Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Pepperdine Waves Prediction, 1/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Pepperdine Waves
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Gonzaga (-21)
The Pepperdine Waves (7-7) host the Gonzaga Bulldogs (16-0) at Firestone Fieldhouse on Saturday. Pepperdine opens this matchup as 21-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 165.
Gonzaga heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 16-0 so far this season. They are losing possession via turnover 11.8 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 16.9 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Gonzaga is snagging 39.8 boards per contest and has accumulated 321 dimes on the season, which is 2nd in the country in terms of passing. The Bulldogs are shooting 35.7% on three-point shots (115 of 322) and 72.4% from the free throw line. They average 94.1 points per contest (1st in Division 1) while hitting 55.0% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Bulldogs have forced 15.3 turnovers per game and they draw 20.3 personal fouls. They give up 34.6% from beyond the arc and they rank 174th in the nation in PPG allowed (70.1). The Bulldogs are allowing a FG percentage of 41.1% (403 of 980) and they concede 30.7 boards per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 220th in Division 1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 187 surrendered on the year.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs played the San Diego Toreros and took home the win by a score of 90-62 in their last contest. Gonzaga wrapped up the game having earned a 57.6% field goal percentage (34 of 59) and buried 8 of their 19 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Bulldogs made 14 of 21 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. In relation to hauling in boards, they compiled a total of 38 with 8 of them being offensive. They also distributed 23 assists in this game while getting 11 steals and 3 blocked shots. Concerning the defense, Gonzaga allowed their opponent to shoot 57.6% from the floor on 34 of 59 shooting. San Diego dished out 13 dimes and had 8 steals for the matchup. On top of that, the Toreros pulled down 26 rebounds (3 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 3 rejections. San Diego finished shooting 50.0% at the free throw line by making 4 of 8 attempts. They also converted 8 out of their 16 tries from 3-point range.
Drew Timme is someone who was a factor for the game. He ended up with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting. He played 28 mins and collected 7 boards. Timme ended up shooting 61.5% from the floor and also recorded 2 assists. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Bulldogs was Corey Kispert. He totaled 8 boards and earned 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 61.5% from the floor in the game by hitting 8-of-13 (19 points). When all was said and done, Kispert saw the court for 30 min.
Pepperdine has a record of 7-7 on the campaign. Pepperdine has totaled 1,066 pts for the season (76.1 per game) and they collect 35.5 boards per game. The Waves are committing 19.2 fouls every game and they hit 80.0% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Waves are connecting on 44.9% from the floor, which ranks 149th in college basketball. They are dishing out assists 16.8 times per game (30th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 13.5 times per game. The Waves are ranked 250th in college basketball in points given up per game with 73.4. They concede 14.5 dimes and 37.1 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 273rd and 265th in those categories on the defensive end. The Pepperdine defense gives up 27.7% from downtown (86 of 310) and their opposition knocks down 70.5% of their foul shots. They are able to force 14.1 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.2% from the floor (192nd in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Pepperdine Waves took home the win by a final score of 76-73 against the BYU Cougars. The Waves were able to pull down 25 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 34 in the game. They turned away 2 shots while earning 9 steals for the matchup. The Cougars were called for 19 personal fouls in the game which took the Waves to the free throw line for a total of 22 shots. They were able to knock down 17 of them for a rate of 77.3%. When discussing shots from beyond the arc, Pepperdine converted 3 out of 16 attempts (18.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Waves shot 28 for 66 from the floor which had them at 42.4%. The Waves permitted the Cougars to knock down 25 of their 57 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.9% for the game. They shot 25.0% from three-point range by connecting on 5 of 20 and ended up going 18 out of 19 from the charity stripe (94.7%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Pepperdine allowed BYU to pull down 34 in total (6 offensive).
Colbey Ross ended up having an impact for the Waves in this contest. He buried 4 out of 17 for this game for a rate of 23.5%, which got him 19 points. Ross collected 7 boards in his 38 mins and accounted for 6 dimes in the game. An additional guy that was important for Pepperdine was Kessler Edwards. He ended up with 18 points in his 37 minutes on the court via 7 out of 14 shooting for this contest. Edwards finished going 50.0% from the field and also contributing 2 assists and 6 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Pepperdine (+21)
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