Colorado State Rams vs St. Mary's Gaels Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Colorado State Rams vs St. Mary's Gaels
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: University Credit Union Pavilion in Moraga, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Colorado State (+5.5)
The Colorado State Rams (2-0) head to University Credit Union Pavilion on Saturday where they'll take on the St. Mary's Gaels (7-1). The odds on this matchup have St. Mary's as 5.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 140.
Colorado State heads into this one with a mark of 2-0 so far this year. They currently have an average of 90.0 pts per game (19th in Division 1) while hitting 53.3% from the field. The Rams are connecting on 44.7% on shots from 3-point land (17 of 38) and 77.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, Colorado State is grabbing 36.0 boards per contest and is sitting with 38 assists on the year, which ranks 286th in the nation in terms of passing. They are turning it over 8.0 times per game and as a team they commit 16.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Rams are able to force 13.5 turnovers per game while drawing 19.0 personal fouls. The Rams defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 39.3% (46 of 117) and they surrender 30.5 rebounds per contest as a group. They are ranked 18th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 22 surrendered for the season. They are giving up 30.2% from 3-point land and they rank 81st in the country in points per game allowed (64.5).
The Colorado State Rams faced the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and notched a win by a score of 91-52 in their last game. Colorado State wrapped up the contest with a 54.8% FG percentage (34 of 62) and made 11 out of their 22 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Rams made 12 of their 16 shots for a rate of 75.0%. When it comes to hauling in boards, they compiled 34 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 20 assists for the matchup in addition to having 6 steals and 4 blocks. In terms of the defense, Colorado State let their opponent shoot 54.8% from the floor on 34 of 62. Northern Arizona earned 8 assists and 5 steals for the game. In addition, the Lumberjacks collected 26 rebounds (4 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Northern Arizona finished shooting 81.8% at the charity stripe by knocking down 9 of their 11 shots. They also knocked down 5 of their 24 shots from 3-point range.
Isaiah Stevens is someone who saw a lot of minutes in the matchup. He walked away with 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting. He played 33 mins and also grabbed 5 boards. Stevens ended up shooting 72.7% from the floor and dished out 9 assists. One more player that saw the court a lot in this matchup for the Rams was David Roddy. He had 8 rebounds and also accounted for 4 dimes. He finished the game at 45.5% from the field for the matchup via 5-of-11 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Roddy was on the hardwood for 31 min.
St. Mary's has a win-loss mark of 7-1 so far this season. St. Mary's has 598 pts for the campaign (74.8 per game) and they pull in 37.5 rebounds per game. The Gaels commit 15.1 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 74.0% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Gaels are shooting 47.3% from the floor, which has them ranked 108th in the nation. They are earning an assist 12.4 times per contest (234th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 10.6 times per contest. The Gaels are ranked 76th in the country in points per game surrendered with 64.1. They have forced 10.6 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.4% from the floor (145th in D-1). The St. Mary's defense allows 36.9% on shots from 3-point land (48 of 130) and their opponents are knocking down 70.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 7.5 assists and 29.8 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 5th and 31st in those defensive categories.
For their last game, the St. Mary's Gaels walked away with a victory by a final of 80-75 when they faced the Eastern Washington Eagles. The Gaels were able to pull down 25 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 36 in this game. They also rejected 6 shots while recording 5 steals in this matchup. The Eagles were called for 16 personal fouls in this game which got the Gaels to the charity stripe for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to make 11 of the free throw tries for a rate of 64.7%. With respect to 3-pointers, St. Mary's buried 7 of 22 attempts (31.8%). When all was said and done, the Gaels went 31 for 64 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.4%. The Gaels permitted the Eagles to convert 28 out of their 62 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 45.2% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 38.9% from three-point range by going 7 out of 18 and finished the game at 12 of 15 at the charity stripe (80.0%). In reference to rebounding, St. Mary's allowed Eastern Washington to grab 31 overall (6 offensive).
Tommy Kuhse was important for the Gaels in the game. He knocked down 14 out of 23 in this contest giving him a rate of 60.9%, which got him 34 points. Kuhse collected 7 boards in his 40 mins played and accumulated 6 dimes in the matchup. One more player that ended up being a major factor for St. Mary's was Matthias Tass. He scored 10 points in 36 minutes played by way of 5 of 12 from the floor for this game. Tass ended up shooting 41.7% from the floor as well as totaling 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take St. Mary's (-5.5) and under 140 points
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