The Oklahoma State Cowboys will wrap up their non-conference schedule against the Gonzaga Bulldogs Monday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA Basketball betting odds for this high-profile affair between ranked teams.

Hitting the road

Image previewGonzaga has played just one true road game this year, but the 13th-ranked team in the nation will play five of its next six games away from Spokane. The Bulldogs escaped with a 71-69 victory over Washington State as 11.5-point favorites in their only game on an opponents’ floor this year, while going OVER the posted total of 129.5. Gonzaga is 2-4 against the spread (ATS) as a road underdog of six points or less since 2010.

Getting after it defensively


Oklahoma State will need to win this game on the defensive end, especially since its facing one of the top offensive teams in the country. The Cowboys rank 12th nationally in both scoring and field goal percentage defense, as they’ve given up just 55.5 points per game through 11 contests. Monday’s opponent has compiled a losing 10-12 ATS record when playing a team that allows 64 or less points per game.

Dominating Big 12 foes

Sports bettors may find the Bulldogs as an attractive option on the NCAA basketball odds page, considering they’ve won all four of their games against Big 12 Conference opponents this season, outscoring them by a significant 318-236 margin. Gonzaga is also undefeated in four previous meetings with Oklahoma State, including a 73-52 blowout victory as seven-point home favorites on New Year’s Eve in 2010. The program is 5-2 ATS when taking on Big 12 foes over the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 6-1 in that situation.

Home-court advantage

The Cowboys have won 180 of their last 184 non-conference home games, which fits nicely with their 19-11 ATS mark in Stillwater over the last two-plus seasons. Oklahoma State has also managed to topple at least one ranked opponent at Gallagher-Iba Arena in each of the past 14 seasons, with the school going 25-14 in that particular situation during that span.

Winning it at the charity stripe

It’s a big surprising that the Bulldogs are shooting just 67.6 percent of their shots from the free-throw line, considering they rank third in the country in field goal percentage overall. The Cowboys could win this game in the closing minutes, as they lead the Big 12 and rank 10th in college basketball in knocking down 76.8 percent of their attempts at the charity stripe.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cowboys as one of their NCAA basketball picks Monday, as they’ve gone 12-5 ATS in December the last two-plus years, while the Bulldogs are 9-10 ATS in that same situation.

College Basketball Pick: Oklahoma State Cowboys -1.5 at Pinnacle