Memphis Tigers vs St. Mary's Gaels Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Tigers vs St. Mary's Gaels
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (-3)
The St. Mary's Gaels (26-8 last year) play the Memphis Tigers (21-10 last season) at Sanford Pentagon on Wednesday. St. Mary's opens this contest as 3-point dogs. The total is set at 140.5.
The Memphis Tigers played the Houston Cougars and took a loss by a score of 64-57 in their last game of the season. Memphis walked away from the game with a 36.0% field goal percentage (18 out of 50) and made 6 of their 24 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Tigers knocked down 15 of their 21 attempts for a rate of 71.4%. Concerning hauling in rebounds, they earned 37 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 12 assists for the game while having 6 steals and 4 blocks. In reference to defense, Memphis allowed their opponent to shoot 36.0% from the field by going 18 of 50. Houston dished out 10 assists and 8 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the Cougars had 41 rebounds (15 offensive, 26 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Houston finished the game at 65.2% from the free throw line by making 15 of 23 tries. They made 3 of 13 tries from distance. Precious Achiuwa is someone who saw a lot of minutes for the game. He scored 25 points on 9 of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 minutes and totaled 15 rebounds. Achiuwa finished shooting 45.0% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. An additional guy that saw a lot of court time in the matchup for the Tigers was Lester Quinones. He grabbed 6 boards and accumulated 2 assists. He finished shooting 36.4% from the field for this game by going 4-of-11 (10 points). When this game wrapped up, Quinones played for 35 minutes.
Memphis heads into this matchup after finishing with a win-loss mark of 21-10 last year. They had an average of 72.0 points per contest (144th in college basketball) while hitting 44.0% from the field. The Tigers hit on 32.9% on shots from distance (204 of 620) and 67.9% from the charity stripe. As a squad Memphis pulled down 40.0 rebounds per contest and totaled 438 assists last year, which ranked 111th in the nation in terms of passing. They gave up possession 16.5 times per game and as a basketball team committed 19.6 fouls every game. On the defensive end the Tigers forced 14.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they drew 19.5 personal fouls. The Tigers defense allowed and opponent field goal percentage of 36.1% (682 of 1,891) and they conceded 36.7 rebounds per game as a squad. They were ranked 89th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 358 relinquished over the course of last season. They surrendered 28.0% on three-point shots while they were 53rd in college basketball in points per game allowed (64.9).
The last time they took the hardwood, the St. Mary's Gaels took a loss by a score of 84-66 when they faced the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Gaels earned 18 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds for a total of 21 in the matchup. They also rejected 2 shots while recording 2 steals in the matchup. The Bulldogs were called for 17 fouls in this matchup which took the Gaels to the free throw line for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to knock down 15 of them for a percentage of 83.3%. In relation to shots from distance, St. Mary's knocked down 9 of their 17 tries (52.9%). In all, the Gaels finished 21 for 46 from the floor which had them at 45.7%. The Gaels permitted the Bulldogs to convert 31 out of their 58 tries from the field which had them sitting at 53.4% in the game. They went 33.3% from 3-point land by shooting 5 of 15 and finished the game at 17 out of 24 at the free throw line (70.8%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, St. Mary's permitted Gonzaga to snag 32 in all (9 offensive). Jordan Ford played a lot for the Gaels for the matchup. He buried 7 of 15 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 46.7%, which got him 27 points. Ford collected 2 boards in his 40 mins and had 4 dimes for the contest. One more player that played a role for St. Mary's was Malik Fitts. He finished with 17 points in 34 minutes played by way of 6 out of 12 from the floor for this game. Fitts walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor while totaling 2 assists and 9 total rebounds.
St. Mary's had a mark of 26-8 last season. When it comes to executing on offense the Gaels hit 47.9% from the field, which ranked them 13th in the nation. St. Mary's accounted for 2,559 points last season (75.3 per contest) and they grabbed 32.0 boards per game. They assisted teammates 11.9 times per contest (269th in the country) and they lost possession via turnover 9.9 times per game. The Gaels were responsible for committing 16.5 fouls per game and they went 75.4% from the charity stripe. The Gaels on the defensive end were ranked 111th in D-1 in points given up per game with 66.9. The St. Mary's defense from outside the perimeter allowed 33.8% on 3-pointers (204 of 603) and opponents made 71.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They forced their opponents into 11.8 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 45.2% from the floor (293rd in college basketball). They surrendered 9.8 assists and 30.3 total boards per game, which ranked them 11th and 11th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Memphis (-3)
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