Grand Canyon Antelopes vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction, 3/17/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Grand Canyon Antelopes vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Friday, March 17, 2023
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Grand Canyon (+15)
The Grand Canyon Antelopes (24-11) are on their way to Ball Arena on Friday where they will attempt to beat the Gonzaga Bulldogs (28-5). Grand Canyon opens this contest as 15-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total has been set at 157.
The Grand Canyon Antelopes took the court against Southern Utah and earned the victory with a final of 84-66 in their last contest. In relation to personal fouls, the Antelopes ended up with 16 while Southern Utah recorded 18 personal fouls. They made 8 of 23 attempts from 3-point land. Southern Utah ended up going 73.7% when shooting free throws by making 14 of their 19 shots. On top of that, Southern Utah collected 29 rebounds (8 offensive, 21 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Southern Utah distributed 12 dimes and had 4 steals for this game. In the matter of defense, Grand Canyon allowed the other team to go 34.9% from the floor on 22 out of 63 shooting. They also doled out 23 assists in this game in addition to forcing 8 turnovers and having 5 steals. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they earned 40 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Antelopes made 11 of 18 shots for a rate of 61.1%. Grand Canyon ended having earned a 54.5% FG percentage (30 out of 55) and made 13 of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Rayshon Harrison is one player who was a contributor in the game. He ended up going 55.6% from the floor and totaled 8 dimes. He saw the court for 37 mins played and also snagged 8 rebounds. He notched 31 points on 10 out of 18 shooting.
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Grand Canyon comes into this game with a mark of 24-11 for the season. They are giving up possession 12.1 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 18.1 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Grand Canyon is collecting 36.9 boards per game and has accounted for 441 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 136th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Antelopes are shooting 38.3% on three-point shots (314 of 819) and 71.6% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 75.3 pts per contest (93rd in Division 1) while hitting 46.3% from the field.
Defensively, the Antelopes are forcing 10.7 turnovers every game and they draw 17.9 fouls. They are giving up 31.4% from beyond the arc while they are 82nd in D-1 in points per game allowed (66.8). The Antelopes defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.5% (833 of 2,056) and they relinquish 33.5 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are ranked 61st in college basketball in allowing assists with 361 surrendered for the year.
For their last game, the Gonzaga Bulldogs got the victory with a final of 77-51 when they played St. Mary's. In reference to rebounding, Gonzaga allowed St. Mary's to get 25 overall (8 on the offensive side). They went 25.0% from distance by shooting 4 out of 16 and finished the game at 11 out of 15 at the free throw line (73.3%). The Bulldogs allowed St. Mary's to convert 18 out of 54 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 33.3% for the matchup. When all was said and done, the Bulldogs finished shooting 29 for 50 from the floor which gave them a rate of 58.0%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, Gonzaga knocked down 8 of their 14 tries (57.1%). They were able to convert 11 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 78.6%. St. Mary's committed 15 personal fouls in this game which took the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for a total of 14 attempts. They gave up possession 9 times, while recording 4 steals for the contest. The Bulldogs were able to pull down 27 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards totaling 32 in this game.
Drew Timme ended up being important for the Bulldogs in this contest. He earned 18 points in his 20 mins on the hardwood and accounted for 2 dimes for the game. He converted 8 out of 10 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 80.0%, and had 6 rebounds.
Gonzaga has a record of 28-5 for the campaign. The Bulldogs have committed 16.8 fouls every game and they connect on 70.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 16.6 times per game (12th in college hoops) and they lose possession via turnover 10.6 times per contest. Gonzaga has totaled 2,888 pts so far this season (87.5 per game) and they collect 36.5 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Bulldogs are shooting 52.9% from the field, which is 1st in Division 1.
The Bulldogs on the defensive end are ranked 267th in Division 1 in points allowed per game with 72.9. They have forced 13.9 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.4% from the field (223rd in the country). The Gonzaga defense allows 34.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (270 of 779) and opponents are converting on 73.5% of their free throw shots. They have surrendered 12.0 assists and 31.4 total rebounds per game, which is 126th and 35th in those categories on the defensive end.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Grand Canyon (+15)
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