San Jose State Spartans vs St. Mary's Gaels Prediction, 12/11/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose State Spartans vs St. Mary's Gaels
Date: Friday, December 11, 2020
Location: University Credit Union Pavilion in Moraga, CA
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose State (+17.5)
The St. Mary's Gaels (5-1) host the San Jose State Spartans (1-0) at University Credit Union Pavilion on Friday. St. Mary's opens this matchup as 17.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 141.5.
San Jose State will enter this game with a win-loss record of 1-0 this season. The Spartans are connecting on 38.5% on three-point attempts (10 of 26) and 65.0% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 87 points per contest (33rd in the nation) while connecting on 48.5% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 16 times per contest and as a group are committing 16 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, San Jose State is snagging 48 boards per contest and has totaled 17 assists on the campaign, which is 296th in the country in terms of passing. Defensively, the Spartans have forced 7 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19 fouls. The Spartans defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 37.2% (29 of 78) and they concede 41 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 9th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 12 relinquished on the season. They give up 18.5% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 265th in D-1 in points per game allowed (79.0).
The San Jose State Spartans played the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds and walked away with a win by a score of 87-79 in their last game. San Jose State finished the contest with a 48.5% field goal percentage (32 out of 66) and made 10 of their 26 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Spartans knocked down 13 of their 20 shots for a percentage of 65.0%. In terms of hauling in boards, they collected 45 with 9 of them being offensive. They also dished out 17 dimes for this contest while earning 3 steals and 5 blocks. With regard to defending, San Jose State allowed their opponent to shoot 48.5% from the floor on 32 out of 66. Fresno Pacific distributed 12 assists and 3 steals for this contest. Additionally, the Sunbirds snagged 37 boards (10 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Fresno Pacific ended up shooting 80.0% when shooting free throws by converting 16 of 20 shots. They converted 5 of 27 shots from downtown.
Richard Washington is one player who was pivotal in the matchup. He scored 38 points on 12 of 21 shooting. He played for 34 mins played and collected 12 rebounds. Washington shot 57.1% from the field and also earned 2 assists. Another guy that played a role in the matchup for the Spartans was Omari Moore. He pulled down 11 rebounds and totaled 5 assists. He finished 63.6% from the field in this game by shooting 7-of-11 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, Moore was on the court for 32 min.
St. Mary's has a mark of 5-1 for the season. St. Mary's has scored 422 points for the campaign (70.3 per game) and they snag 35.8 boards per game. The Gaels are responsible for committing 14.7 fouls per game while shooting 73.9% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Gaels are connecting on 45.6% from the field, which ranks 166th in the nation. They are earning an assist 13.0 times per game (187th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.8 times per game. The Gaels defensively are ranked 66th in college basketball in points given up per game with 62.8. The St. Mary's defense gives up 36.4% on 3-point attempts (32 of 88) and opponents are making 67.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 7.0 dimes and 29.8 rebounds per contest, which is 11th and 29th in college basketball. They are forcing 10.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.0% from the floor (151st in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the St. Mary's Gaels got the win with a final of 73-61 when they played the UTEP Miners. The Gaels recorded 27 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 33 in this contest. They also blocked 5 shots while recording 5 steals for the game. The Miners committed 16 personal fouls in this game which got the Gaels to the free throw line for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to convert 16 of them for a rate of 76.2%. When talking about 3-pointers, St. Mary's converted 5 out of 11 attempts (45.5%). When the game finished, the Gaels ended up going 26 for 48 from the floor which gave them a rate of 54.2%. The Gaels permitted the Miners to make 24 out of 64 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 37.5% in the game. They went 35.3% from 3-point land by shooting 6 of 17 and finished the contest at 7 out of 8 at the free throw line (87.5%). With respect to cleaning the glass, St. Mary's permitted UTEP to grab 23 in total (7 offensive).
Tommy Kuhse ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Gaels for this game. He converted 10 of 18 for the game giving him a rate of 55.6%, which earned him 24 points. Kuhse collected 5 rebounds in his 38 minutes played and had 5 assists for the game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for St. Mary's was Alex Ducas. He ended up finishing with 11 points in 35 minutes played by going 2 of 6 shooting for the matchup. Ducas walked away from this one going 33.3% from the field while also contributing 2 assists and 3 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take St. Mary's (-17.5) and under 141.5 points
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