Kansas Jayhawks vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction, 11/26/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas Jayhawks vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020
Location: Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas (+2.5)
The Gonzaga Bulldogs (31-2 last year) play the Kansas Jayhawks (28-3 last season) at Suncoast Credit Union Arena on Thursday. Gonzaga opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The total is set at 146.5.
Kansas steps onto the hardwood after finishing with a mark of 28-3 last season. The Jayhawks shot 34.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (199 of 578) and 66.7% from the charity stripe. They had an average of 74.6 points per game (88th in the country) while shooting 48.4% from the field. They gave up possession 12.8 times per contest and as a team committed 14.6 fouls every game. As a team, Kansas pulled down 38.6 boards per game and accounted for 432 dimes last season, which ranked 125th in the country in terms of passing the rock. Defensively, the Jayhawks forced their opponents into 13.1 turnovers every game while drawing 17.0 personal fouls. The Jayhawks defensively gave up a shooting percentage of 37.7% (684 of 1,815) and they relinquished 32.0 boards per contest as a unit. They were ranked 95th in college basketball in giving up assists with 361 conceded last season. They gave up 30.5% from 3-point land and they ranked 10th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (60.7).
The Kansas Jayhawks faced the Texas Tech Red Raiders and notched a win by a score of 66-62 the last time they played. Kansas ended the contest having earned a 41.0% FG percentage (25 out of 61) and converted 4 out of their 17 three-point shots. When shot from the charity stripe, the Jayhawks knocked down 12 of their 20 shots for a percentage of 60.0%. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they collected 45 with 14 of them being offensive. They also doled out 8 dimes in the matchup in addition to getting 4 steals and 1 rejection. In relation to defense, Kansas let their opponent shoot 41.0% from the floor on 25 out of 61. Texas Tech earned 13 dimes and 5 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Red Raiders grabbed 33 boards (8 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 1 blocks. Texas Tech ended up going 61.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 8 of 13 attempts. They buried 8 out of their 26 tries from 3-point land.
Devon Dotson is one player who was a major contributor for the matchup. He had 17 points on 6 out of 15 shooting. He played for 38 minutes and totaled 7 rebounds. Dotson finished the contest at 40.0% from the floor and also dished out 5 assists. One more player that had an impact in this matchup for the Jayhawks was Ochai Agbaji. He snagged 6 rebounds and also collected 3 dimes. He finished the game shooting 38.5% from the floor in this contest by shooting 5-of-13 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Agbaji played 37 minutes.
Gonzaga had a mark of 31-2 last year. Gonzaga had 2,885 pts throughout last year (87.4 per contest) and they grabbed 40.1 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs connected on 51.5% from the floor, which ranked them 2nd in the country. The Bulldogs committed 14.7 fouls per game and they connected on 68.8% from the free throw line. They dished out assists 16.7 times per game (7th in the country) and they turned it over 11.2 times per game. The Bulldogs were ranked 135th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 67.8. They allowed 11.2 assists and 30.8 boards per game, which was ranked 69th and 18th in Division 1. The Gonzaga defense allowed 32.0% on 3-point attempts (221 of 691) and their opponents converted on 69.7% of their free throw shots. They forced 13.4 TO's every game and let teams shoot 42.2% from the floor (131st in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Gonzaga Bulldogs walked away with a victory by a final of 84-66 when they played the St. Mary's Gaels. The Bulldogs were able to collect 23 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 32 for this contest. They rejected 4 tries while earning 5 steals for the contest. The Gaels had 18 fouls in the game which took the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to bury 17 of the free throws for a percentage of 70.8%. In the matter of shots from distance, Gonzaga knocked down 5 of 15 tries (33.3%). When the game finished, the Bulldogs ended up shooting 31 out of 58 from the floor which had them shooting 53.4%. The Bulldogs allowed the Gaels to make 21 of 46 tries from the field which had them sitting at 45.7% in the game. They finished the game shooting 52.9% from behind the 3-point line by going 9 out of 17 and finished the game at 15 out of 18 from the charity stripe (83.3%). In regard to rebounds, Gonzaga permitted St. Mary's to grab 21 in total (3 on the offensive glass).
Corey Kispert ended up being important for the Bulldogs in this matchup. He buried 3 of 11 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 27.3%, which had him sitting at 12 points. Kispert pulled down 3 rebounds in his 37 mins and had 3 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy that ended up coming through for Gonzaga was Joel Ayayi. He was able to score 17 points in his 36 minutes played by going 6 out of 13 from the floor for this contest. Ayayi wrapped this one up going 46.2% from the floor while collecting 3 assists and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Kansas (+2.5)
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