West Virginia Mountaineers vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction, 12/2/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: West Virginia (+7.5)
The West Virginia Mountaineers (3-0) head to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday where they'll meet the Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-0). The spread on this game has Gonzaga as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 154.
West Virginia will play this contest with a mark of 3-0 on the campaign. They average 75.7 pts per game (121st in college hoops) on 41.1% from the field. The Mountaineers are connecting on 31.7% on shots beyond the perimeter (19 of 60) and 74.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, West Virginia is collecting 42.0 rebounds per game and has 37 assists for the year, which has them ranked 68th in the nation in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 11.3 times per game and as a unit are committing 16.0 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on the defensive end, the Mountaineers have forced 13.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.3 fouls. They give up 24.6% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 201st in college basketball in PPG allowed (67.0). The Mountaineers are giving up a FG percentage of 41.0% (77 of 188) and they concede 34.3 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 316th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 40 conceded so far this year.
The West Virginia Mountaineers faced off with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and walked away with a win by a score of 70-64 in their last contest. West Virginia finished the contest having earned a 43.9% field goal percentage (25 of 57) and converted 5 of their 12 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Mountaineers knocked down 15 of their 19 tries for a rate of 78.9%. In terms of grabbing boards, they collected 31 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 12 dimes in this game while earning 3 steals and 3 blocks. When it comes to defense, West Virginia allowed the other team to shoot 43.9% from the floor on 25 out of 57. Western Kentucky doled out 13 assists and 4 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Hilltoppers pulled down 26 rebounds (7 offensive, 19 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Western Kentucky walked away from this one shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by making 6 of their 8 attempts. They converted 4 of their 17 shots from 3-point range.
Sean McNeil is one guy who saw a lot of minutes for the contest. He had 9 points on 2 out of 9 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes played and collected 3 boards. McNeil went 22.2% from the field and distributed 3 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Mountaineers was Miles McBride. He pulled down 2 rebounds and totaled 3 dimes. He went 36.4% from the floor for the game by going 4-of-11 (14 points). In all, McBride played 36 min.
Gonzaga has a mark of 2-0 for the campaign. The Bulldogs are responsible for committing 16.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 75.7% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 17.5 times per contest (52nd in Division 1) and they turn the ball over 14.5 times per contest. Gonzaga has accounted for 192 points this season (96.0 per contest) and they pull in 38.5 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Bulldogs are shooting 58.5% from the floor, which ranks 97th in college basketball. The Bulldogs are ranked 297th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 78.5. They have forced 16.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.5% from the floor (185th in the nation). The Gonzaga defense allows 35.8% on shots from distance (19 of 53) and opponents are making 71.8% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 11.0 assists and 28.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 183rd and 112th in college basketball.
When they last stepped on the court, the Gonzaga Bulldogs got the win with a final of 90-67 when they faced the Auburn Tigers. The Bulldogs were able to snag 29 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 39 for this contest. They rejected 4 attempts while earning 7 steals in the matchup. The Tigers earned 17 personal fouls in this contest which took the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for a total of 17 shots. They were able to knock down 12 of the free throws for a percentage of 70.6%. When talking about shots from downtown, Gonzaga converted 6 out of their 21 attempts (28.6%). When all was said and done, the Bulldogs finished the game shooting 36 out of 68 from the field which had them at 52.9%. The Bulldogs allowed the Tigers to bury 22 out of their 59 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.3% in the matchup. They finished 31.4% from beyond the arc via 11 out of 35 and finished the contest at 12 of 15 at the charity stripe (80.0%). Regarding team rebounding, Gonzaga permitted Auburn to grab 32 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Corey Kispert ended up being important for the Bulldogs for the game. He made 9 of 14 in this contest giving him a rate of 64.3%, which earned him 25 points. Kispert had 6 boards in his 29 mins and tallied 2 assists in this contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Gonzaga was Drew Timme. He accumulated 28 points in 30 minutes played by way of 11 out of 16 from the floor for this contest. Timme walked away from this one going 68.8% from the floor in addition to collecting 2 assists and 10 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take West Virginia (+7.5)
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