Portland Pilots vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction, 1/14/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Portland Pilots vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023
Location: McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, WA
The Portland Pilots (8-10) are on their way to McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday where they will meet the Gonzaga Bulldogs (14-3).
The Portland Pilots played St. Mary's and went home with a loss by a final score of 85-43 in their last contest. Portland wrapped up the contest with a 26.1% field goal percentage (12 of 46) and knocked down 1 of their 19 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Pilots converted 18 of 25 shots for a rate of 72.0%. In reference to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 27 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 5 assists as well as forcing the other team into 5 turnovers, but wasn't able to record a steal. In the matter of defense, Portland let their opponent shoot 52.4% from the floor on 33 of 63 shooting. St. Mary's doled out 13 dimes and had 11 steals in the matchup. Furthermore, St. Mary's grabbed 38 rebounds (10 offensive, 28 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. St. Mary's finished 75.0% when shooting free throws by converting 9 of their 12 attempts. They converted 10 of 29 shots from 3-point land. When it comes to fouls, the Pilots ended up walking away with 14 and St. Mary's finished the game with 23 fouls.
Alden Applewhite is someone who was a contributor in this contest. He ended up walking away with 13 points on 3 out of 4 shooting. He saw the court for 19 minutes and also collected 4 boards. He ended up shooting 75.0% from the floor but had no assists when the time ran out.
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Portland will take the court with a win-loss mark of 8-10 for the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.1 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.9 fouls every game. As a unit, Portland is pulling down 33.9 rebounds per contest and has 275 assists on the year, which is 21st in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Pilots are connecting on 36.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (163 of 449) and 71.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 75.7 points per contest (102nd in the country) while shooting 44.9% from the floor.
On defense, the Pilots have forced 13.3 turnovers every game while drawing 21.9 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 313th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 244 relinquished for the campaign. The Pilots defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.7% (476 of 1,089) and they surrender 35.5 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They relinquish 36.8% on shots from downtown and they rank 308th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (73.9).
In their last game, the Gonzaga Bulldogs walked away with a victory by a final of 81-76 when they faced Santa Clara. In reference to team rebounding, Gonzaga permitted Santa Clara to pull down 38 in all (13 on the offensive side). They shot 31.3% from beyond the perimeter by going 5 of 16 and finished the contest at 3 of 4 from the free throw line (75.0%). The Bulldogs allowed Santa Clara to knock down 34 of 72 tries from the field which had them shooting 47.2% in the game. At the conclusion of this game, the Bulldogs ended up shooting 30 for 64 from the field which gave them a rate of 46.9%. When discussing 3-point shots, Gonzaga made 7 of their 19 tries (36.8%). They were able to convert 14 of the free throw tries for a rate of 63.6%. Santa Clara committed 21 fouls in this matchup which got the Bulldogs to the free throw line for a total of 22 attempts. They turned the ball over 9 times, while recording 3 steals for this contest. The Bulldogs pulled down 24 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 35 in this contest.
Nolan Hickman ended up being a factor for the Bulldogs in this game. He buried 8 of 9 for this game for a field goal percentage of 88.9%, and had 2 rebounds. He tallied 20 points in his 32 mins on the court and had 2 assists in the matchup.
Gonzaga has a win-loss mark of 14-3 for the campaign. As an offense, the Bulldogs are shooting 51.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 1st in D-1. Gonzaga has tallied 1,461 pts for the year (85.9 per game) and they grab 37.6 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 16.5 times per contest (27th in the nation) and they turn it over 11.9 times per game. The Bulldogs are committing 16.6 fouls every game and they go 70.2% from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs defensively are ranked 280th in college basketball in PPG allowed with 72.9. They are forcing 14.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 44.0% from the floor (241st in D-1). The Gonzaga defense surrenders 32.4% on 3-point shots (125 of 386) and opponents are making 74.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 11.9 assists and 32.3 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 129th and 78th in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Portland
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