís top defenses, keeping opponents to 35.8% from the field and 55.5 PPG.
Can the Bulldogs pick up a huge road win on Monday? For the answer, connect to College Basketball Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. The StatFox experts continue to roll in the past two weeks, posting a collective 55-33-1 ATS (63%) record since Dec. 14. StatFox Scott is 11-6-1 ATS (65%) over this stretch, while StatFox Dave is 19-12 ATS (61%) in these 17 days. The experts now have a collective 54% ATS mark (169-144-7) in college basketball Best Bets for the season, led by StatFox Gary, who is a whopping 12-3 ATS (80%) since Dec. 19, and sits at 63% ATS (40-24) for the season, while Dave is at 55% ATS (61-51-2) on the year.
At 7-feet tall, Olynyk (15.2 PPG) can even score from outside the post and isn't the only weapon in the Bulldogs frontcourt. Senior PF Elias Harris (15.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG) leads the team in scoring with a 53.4% FG. PG Kevin Pangos (11.5 PPG, 3.8 APG) is coming off his best game of the season, scoring 31 points on 10-of-13 shooting (including 7-of-10 from deep) in the teamís seven-point victory against Baylor on Friday. SG Gary Bell Jr. (10.6 PPG) rounds out the teamís double-digit scorers, but head coach Mark Few uses a deep lineup, with 10 players receiving significant playing time.
The story of this Oklahoma State squad has been freshman PG Marcus Smart (12.5 PPG, 6.4 APG) who looks like a seasoned floor general already. Although he needs to take better care of the ball (3.3 TOPG) he is also a defensive animal with 2.7 SPG. Six-foot-7 swingman LeíBryan Nash (14.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG) is the teamís leading scorer and is dangerous with the ability to play down low or on the wing. Freshman F Kamari Murphy (6.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG) and senior C Phillip Jurick (6.9 RPG) are the teamís best rebounders, but this is a guard oriented team and they donít add much scoring. Guards Markel Brown (14.0 PPG) and Phil Forte (10.9 PPG) aid that effort in the backcourt for what should prove to be an exciting game in Stillwater.