Gonzaga Bulldogs vs St. Mary's Gaels Prediction, 2/4/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs St. Mary's Gaels
Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Location: University Credit Union Pavilion in Moraga, CA
The St. Mary's Gaels (19-4) will try to defeat the Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-4) at University Credit Union Pavilion on Saturday.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs faced Portland and notched a win by a score of 82-67 in their last contest. Gonzaga ended the contest with a 51.8% field goal percentage (29 of 56) and knocked down 11 of their 23 three-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs converted 13 of their 20 shots for a rate of 65.0%. When discussing getting rebounds, they earned 26 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 15 assists in this matchup while creating 17 turnovers and earning 12 steals. In terms of the defense, Gonzaga allowed their opponent to shoot 47.9% from the floor on 23 out of 48 shooting. Portland doled out 12 dimes and had 7 steals in the matchup. Moreover, Portland grabbed 24 rebounds (5 offensive, 19 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Portland finished shooting 68.8% when shooting free throws by converting 11 of their 16 attempts. They also converted 10 of their 24 attempts from beyond the arc. When talking about fouls, the Bulldogs ended up with 14 and Portland racked up 17 fouls.
Julian Strawther is a guy who was a contributor in the game. He accounted for 40 points on 14 out of 21 shooting. He was on the court for 37 mins and also totaled 6 boards. He ended up going 66.7% from the floor and totaled 1 assist.
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Gonzaga comes into this contest with a mark of 18-4 so far this season. They currently have an average of 86.3 points per game (1st in college basketball) while going 51.8% from the floor. The Bulldogs are hitting 38.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (174 of 454) and 68.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, Gonzaga is grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game and has earned 362 assists this year, which has them ranked 27th in the country in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 11.5 times per game and as a group are committing 16.7 fouls every game.
Defensively, the Bulldogs are able to force 14.7 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.5 fouls. They are giving up 34.6% on shots from downtown and they rank 288th in D-1 in points per game allowed (73.4). The Bulldogs defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 44.6% (589 of 1,321) and they concede 31.9 boards per game as a team. They rank 131st in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 270 surrendered so far this season.
The last time they took the court, the St. Mary's Gaels got the victory with a final of 57-56 when they faced BYU. When discussing cleaning the glass, St. Mary's allowed BYU to collect 24 overall (7 offensive). They shot 33.3% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 6 out of 18 and finished the game at 6 out of 10 at the free throw line (60.0%). The Gaels permitted BYU to make 22 out of 52 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.3% for this game. When all was said and done, the Gaels ended up going 22 out of 51 from the floor which had them at 43.1%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, St. Mary's converted 6 out of their 14 attempts (42.9%). They were able to make 7 of the free throws for a clip of 87.5%. BYU had 10 fouls in this contest which took the Gaels to the free throw line for 8 attempts. They turned it over 10 times, while earning 8 steals for the matchup. The Gaels corralled 16 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 21 for the matchup.
Logan Johnson pitched in for the Gaels for the matchup. He recorded 14 points in his 37 minutes of playing time and tallied 2 dimes in this matchup. He made 5 of 11 for the matchup giving him a rate of 45.5%, and had 3 rebounds.
St. Mary's has a mark of 19-4 this season. As an offense, the Gaels are connecting on 46.6% from the floor, which is 66th in the nation. St. Mary's has earned 1,643 pts so far this season (71.4 per game) and they average 36.6 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 12.9 times per game (214th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 10.8 times per contest. The Gaels commit 16.3 fouls per game and they connect on 66.7% from the charity stripe.
The Gaels on the defensive end are ranked 4th in the nation in PPG surrendered with 57.1. They have forced 13.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.6% from the floor (23rd in D-1). The St. Mary's defense gives up 31.0% on shots from distance (116 of 374) and opponents are making 72.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 7.3 assists and 28.6 total boards per game, which ranks them 2nd and 4th in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Gonzaga
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