Pepperdine Waves vs San Diego State Aztecs Prediction, 12/6/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pepperdine Waves vs San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Pepperdine (+9.5)
Viejas Arena is the venue where and the San Diego State Aztecs (3-0) will play the Pepperdine Waves (2-1) on Sunday. San Diego State opens this matchup as 9.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 144.5.
Pepperdine will play this contest with a mark of 2-1 so far this season. They turn it over 13.7 times per game and as a group they commit 21.7 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Pepperdine is snagging 44.7 boards per contest and has accounted for 62 dimes this year, which ranks 40th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. The Waves are hitting 25.8% on 3-point shots (24 of 93) and 90.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 92.7 pts per game (18th in college basketball) while shooting 47.1% from the field. When they are on defense, the Waves have forced 13.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.0 fouls. They give up 28.2% on shots from distance and they are ranked 196th in college basketball in points per game allowed (74.7). The Waves defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 36.8% (77 of 209) and they relinquish 37.0 boards per game as a unit. They rank 211th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 46 surrendered for the campaign.
The Pepperdine Waves faced off with the Saint Katherine Firebirds and notched a win by a score of 94-45 in their last contest. Pepperdine ended having earned a 52.2% FG percentage (36 of 69) and knocked down 7 out of their 28 3-pointers. When shot from the charity stripe, the Waves made 15 of 16 attempts for a rate of 93.8%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they collected 47 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 26 assists for the contest as well as getting 9 steals and 7 blocks. In relation to defense, Pepperdine allowed their opponent to shoot 52.2% from the floor on 36 of 69. Saint Katherine earned 8 assists and 8 steals in this game. Additionally, the Firebirds pulled down 24 rebounds (9 offensive, 15 defensive) and got 7 blocks. Saint Katherine went 68.4% from the charity stripe by burying 13 of their 19 shots. They also converted 4 of 22 attempts from 3-point range.
Colbey Ross is a guy who had an impact in this game. He accounted for 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 33 mins played and grabbed 2 rebounds. Ross finished the game shooting 62.5% from the field and dished out 9 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this game for the Waves was Kessler Edwards. He collected 7 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He finished shooting 57.1% from the floor for this game by shooting 8-of-14 (18 points). When all was said and done, Edwards played 31 min.
San Diego State has a record of 3-0 on the season. As an offense, the Aztecs are hitting on 44.9% from the floor, which is ranked 190th in Division 1. San Diego State has 233 pts on the season (77.7 per contest) and they grab 35.0 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 15.0 times per game (105th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 9.7 times per game. The Aztecs commit 18.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 75.0% from the free throw line. The Aztecs on the defensive end are ranked 8th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 52.3. The San Diego State defense allows 29.2% on 3-point attempts (19 of 65) and their opponents are converting on 65.2% of their foul shots. They have given up 12.3 dimes and 33.3 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 138th and 89th in D-1. They are forcing their opponents into 19.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 36.7% from the field (41st in college basketball).
When they last played, the San Diego State Aztecs got the win with a final of 83-41 against the Saint Katherine Firebirds. The Aztecs corralled 34 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards totaling 38 in this contest. They rejected 3 attempts while getting 12 steals for the game. The Firebirds committed 19 personal fouls in the game which got the Aztecs to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to knock down 18 of the free throws for a clip of 81.8%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, San Diego State buried 11 of their 29 attempts (37.9%). Overall, the Aztecs shot 27 for 56 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.2%. The Aztecs permitted the Firebirds to bury 14 out of 56 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 25.0% in this game. They shot 26.9% from beyond the perimeter via 7 of 26 and ended up going 6 out of 8 at the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to attacking the glass, San Diego State permitted Saint Katherine to get 29 in all (5 on the offensive glass).
Terrell Gomez ended up being a major contributor for the Aztecs in the matchup. He knocked down 5 of 7 for the matchup for a rate of 71.4%, which had him finishing with 13 points. Gomez grabbed 3 boards in his 23 mins and had 2 assists in this matchup. Another guy who was a determining factor for San Diego State was Jordan Schakel. He was able to score 16 points in 22 minutes played by going 4 of 8 shooting for the contest. Schakel ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor while also earning 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Pepperdine (+9.5)
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