San Diego Toreros vs Gonzaga Bulldogs Prediction, 2/23/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: San Diego Toreros vs Gonzaga Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
Location: McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, WA
McCarthey Athletic Center is the location where the Gonzaga Bulldogs (23-5) will attempt to beat the San Diego Toreros (11-17) on Thursday.
The San Diego Toreros played St. Mary's and took a loss by a score of 62-59 in their last game. San Diego finished having earned a 37.3% FG percentage (22 of 59) and knocked down 6 out of their 24 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Toreros converted 9 of 12 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. With respect to hauling in boards, they collected 24 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 10 assists in the matchup as well as forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and having 6 steals. In the matter of defending, San Diego allowed the other team to shoot 44.2% from the field on 23 of 52 shooting. St. Mary's totaled 17 assists and had 3 steals in the game. Furthermore, St. Mary's pulled down 37 rebounds (8 offensive, 29 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. St. Mary's shot 72.7% at the charity stripe by converting 8 of their 11 shots. They also converted 8 out of their 24 shots from three-point range. When talking about personal fouls, the Toreros ended up finishing with 15 while St. Mary's racked up 11 personal fouls.
Nic Lynch is one player who was a factor in this contest. He shot 66.7% from the field but wasn't able to get a dime. He played for 34 minutes and also pulled down 3 rebounds. He ended up with 17 points on 6 out of 9 shooting.
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San Diego enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 11-17 this season. They are averaging 77.9 points per outing (46th in the nation) on 45.4% from the field. The Toreros are connecting on 36.1% from downtown (222 of 615) and 76.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, San Diego is pulling in 33.3 rebounds per game and has earned 363 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 195th in the nation in terms of passing. They are turning it over 11.5 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 17.2 fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Toreros are forcing their opponents into 13.3 turnovers per game while drawing 17.7 personal fouls. They rank 359th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 480 surrendered for the year. The Toreros defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 48.9% (801 of 1,637) and they relinquish 34.3 boards per game as a unit. They are giving up 40.6% on shots from downtown while they are 355th in the nation in PPG allowed (79.5).
In their last game, the Gonzaga Bulldogs took home the win by a final score of 97-88 against Pepperdine. The Bulldogs were able to pull down 20 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 28 in this matchup. They also coughed it up 8 times, while getting 3 steals for the game. Pepperdine was called for 18 fouls for the matchup which took the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for a total of 24 tries. They were able to make 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 66.7%. In relation to shots from distance, Gonzaga knocked down 7 of their 18 attempts (38.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs finished shooting 37 for 65 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 56.9%. The Bulldogs allowed Pepperdine to convert 33 out of 64 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 51.6% for the contest. They shot 30.4% from three-point range by connecting on 7 of 23 and ended up shooting 15 of 22 from the free throw line (68.2%). In relation to rebounding, Gonzaga permitted Pepperdine to pull down 31 in total (10 offensive).
Drew Timme was important for the Bulldogs for the matchup. He recorded 34 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood and had 2 dimes in this contest. He converted 15 out of 20 for this contest for a rate of 75.0%, and had 7 rebounds.
Gonzaga has a win-loss record of 23-5 for the season. The Bulldogs commit 17.2 personal fouls per game and they shoot 69.8% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 16.1 times per game (21st in college hoops) and they lose possession via turnover 11.0 times per game. Gonzaga has accounted for 2,449 pts so far this year (87.5 per contest) and they average 36.6 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Bulldogs are shooting 52.5% from the field, which ranks 1st in the nation.
The Bulldogs on the defensive side of the court are 299th in college basketball in PPG given up with 74.2. They are able to force 14.2 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.8% from the floor (268th in college basketball). The Gonzaga defense gives up 33.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (223 of 658) and their opponents are making 73.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They have given up 12.1 dimes and 31.9 total boards per game, which is ranked 135th and 60th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Gonzaga
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