Gonzaga Bulldogs vs St. Mary's Gaels Prediction, 1/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs St. Mary's Gaels
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: University Credit Union Pavilion in Moraga, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Gonzaga (-16)
The St. Mary's Gaels (9-4) play the Gonzaga Bulldogs (13-0) at University Credit Union Pavilion on Saturday. Gonzaga opens this matchup as 16-point favorites. The over/under is set at 147.
Gonzaga steps onto the court with a win-loss mark of 13-0 so far this season. They turn it over 11.8 times per game and as a unit they are committing 17.3 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Gonzaga is grabbing 40.0 boards per game and has tallied 273 assists for the year, which is 2nd in D-1 in terms of passing. The Bulldogs are connecting on 34.2% on three-point shots (91 of 266) and 71.3% from the free throw line. They have an average of 96.0 points per contest (1st in college basketball) while shooting 55.4% from the floor. On defense, the Bulldogs are able to force 15.8 turnovers every game while drawing 20.7 fouls. The Bulldogs are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 42.6% (337 of 792) and they concede 30.3 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are 260th in college basketball in allowing assists with 158 surrendered for the year. They give up 34.6% on shots from downtown and they are 242nd in Division 1 in points per game allowed (73.2).
The Gonzaga Bulldogs took the court against the Pepperdine Waves and went home with a win by a final score of 95-70 in their last game. Gonzaga ended the contest having earned a 53.1% FG percentage (34 of 64) and knocked down 9 of 23 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Bulldogs made 18 of their 27 shots for a rate of 66.7%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned 42 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 18 assists for the matchup as well as getting 11 steals and 2 blocks. In regard to defense, Gonzaga let their opponent shoot 53.1% from the floor on 34 out of 64 shooting. Pepperdine recorded 11 dimes and had 10 steals in this game. On top of that, the Waves totaled 26 rebounds (4 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Pepperdine finished shooting 75.0% at the free throw line by burying 15 of 20 attempts. They converted 7 out of their 19 attempts from beyond the arc.
Corey Kispert is one player who played a role for this game. He ended up walking away with 23 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He played 36 minutes and also snagged 8 rebounds. Kispert ended up shooting 53.8% from the floor and recorded 2 assists. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Bulldogs was Drew Timme. He had 7 rebounds and also earned 4 dimes. He shot 50.0% from the floor for the game by shooting 8-of-16 (20 points). When the final whistle blew, Timme was on the hardwood for 36 min.
St. Mary's has a record of 9-4 for the campaign. The Gaels are committing 16.6 fouls every game and they connect on 73.1% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 11.3 times per contest (289th in Division 1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.2 times per game. St. Mary's has earned 879 pts for the year (67.6 per game) and they grab 37.2 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Gaels are connecting on 43.7% from the floor, which is 210th in college hoops. The Gaels are ranked 16th in college hoops in PPG given up with 61.0. They are forcing their opponents into 11.1 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.2% from the floor (105th in D-1). The St. Mary's defense allows 34.5% on shots from 3-point land (67 of 194) and opponents are knocking down 71.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They allow 7.4 assists and 29.8 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 1st and 18th in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the St. Mary's Gaels took a loss by a final score of 62-52 when they played the BYU Cougars. The Gaels were able to corral 24 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 29 for the game. They blocked 3 attempts while recording 5 steals in the game. The Cougars earned 15 personal fouls for this game which got the Gaels to the charity stripe for 13 attempts. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throws for a percentage of 61.5%. When it comes to 3-pointers, St. Mary's knocked down 6 of 22 tries (27.3%). When this game wrapped up, the Gaels went 19 out of 50 from the floor which had them at 38.0%. The Gaels allowed the Cougars to convert 25 out of their 56 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.6% for the matchup. They finished shooting 10.0% from 3-point land by going 1 out of 10 and ended up going 11 out of 15 at the free throw line (73.3%). When it comes to team rebounding, St. Mary's allowed BYU to get 32 in all (7 on the offensive side).
Tommy Kuhse ended up being a major contributor for the Gaels in the game. He converted 5 of 11 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 45.5%, which got him 12 points. Kuhse grabbed 2 rebounds in his 40 mins played and had 4 dimes for the contest. An additional guy who was a determining factor for St. Mary's was Quinn Clinton. He notched 12 points in his 27 minutes on the court by way of 3 out of 6 shooting for the game. Clinton ended up shooting 50.0% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. Mary's (+16)
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