Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Baylor Bears Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Baylor Bears
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Gonzaga (-3.5)
Bankers Life Fieldhouse is the venue where and the Baylor Bears (3-0) will play the Gonzaga Bulldogs (3-0) on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have Gonzaga as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 163.5.
Gonzaga will enter this matchup with a win-loss mark of 3-0 so far this year. The Bulldogs are shooting 29.1% on shots from distance (16 of 55) and 74.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 93.0 points per outing (18th in Division 1) while going 55.3% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.0 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Gonzaga is pulling down 37.7 rebounds per contest and has 57 dimes so far this year, which is 38th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Bulldogs are able to force 15.7 turnovers every game while drawing 19.7 fouls. They currently rank 177th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 38 surrendered so far this season. The Bulldogs defense is giving up a FG percentage of 42.8% (80 of 187) and they surrender 32.3 boards per contest as a team. They concede 34.3% on 3-pointers and they are 238th in Division 1 in points per game allowed (79.7).
The Gonzaga Bulldogs played the West Virginia Mountaineers and took home the win by a score of 87-82 in their last contest. Gonzaga ended the game with a 49.3% FG percentage (34 out of 69) and buried 4 of their 16 3-point attempts. When shot from the charity stripe, the Bulldogs buried 15 of their 21 attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. With regard to grabbing boards, they earned a total of 34 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 22 assists in this matchup as well as earning 9 steals and 3 blocks. Regarding the defense, Gonzaga allowed their opponent to shoot 49.3% from the floor on 34 of 69. West Virginia dished out 16 assists and 2 steals for the game. Additionally, the Mountaineers snagged 37 boards (11 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 3 rejections. West Virginia shot 81.8% at the charity stripe by making 27 of their 33 shots. They made 5 out of their 17 attempts from long range.
Drew Timme is a guy who played a lot in the game. He totaled 17 points on 7 of 17 shooting. He played for 34 minutes and grabbed 3 rebounds. Timme went 41.2% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. Someone else that played big minutes in the game for the Bulldogs was Joel Ayayi. He grabbed 7 rebounds and tallied 4 assists. He finished 66.7% from the field in the game by hitting 10-of-15 (21 points). Overall, Ayayi played for 33 min.
Baylor has a record of 3-0 this season. Baylor has accounted for 280 pts this season (93.3 per contest) and they pull down 43.0 boards per contest. The Bears are committing 15.0 fouls per game and they hit 56.3% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Bears are hitting on 51.2% from the field, which has them ranked 98th in college hoops. They are assisting teammates 20.0 times per contest (22nd in college basketball) and they turn it over 11.0 times per contest. The Bears on the defensive side of the court are 122nd in college basketball in points allowed per game with 67.7. They have forced 15.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.8% from the floor (202nd in college hoops). The Baylor defense allows 29.5% on shots from distance (18 of 61) and opponents are knocking down 70.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 13.3 dimes and 27.7 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 173rd and 16th in the nation.
In their last game, the Baylor Bears got the win with a final of 82-69 against the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Bears were able to collect 21 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in this game. They stuffed 4 shots while earning 7 steals in this game. The Fighting Illini earned 20 personal fouls for this contest which got the Bears to the free throw line for a total of 24 tries. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a rate of 62.5%. Regarding shots from beyond the arc, Baylor converted 7 of their 18 tries (38.9%). Overall, the Bears ended up going 30 out of 66 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.5%. The Bears permitted the Fighting Illini to knock down 26 of their 59 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.1% in this matchup. They shot 38.9% from behind the 3-point line by going 7 of 18 and finished the game at 10 of 16 at the charity stripe (62.5%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Baylor allowed Illinois to pull down 33 in all (9 offensive).
MaCio Teague ended up being important for the Bears in the matchup. He made 4 of 10 for the matchup giving him a rate of 40.0%, which got him 11 points. Teague pulled down 2 boards in his 32 mins and earned 2 assists for the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Baylor was Davion Mitchell. He walked away with 15 points in 31 minutes played by way of 5 out of 8 from the floor in the matchup. Mitchell finished going 62.5% from the floor as well as earning 7 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Baylor (+3.5)
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