Eastern Washington Eagles vs St. Mary's Gaels Prediction, 12/15/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Washington Eagles vs St. Mary's Gaels
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Location: University Credit Union Pavilion in Moraga, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Washington (+9)
University Credit Union Pavilion is the venue where and the St. Mary's Gaels (6-1) will take on the Eastern Washington Eagles (1-3) on Tuesday. Eastern Washington opens this game as 9-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 137.
Eastern Washington steps onto the court with a record of 1-3 on the year. They are giving up possession 12.0 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 15.0 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Eastern Washington is pulling in 34.3 boards per game and has totaled 54 dimes this season, which is 212th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Eagles are connecting on 27.9% from downtown (34 of 122) and 66.1% from the free throw line. They have an average of 66.8 points per game (253rd in college basketball) on 39.3% from the field. When they are on defense, the Eagles are forcing 14.0 turnovers every game while drawing 17.3 personal fouls. The Eagles are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 39.1% (104 of 266) and they surrender 45.3 boards per game as a unit. They are 153rd in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 56 conceded for the season. They are relinquishing 29.7% on 3-point attempts and they are 116th in college basketball in PPG allowed (66.5).
The Eastern Washington Eagles took the court against the College of Idaho Yotes and earned the victory with a final of 80-56 in their last game. Eastern Washington finished with a 41.7% FG percentage (30 out of 72) and buried 10 of their 35 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Eagles made 10 of 19 tries for a percentage of 52.6%. In regard to pulling down rebounds, they compiled a total of 40 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 18 dimes in this matchup in addition to getting 6 steals and 6 blocks. In regard to the defense, Eastern Washington allowed the other team to go 41.7% from the floor on 30 out of 72. College of Idaho distributed 13 dimes and 4 steals for the game. In addition, the Yotes pulled down 46 boards (11 offensive, 35 defensive) and added 6 rejections. College of Idaho ended up going 53.3% from the free throw line by making 8 of their 15 shots. They knocked down 4 of their 25 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Tanner Groves is a guy who was a major contributor for the game. He ended up finishing with 10 points on 4 out of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 25 mins played and totaled 12 rebounds. Groves finished the contest at 36.4% from the floor and earned 2 dimes. Someone else that saw a lot of minutes in this game for the Eagles was Jacob Davison. He collected 2 boards and accounted for 3 dimes. He went 71.4% from the floor for the game by shooting 5-of-7 (15 points). When all was said and done, Davison played 22 minutes.
St. Mary's has a mark of 6-1 on the campaign. When it comes to executing on offense, the Gaels are connecting on 47.2% from the floor, which is 110th in college basketball. St. Mary's has earned 518 pts this season (74.0 per contest) and they collect 37.1 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 12.6 times per contest (222nd in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.0 times per contest. The Gaels commit 14.9 fouls every game while shooting 75.5% from the charity stripe. The Gaels on the defensive side of the court are 54th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 62.6. The St. Mary's defense gives up 36.6% on shots from behind the 3-point line (41 of 112) and opponents are converting on 68.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 7.3 dimes and 29.3 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 8th and 25th in college hoops. They have forced 11.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.8% from the floor (119th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the St. Mary's Gaels took home the win by a final score of 96-61 when they faced the San Jose State Spartans. The Gaels recorded 35 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 44 in this game. They turned away 3 attempts while getting 6 steals in the matchup. The Spartans were called for 19 fouls for this contest which got the Gaels to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to make 18 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 81.8%. With regard to three-point shots, St. Mary's made 6 of their 17 attempts (35.3%). In all, the Gaels ended up shooting 36 out of 65 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 55.4%. The Gaels permitted the Spartans to convert 21 of 61 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 34.4% in this matchup. They finished 37.5% from distance by going 9 out of 24 and finished the game at 10 of 13 from the charity stripe (76.9%). In the matter of rebounding, St. Mary's permitted San Jose State to snag 25 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Dan Fotu ended up having an impact for the Gaels for the game. He buried 6 of 9 for the game for a field goal rate of 66.7%, which earned him 15 points. Fotu pulled down 10 boards in his 20 minutes and had 2 dimes in the matchup. Another guy that ended up coming through for St. Mary's was Matthias Tass. He ended up finishing with 13 points in his 19 minutes on the court via 6 out of 7 from the floor for this contest. Tass walked away from this one going 85.7% from the field while also earning 4 dimes and 2 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take St. Mary's (-9) and under 137 points
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