Pacific Tigers vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction, 1/23/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pacific Tigers vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2021
Location: McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Pacific (+25.5)
McCarthey Athletic Center is the venue where and the Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-0) will play the Pacific Tigers (5-2) on Saturday. Pacific opens this game as 25.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 153.
Pacific will enter this matchup with a mark of 5-2 on the year. The Tigers are shooting 30.8% on three-point attempts (37 of 120) and 67.6% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 70.7 pts per contest (212th in Division 1) while going 42.7% from the field. They are turning it over 12.7 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 18.0 fouls per contest. As a unit, Pacific is pulling down 37.4 rebounds per game and has totaled 87 assists so far this season, which is 322nd in the country in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end of the court, the Tigers have forced 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.3 fouls. They are surrendering 30.9% on 3-point shots and they rank 62nd in the country in points per game allowed (65.1). The Tigers defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 40.4% (161 of 399) and they surrender 31.7 boards per game as a team. They are 16th in Division 1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 80 relinquished this season.
The Pacific Tigers took the court against the Pepperdine Waves and went home with a loss by a final score of 85-68 in their last contest. Pacific ended having earned a 47.3% FG percentage (26 of 55) and knocked down 6 of their 21 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Tigers made 10 of 16 tries for a percentage of 62.5%. Pertaining to hauling in boards, they earned a total of 28 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 13 dimes in this game as well as getting 12 steals and 6 rejections. Pertaining to defense, Pacific allowed the other team to shoot 47.3% from the floor on 26 out of 55 shooting. Pepperdine recorded 25 dimes and had 9 steals in this matchup. Additionally, the Waves collected 37 rebounds (12 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 6 blocks. Pepperdine finished 81.0% at the charity stripe by making 17 of 21 tries. They also knocked down 12 out of their 24 shots from three-point range.
Pierre Crockrell is one guy who came through for this game. He totaled 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 24 minutes played and collected 2 boards. Crockrell finished the game shooting 87.5% from the floor and totaled 3 dimes. Another guy that was a determining factor in this matchup for the Tigers was Jahbril Price-Noel. He pulled down 3 rebounds and also tallied 2 dimes. He finished the game at 71.4% from the floor for the game by going 5-of-7 (15 points). Overall, Price-Noel saw the court for 22 min.
Gonzaga has a win-loss record of 14-0 this year. The Bulldogs are committing 17.1 personal fouls every game and they go 72.0% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 19.9 times per game (3rd in the nation) and they cough up possession 11.7 times per contest. Gonzaga has totaled 1,321 points on the year (94.4 per contest) and they grab 39.2 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Bulldogs are hitting on 55.3% from the field, which is 10th in the country. The Bulldogs defensively are ranked 228th in D-1 in PPG given up with 72.1. They are forcing their opponents into 15.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.0% from the floor (133rd in college basketball). The Gonzaga defense gives up 35.0% on shots from 3-point land (107 of 306) and opponents are converting on 73.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 12.2 assists and 30.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 127th and 27th in college hoops.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Gonzaga Bulldogs went home victorious with a score of 73-59 when they played the St. Mary's Gaels. The Bulldogs were able to pull down 26 defensive rebounds and 1 offensive boards for a total of 27 for this game. They rejected 5 attempts while earning 6 steals for the contest. The Gaels were called for 15 fouls for this contest which got the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for a total of 15 tries. They were able to make 13 of the free throws for a percentage of 86.7%. In regard to shots from 3-point land, Gonzaga made 4 of 11 tries (36.4%). When the game finished, the Bulldogs went 28 out of 52 from the floor which gave them a rate of 53.8%. The Bulldogs allowed the Gaels to make 22 of 63 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 34.9% for the game. They finished 39.1% from 3-point land by shooting 9 of 23 and ended up shooting 6 out of 8 from the charity stripe (75.0%). When discussing rebounding, Gonzaga allowed St. Mary's to snag 28 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Corey Kispert ended up having an impact for the Bulldogs for the contest. He converted 5 out of 11 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 45.5%, which got him 17 points. Kispert collected 5 boards in his 39 minutes and accumulated 2 dimes in this contest. One more player that was important for Gonzaga was Joel Ayayi. He ended up with 16 points in 36 minutes played via 8 out of 13 shooting in this matchup. Ayayi walked away from this one going 61.5% from the field while also earning 2 assists and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Gonzaga (-25.5)
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