St. Mary's Gaels vs San Diego State Aztecs Prediction, 12/17/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Mary's Gaels vs San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Friday, December 17, 2021
Location: Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ
The San Diego State Aztecs (6-3) will take on the St. Mary's Gaels (10-2) at Footprint Center on Friday.
The St. Mary's Gaels played Cal St. Stanislaus and took home the win by a score of 76-39 in their last game. In regard to fouls, the Gaels ended up finishing with 14 while Cal St. Stanislaus racked up 20 fouls. They buried 4 of 18 shots from beyond the arc. Cal St. Stanislaus ended up going 58.3% at the charity stripe by making 7 of their 12 shots. Furthermore, Cal St. Stanislaus snagged 25 rebounds (10 offensive, 15 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Cal St. Stanislaus doled out 9 dimes and had 9 steals in the game. Pertaining to the defense, St. Mary's let their opponent shoot 21.9% from the field on 14 of 64 shooting. They also doled out 13 assists for this game in addition to forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and having 10 steals. When discussing rebounding, they collected 44 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. At the free throw line, the Gaels knocked down 17 of 25 tries for a rate of 68.0%. St. Mary's finished the contest with a 49.1% field goal percentage (26 of 53) and knocked down 7 out of their 22 shots from 3-point land.
Kyle Bowen is someone who was a contributor in the matchup. He left the arena with 12 points on 4 out of 6 shooting. He saw the court for 30 mins played and snagged 9 rebounds. He finished 66.7% from the field but finished the game without a dime.
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St. Mary's comes into this game with a record of 10-2 for the season. They are turning it over 12.8 times per contest and as a unit are committing 15.9 fouls per game. As a team, St. Mary's is grabbing 34.8 boards per game and is sitting with 168 assists on the season, which has them ranked 49th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Gaels are connecting on 34.1% on shots from distance (88 of 258) and 69.6% from the charity stripe. They average 68.1 pts per contest (266th in college basketball) while going 46.6% from the field.
Defensively, the Gaels are forcing their opponents into 12.5 turnovers every game while drawing 15.7 fouls. They concede 31.5% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 15th in college basketball in opponents points per game (57.6). The Gaels are allowing a field goal percentage of 40.1% (258 of 643) and they relinquish 28.0 boards per game as a team. They rank 26th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 93 relinquished for the year.
The last time they took the hardwood, the San Diego State Aztecs took home the win by a final score of 66-56 when they played Cal State Fullerton. The Aztecs pulled down 22 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 31 for the matchup. They also coughed it up 16 times, while earning 11 steals in this matchup. Cal State Fullerton committed 19 fouls in this contest which got the Aztecs to the free throw line for a total of 14 shots. They were able to knock down 10 of those for a rate of 71.4%. Concerning shooting from distance, San Diego State converted 8 out of 18 attempts (44.4%). When all was said and done, the Aztecs shot 24 for 53 from the floor which had them shooting 45.3%. The Aztecs permitted Cal State Fullerton to convert 21 out of 54 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 38.9% for the matchup. They shot 31.8% from three-point range by shooting 7 of 22 and finished the game at 7 out of 10 at the free throw line (70.0%). In relation to rebounding, San Diego State permitted Cal State Fullerton to collect 24 in total (8 offensive).
Matt Bradley pitched in for the Aztecs in the matchup. He had 22 points in his 35 minutes on the court and totaled 3 dimes for this game. He made 8 out of 18 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 44.4%, and totaled 2 rebounds.
San Diego State has a win-loss record of 6-3 this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Aztecs are shooting 41.1% from the floor, which ranks 302nd in the nation. San Diego State has accounted for 571 pts on the campaign (63.4 per game) and they grab 35.4 boards per contest. They are earning an assist 10.8 times per game (321st in the nation) and they are turning it over 12.8 times per game. The Aztecs have committed 17.4 fouls per game and they connect on 66.1% from the charity stripe.
The San Diego State defense concedes 27.8% on shots from beyond the arc (47 of 169) and opponents are converting on 60.6% of their free throw shots. They surrender 10.2 dimes and 35.7 boards every game, which is ranked 48th and 226th in those categories. The Aztecs are ranked 29th in the nation in points given up per game with 59.2. They are able to force 13.4 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 38.8% from the field (41st in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take St. Mary's
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