Duke Blue Devils vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction, 11/26/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Duke Blue Devils vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Friday, November 26, 2021
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena is where the Gonzaga Bulldogs (6-0) will attempt to defeat the Duke Blue Devils (6-0) on Friday.
The Duke Blue Devils faced The Citadel and earned the victory with a final of 107-81 in their last contest. Duke ended the contest with a 48.6% FG percentage (36 out of 74) and made 8 out of their 30 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Blue Devils made 27 of their 29 tries for a rate of 93.1%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they earned 44 with 17 of them being offensive. They also recorded 25 assists in this matchup while creating 13 turnovers and getting 8 steals. With regard to defending, Duke allowed the other team to go 48.4% from the field on 31 out of 64 shooting. The Citadel totaled 21 assists and had 1 steal in this matchup. Additionally, The Citadel snagged 26 rebounds (7 offensive, 19 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. The Citadel finished the game shooting 20.0% at the free throw line by converting 1 of 5 tries. They also converted 18 of 34 attempts from 3-point land. In the matter of personal fouls, the Blue Devils finished with 13 and The Citadel accounted for 20 personal fouls.
Paolo Banchero is one player who was a factor in this matchup. He totaled 28 points on 10 out of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 31 minutes and also pulled down 8 boards. He finished 52.6% from the floor and also distributed 6 dimes.
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Duke comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 6-0 for the year. They are turning it over 8.8 times per contest and as a unit are committing 12.3 fouls every game. As a team, Duke is grabbing 41.0 rebounds per game and has accumulated 112 assists on the year, which is 7th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Blue Devils are connecting on 33.3% on 3-pointers (49 of 147) and 78.4% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 85.8 points per contest (29th in the nation) while connecting on 49.0% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Blue Devils are forcing their opponents into 15.0 turnovers every game and they draw 16.3 fouls. They rank 306th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 84 conceded so far this year. The Blue Devils defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.3% (149 of 379) and they surrender 33.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They surrender 32.1% from beyond the arc and they are 73rd in the country in PPG from their opponents (61.8).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Gonzaga Bulldogs got the victory with a final of 83-63 against UCLA. In reference to rebounding, Gonzaga permitted UCLA to collect 27 overall (10 offensive). They wrapped up this game 16.7% from three-point range by going 2 of 12 and finished the game at 13 out of 18 from the free throw line (72.2%). The Bulldogs allowed UCLA to convert 24 out of their 69 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 34.8% in the game. At the conclusion of this game, the Bulldogs ended up shooting 28 for 50 from the floor which gave them a rate of 56.0%. In terms of three-point shots, Gonzaga made 9 of 23 attempts (39.1%). They were able to convert 18 of those for a percentage of 78.3%. UCLA had 17 fouls for the game which took the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for 23 tries. They also gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while earning 4 steals for the game. The Bulldogs were able to corral 32 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in this contest.
Andrew Nembhard ended up being a major contributor for the Bulldogs for this contest. He made 9 of 13 for the contest for a field goal rate of 69.2%, and had 5 rebounds. He had 24 points in his 40 minutes on the hardwood and earned 6 dimes for this game.
Gonzaga has a win-loss record of 6-0 on the season. When it comes to offense, the Bulldogs are shooting 55.6% from the field, which ranks 1st in D-1. Gonzaga has 549 points so far this year (91.5 per game) and they pull in 40.7 rebounds per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 19.0 times per game (17th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.8 times per contest. The Bulldogs commit 15.7 fouls per game while shooting 74.4% from the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs defensively are ranked 55th in college basketball in PPG given up with 60.2. They have forced 14.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 37.4% from the field (36th in D-1). The Gonzaga defense surrenders 29.1% on 3-point attempts (34 of 117) and their opponents are connecting on 65.5% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 9.7 dimes and 28.0 rebounds per contest, which ranks 55th and 11th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Gonzaga
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