Auburn Tigers vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction, 11/27/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Auburn Tigers vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Location: Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Auburn (+12.5)
Suncoast Credit Union Arena is the site where and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (31-2 last year) will take on the Auburn Tigers (25-6 last season) on Friday. Auburn opens this contest as 12.5-point underdogs. The total opens at 154.
Auburn comes into this contest after finishing with a win-loss mark of 25-6 last season. The Tigers shot 30.6% on 3-point shots (252 of 824) and 67.4% from the free throw line. They had an average of 78.0 points per outing (25th in college basketball) while going 43.3% from the field. They turned it over 12.9 times per contest and as a unit committed 19.2 personal fouls per contest. As a squad, Auburn pulled in 40.8 rebounds per contest and accounted for 397 assists last season, which was 216th in college basketball in terms of passing. Defensively, the Tigers were able to force 13.5 turnovers per contest and they drew 21.2 personal fouls. They conceded 32.5% on 3-point attempts and they ranked 205th in college basketball in PPG allowed (70.4). The Tigers gave up an opponent FG percentage of 41.3% (759 of 1,840) and they conceded 35.2 rebounds per contest as a unit. They were 61st in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 346 relinquished last season.
The Auburn Tigers faced off with the Tennessee Volunteers and earned the victory with a final of 85-63 in their last contest. Auburn wrapped up the contest with a 50.0% field goal percentage (29 of 58) and knocked down 14 of 32 shots from downtown. When shot from the charity stripe, the Tigers made 13 of 19 shots for a percentage of 68.4%. Pertaining to hauling in boards, they earned 38 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 10 assists in this contest while having 9 steals and 2 rejections. When talking about the defense, Auburn allowed the other team to shoot 50.0% from the floor on 29 of 58. Tennessee earned 9 dimes and 6 steals for this game. On top of that, the Volunteers totaled 23 rebounds (9 offensive, 14 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Tennessee finished the contest at 79.2% when shooting free throws by knocking down 19 of their 24 shots. They buried 8 of 22 attempts from 3-point land.
Samir Doughty is one guy who was pivotal for the matchup. He ended up with 32 points on 10 of 17 shooting. He was on the court for 32 minutes played and also collected 2 boards. Doughty finished the game at 58.8% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. Someone else that saw the court a lot in this contest for the Tigers was J'Von McCormick. He totaled 4 rebounds and also had 3 assists. He finished shooting 45.5% from the floor in the game via 5-of-11 (13 points). When the final whistle was blown, McCormick was on the court for 30 minutes.
Gonzaga had a mark of 31-2 last year. Gonzaga tallied 2,885 pts over the course of last season (87.4 per game) and they grabbed 40.1 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Bulldogs shot 51.5% from the floor, which was ranked 2nd in the nation. The Bulldogs committed 14.7 fouls per game while shooting 68.8% from the charity stripe. They assisted teammates 16.7 times per contest (7th in college basketball) and they turned it over 11.2 times per game. The Bulldogs on defense were ranked 135th in D-1 in points given up per game with 67.8. They relinquished 11.2 assists and 30.8 total rebounds per game, which had them ranked 69th and 18th in the nation. The Gonzaga defense conceded 32.0% on three-point shots (221 of 691) and their opponents knocked down 69.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They forced 13.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allowed teams to shoot 42.2% from the field (131st in D-1).
In their last game, the Gonzaga Bulldogs walked away with a victory by a final of 84-66 against the St. Mary's Gaels. The Bulldogs snagged 23 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 32 in this game. They blocked 4 shots while recording 5 steals for the contest. The Gaels earned 18 personal fouls in this game which took the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for a total of 24 tries. They were able to bury 17 of the free throw tries for a rate of 70.8%. Concerning shots from beyond the arc, Gonzaga knocked down 5 of their 15 tries (33.3%). When all was said and done, the Bulldogs went 31 out of 58 from the floor which gave them a rate of 53.4%. The Bulldogs permitted the Gaels to bury 21 of their 46 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.7% for the game. They went 52.9% from downtown by hitting 9 out of 17 and ended up shooting 15 of 18 from the free throw line (83.3%). In relation to how they cleaned up the glass, Gonzaga permitted St. Mary's to snag 21 in total (3 on the offensive glass).
Corey Kispert saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Bulldogs in this game. He made 3 out of 11 for this game for a field goal rate of 27.3%, which gave him 12 points. Kispert snagged 3 boards in his 37 minutes played and earned 3 dimes for the game. One more player that played a role for Gonzaga was Joel Ayayi. He walked away with 17 points in his 36 minutes on the court by way of 6 out of 13 shooting in this game. Ayayi walked away from this one going 46.2% from the floor while also contributing 2 dimes and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Auburn (+12.5)
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