Santa Clara Broncos vs St. Mary's Gaels Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Santa Clara Broncos vs St. Mary's Gaels
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: University Credit Union Pavilion in Moraga, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Santa Clara (+7.5)
The St. Mary's Gaels (9-2) play the Santa Clara Broncos (6-2) at University Credit Union Pavilion on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have St. Mary's as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 126.
Santa Clara comes into this contest with a mark of 6-2 so far this season. They turn it over 13.4 times per game and as a squad they commit 17.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Santa Clara is grabbing 42.3 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 101 assists for the season, which has them ranked 229th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Broncos are hitting 23.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (35 of 148) and 63.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 67.3 points per contest (276th in college hoops) while hitting 40.9% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Broncos are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers per game and they draw 22.1 fouls. The Broncos defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 36.5% (176 of 482) and they relinquish 36.6 boards per game as a group. They are ranked 116th in Division 1 in allowing assists with 96 surrendered this season. They are surrendering 31.7% on 3-point attempts and they are 42nd in the country in opponents PPG (63.3).
The Santa Clara Broncos faced the USC Trojans and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 86-63 in their last contest. Santa Clara ended having earned a 37.7% field goal percentage (23 of 61) and made 2 out of their 17 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Broncos converted 15 of 24 shots for a percentage of 62.5%. When it comes to pulling down boards, they collected a total of 37 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 10 assists in this game as well as having 5 steals and 5 rejections. When talking about defending, Santa Clara let their opponent shoot 37.7% from the floor on 23 out of 61 shooting. USC earned 13 dimes and had 7 steals for this contest. In addition, the Trojans snagged 41 rebounds (15 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 5 rejections. USC went 57.9% when shooting free throws by converting 11 of 19 tries. They buried 7 out of their 14 attempts from distance.
Josip Vrankic is someone who was a major factor for the game. He notched 13 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 24 mins played and also collected 6 boards. Vrankic ended up going 54.5% from the floor and totaled 2 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in the game for the Broncos was Christian Carlyle. He snagged 2 rebounds and also collected 2 assists. He shot 62.5% from the field in this game by hitting 5-of-8 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Carlyle played 20 minutes.
St. Mary's has a record of 9-2 for the campaign. As an offense, the Gaels are shooting 44.6% from the field, which ranks 174th in college basketball. St. Mary's has totaled 763 pts this season (69.4 per contest) and they pull in 37.9 boards per game. They are getting an assist 12.0 times per game (264th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.5 times per contest. The Gaels are responsible for committing 16.4 fouls per game while shooting 74.1% from the free throw line. The Gaels are ranked 21st in D-1 in PPG given up with 60.5. The St. Mary's defense gives up 34.9% from downtown (60 of 172) and their opponents are converting on 70.6% of their free throw attempts. They allow 7.2 dimes and 29.1 boards per game, which has them ranked 1st and 15th in Division 1. They have forced 11.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 40.4% from the field (78th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the St. Mary's Gaels got the victory with a final of 63-45 when they faced the Sacramento State Hornets. The Gaels were able to pull down 30 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for this game. They also rejected 2 tries while getting 6 steals in this matchup. The Hornets earned 22 fouls for the game which took the Gaels to the free throw line for a total of 22 shots. They were able to make 19 of them for a percentage of 86.4%. When it comes to shots from beyond the perimeter, St. Mary's converted 4 of their 15 attempts (26.7%). At the conclusion of this game, the Gaels shot 20 for 45 from the floor which had them at 44.4%. The Gaels allowed the Hornets to convert 15 out of their 47 attempts from the field which had them shooting 31.9% for the matchup. They went 30.0% from three-point range by going 3 out of 10 and finished the contest at 12 out of 17 from the free throw line (70.6%). When discussing attacking the glass, St. Mary's allowed Sacramento State to collect 15 in all (4 offensive).
Tommy Kuhse was important for the Gaels in the matchup. He buried 3 out of 11 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 27.3%, which earned him 17 points. Kuhse totaled 6 boards in his 38 mins played and earned 7 dimes in this contest. Another guy that was pivotal for St. Mary's was Matthias Tass. He racked up 16 points in 29 minutes on the court via 6 out of 8 shooting for this game. Tass ended the game having shot 75.0% from the field while collecting 2 dimes and 6 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take St. Mary's (-7.5) and under 126 points
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