Portland Pilots vs St. Mary's Gaels Prediction, 1/7/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Portland Pilots vs St. Mary's Gaels
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023
Location: University Credit Union Pavilion in Moraga, CA
TV: Youtube TV
The St. Mary's Gaels (13-4) will take on the Portland Pilots (8-9) at University Credit Union Pavilion on Saturday.
The Portland Pilots faced off with BYU and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 71-58 in their last game. When discussing fouls, the Pilots walked away with 20 and BYU racked up 25 fouls. They knocked down 9 out of their 26 tries from beyond the arc. BYU ended up shooting 73.7% from the charity stripe by burying 14 of their 19 attempts. Additionally, BYU had 30 boards (5 offensive, 25 defensive), but wasn't able to put a block in the stat sheet. BYU totaled 15 assists and had 1 steal in the game. With respect to defense, Portland allowed their opponent to shoot 49.0% from the field on 24 out of 49 shooting. They also distributed 6 dimes for this contest while forcing the opposition into 19 turnovers and getting 8 steals. Concerning hauling in rebounds, they earned 21 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. At the charity stripe, the Pilots buried 16 of 27 shots for a percentage of 59.3%. Portland wrapped up the game with a 37.5% FG percentage (18 out of 48) and made 6 out of their 21 shots from 3-point land.
Kristian Sjolund is a player who was a contributor in the game. He ended up going 52.6% from the field but finished the game without an assist. He saw the court for 32 mins and also grabbed 6 rebounds. He totaled 32 points on 10 out of 19 shooting.
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Portland will play this contest with a win-loss record of 8-9 for the season. They are turning it over 12.9 times per game and as a team are committing 18.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Portland is snagging 34.3 rebounds per contest and has racked up 270 dimes for the season, which is 9th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Pilots are hitting 37.7% on shots from beyond the arc (162 of 430) and 71.0% from the free throw line. They are averaging 77.6 pts per contest (75th in college basketball) while shooting 45.8% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Pilots are forcing their opponents into 13.6 turnovers every game while drawing 21.9 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 339th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 231 conceded for the season. The Pilots defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 43.2% (443 of 1,026) and they relinquish 35.2 boards per contest as a unit. They are giving up 37.0% on 3-point attempts and they are 289th in the nation in PPG allowed (73.3).
For their last game, the St. Mary's Gaels got the win with a final of 84-64 when they played Academy of Art. With respect to rebounds, St. Mary's allowed Academy of Art to snag 28 in all (9 offensive). They shot 25.0% from beyond the arc by hitting 4 of 16 and ended up shooting 16 out of 26 from the free throw line (61.5%). The Gaels allowed Academy of Art to convert 22 out of 55 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 40.0% in this game. When all was said and done, the Gaels finished the game shooting 29 out of 58 from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.0%. Pertaining to three-point attempts, St. Mary's buried 12 of their 25 tries (48.0%). They were able to knock down 14 of the free throws for a percentage of 73.7%. Academy of Art committed 20 personal fouls for the contest which got the Gaels to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They also turned it over 17 times, while recording 8 steals for the game. The Gaels corralled 27 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 36 for the contest.
Aidan Mahaney ended up being a factor for the Gaels in this matchup. He knocked down 7 of 12 in the matchup giving him a rate of 58.3%, and earned 1 rebound. He scored 19 points in his 30 mins on the court and accounted for 2 assists in this game.
St. Mary's has a mark of 13-4 this year. As an offensive team, the Gaels are connecting on 45.8% from the field, which ranks them 120th in the country. St. Mary's has earned 1,197 points this season (70.4 per contest) and they pull in 37.1 rebounds per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 12.9 times per contest (232nd in the country) and they turn the ball over 11.6 times per contest. The Gaels have committed 16.1 fouls per game and they connect on 64.5% from the charity stripe.
The St. Mary's defense gives up 31.9% on shots from beyond the arc (87 of 273) and their opponents are converting on 74.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 7.4 dimes and 28.9 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 2nd and 4th in college hoops. The Gaels are ranked 10th in college basketball in PPG given up with 58.2. They are forcing 13.1 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 39.9% from the field (52nd in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take St. Mary's
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