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Kansas vs. Gonzaga odds, line: 2020 Fort Myers Tip-Off picks, college basketball predictions from proven model

It’s a showdown of two of college basketball’s best teams when the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs face the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks in the 2020 Fort Myers Tip-Off on Thanksgiving. The teams were hit by departures and have not played a competitive game since March, but both have the depth to rebound quickly. The teams finished 1-2 in the final Associated Press poll before last season’s NCAA Tournament was canceled, and the Bulldogs have the NCAA’s best winning percentage of the past decade at .858 (308-51), with KU second at .819 (299-66). 

Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Fla. The Bulldogs are four-point favorites in the latest Kansas vs. Gonzaga odds at William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under for total points scored is 147.5. Before making any Gonzaga vs. Kansas picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine

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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga starts season as No. 1 in Top 25 And 1 on high note

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The 2020-21 college basketball season has finally arrived — better late than never, better uncertain than non-existent. Needless to say, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Needless to say, it’s already a bumpy ride.

The head coaches at three of the schools ranked in the top 12 of the CBS Sports Preseason Top 25 And 1 — Scott Drew at No. 2 Baylor, Tom Izzo at No. 11 Michigan State, and Rick Barnes at No. 12 Tennessee — have recently tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, Baylor had to cancel games. And Tennessee had to cancel games. So some of the early marquee matchups we’ve been looking forward to for weeks are no longer scheduled to happen. And, yeah, that’s too bad.

But there will still be games!

There won’t be as many as usual, obviously. But there will still be games — presumably nearly

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Women’s college basketball 2020-21 mid-major predictions — Gonzaga, MAC race will dominate

As the countdown continues to the start of the 2020-21 women’s college basketball season on Nov. 25, ESPN.com’s panel of experts is making its predictions. We continue with the mid-majors, where we expect the West Coast Conference’s Gonzaga Bulldogs and a three-team race in the Mid-American Conference to dominate. On Thursday, the Ivy League canceled winter sports, including women’s basketball, for the 2020-21 season.

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Mid-major 2020-21 superlatives

Mid-major player of the Year

Graham Hays: Micaela Kelly, Central Michigan
Charlie Creme: Micaela Kelly, Central Michigan

Newcomer of the Year

Hays: Maddie Krull, South Dakota
Creme: Bre’Amber Scott, Little Rock


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What is the best mid-major conference race?

Senior guard Cece Hooks is the reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year and also averaged 18.2 points per game and shot 45.2 percent. She tied Ohio’s single-game record with 41
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College basketball rankings: Baylor No. 1 in preseason Coaches Poll after Gonzaga takes top spot in AP Top 25

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College basketball coaches have spoken, and they disagree with the AP Top 25 voters about who should be No. 1 entering the 2020-21 college basketball season. Baylor is ranked No. 1 in the first Coaches Poll released Thursday after Gonzaga took to the top spot in the AP Top 25 poll released earlier in the week.

The Bears took 12 of 32 first-place votes with Gonzaga coming in at No. 2 with 10 first-place votes in the coaches poll. Villanova was not far behind with eight first-place votes with Virginia and Kansas rounding out the top five.

Kansas’ inclusion as a top-five team also differed from the AP Top 25, where the Jayhawks came in at No. 6. But the disagreement at the top is the headliner from the release of the coaches poll.

Gonzaga took 28 of 66 first-place votes in the AP poll while Baylor earned just

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Gonzaga No. 1 in AP college basketball poll; UCLA is No. 22

Just about the only thing Gonzaga has left to accomplish under Mark Few is to win a national championship.

The ‘Zags scratched another first off the list Monday: They will open the season at No. 1.

Despite losing West Coast Conference player of the year Filip Petrusev, the Bulldogs received 28 first-place votes and 1,541 points from a 64-member national media panel. That was just enough to edge Baylor (24 first-place votes) by a single point for the top spot in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 heading toward the delayed Nov. 25 start of the season.

“It’s a great honor to be selected No. 1,“ Few said. “We understand that it is more a reflection of what our program has accomplished over the years and hope to play up to that standard as we start our season.”

Villanova received 11 first-place votes and was third, followed by Virginia with

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College basketball rankings: Gonzaga ranked No. 1 in preseason AP Top 25 poll ahead of No. 2 Baylor

Gonzaga is the preseason No. 1 team in college basketball. The Zags edged out Baylor and Villanova for the top spot in the preseason AP Top 25 in the poll released Monday, marking the first time in its history it is ranked No. 1 in the preseason rankings. 

Baylor comes in at No. 2 and Villanova at No. 3, with Virginia and Iowa rounding out the top five. 

It’s the third consecutive season that Mark Few’s Bulldogs are ranked inside the preseason top 10. In the last two seasons, they won a combined 64 games, more than any team in college basketball. They lost Filip Petrusev and Killian Tillie to the NBA this offseason, but return Corey Kispert and Joel Ayayi while adding five-star freshman Jalen Suggs to the mix.

As good as Gonzaga is, though, Baylor has an equally impressive preseason resume. The Bears spent the majority of last

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Gonzaga Bulldogs open at No. 1 in AP men’s college basketball preseason poll

Gonzaga will open the upcoming season atop the men’s college basketball world.

For the first time in program history, the Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press poll, which was released Monday. They received 28 first-place votes and 1,541 points from a 64-member panel.

“It’s a great honor to be selected No. 1,” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said in a press release. “We understand that it is more a reflection of what our program has accomplished over the years and hope to play up to that standard as we start our season.”

The Zags spent four consecutive weeks at No. 1 last season before finishing second to Kansas in the final AP poll.

In 2020-21, Gonzaga will be without reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Year Filip Petrusev, who turned professional. But they have key contributors Corey Kispert and Joel Ayayi returning, both of whom

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Gonzaga Bulldogs open as No. 1 in AP Top 25 college basketball preseason poll

Just about the only thing Gonzaga basketball has left to accomplish under Mark Few is win a national championship.

The Zags scratched another first off the list Monday: They will open the season at No. 1.

Despite losing West Coast Conference Player of the Year Filip Petrusev, the Bulldogs received 28 first-place votes and 1,541 points from a 64-member national media panel. That was just enough to edge Baylor (24 first-place votes) by a single point for the top spot in the college basketball preseason Associated Press Top 25 heading toward the delayed Nov. 25 start of the season.

“It’s a great honor to be selected No. 1,” Few said. “We understand that it is more a reflection of what our program has accomplished over the years and hope to play up to that standard as we start our season.”

Villanova received 11 first-place votes and was third, followed by

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Gonzaga is AP’s preseason No. 1 with Baylor at No. 2; Texas Tech, Texas crack Top 25

Just about the only thing Gonzaga has left to accomplish under Mark Few is win a national championship.

The ‘Zags scratched another first off the list Monday: They will open the season at No. 1.

Despite losing West Coast Conference player of the year Filip Petrusev, the Bulldogs received 28 first-place votes and 1,541 points from a 64-member national media panel. That was just enough to edge Baylor (24 first-place vote) by a single point for the top spot in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 heading toward the delayed Nov. 25 start of the season.

“It’s a great honor to be selected No. 1,” Few said. “We understand that it is more a reflection of what our program has accomplished over the years and hope to play up to that standard as we start our season.”

Villanova received 11 first-place votes and was third, followed by Virginia with the

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