San Diego at Gonzaga: 2/20/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

San Diego at Gonzaga: 2/20/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Gonzaga Bulldogs (21-0) vs San Diego Toreros (3-7)

Game Info: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 8:00 pm (McCarthey Athletic Center)

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The San Diego Toreros will travel to the McCarthey Athletic Center to take on the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The San Diego Toreros improved to 3-7 on the season after defeating the Santa Clara Broncos, 71-60, this past Thursday night. San Diego played well considering it was their first live action in about three weeks and was able to pull away late in the 2nd half after a 14-3 run gave the Toreros a 67-56 lead with just 2:09 left in regulation. San Diego shot 40.0% from the field and 27.8% from beyond the arc while Santa Clara shot just 36.2% from the field and 26.7% from beyond the arc. San Diego was outrebounded by Santa Clara by a 44-43 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 16-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Toreros was Joey Calcaterra who had 23 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, San Diego is averaging 65.6 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Toreros are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Diego has been led by Joey Calcaterra (14.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.9 apg), Josh Parrish (10.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.7 apg), Vladimir Pinchuk (8.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg), & Frankie Hughes (8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.5 apg).

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Defensively, San Diego is allowing their opponents to average 73.9 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Toreros have a rebound margin of -5.6 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

The top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs improved to 21-0 on the season after defeating the Saint Mary’s Gaels, 87-65, this past Thursday. Gonzaga had no trouble putting up plenty of offense against Saint Mary’s and easily cruised to victory in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 51-24 lead. Gonzaga shot 61.1% from the field and 57.1% from beyond the arc while Saint Mary’s shot 45.5% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc. Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s each pulled down 26 rebounds while the Bulldogs won the turnover battle by a 19-15 margin. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Corey Kispert who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, & 1 steal.

On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 92.8 ppg on 55.4% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Gonzaga has been led by Corey Kispert (19.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 apg), Drew Timme (19.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, Jalen Suggs (13.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.1 spg), & Joel Ayayi (11.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Gonzaga is allowing their opponents to average 69.1 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 7.7 and a turnover margin of 3.5.

The Toreros are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Bulldogs are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games.

As with many of Gonzaga’s games in the WCC, we can expect the Bulldogs to get out to probably about a 30-point lead by halftime and it will just depend in the garbage time of the 2nd half if the opposing team can do enough to cover with the large number of points that they are getting. San Diego has struggled on both ends of the court this season ranking 294th in scoring offense & 262nd in scoring defense and as Gonzaga was able to pick up a 28-point victory on the road at San Diego in late January, I think Gonzaga does better on their home court in this one and wins this one by a 35-40 point margin. Take Gonzaga to cover. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Gonzaga Bulldogs -33

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