Abilene Christian Wildcats vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Abilene Christian Wildcats vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, TX
TV: Big 12 Network
Odds/Point Spread: Abilene Christian (+16)
The Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-1) host the Abilene Christian Wildcats (5-0) at United Supermarkets Arena on Wednesday. Texas Tech opens this matchup as 16-point favorites. The over/under is set at 131.
Abilene Christian enters this one with a record of 5-0 for the season. They have an average of 74.0 points per outing (158th in the country) on 44.8% from the floor. The Wildcats are connecting on 40.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (42 of 104) and 60.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Abilene Christian is pulling in 33.0 rebounds per contest and has racked up 75 dimes this year, which is 32nd in the nation in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 15.6 times per game and as a group they are committing 18.0 fouls per game. On the defensive end of the court, the Wildcats have forced 24.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 23.2 personal fouls. The Wildcats defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.3% (97 of 247) and they relinquish 33.4 boards per contest as a squad. They are ranked 145th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 42 conceded so far this season. They are relinquishing 21.5% from 3-point land and they are 14th in college basketball in points per game allowed (55.2).
The Abilene Christian Wildcats played the Tarleton State Texans and walked away with a win by a score of 69-48 in their last game. Abilene Christian wrapped up the contest with a 41.1% field goal percentage (23 of 56) and knocked down 9 of 27 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 14 of 22 tries for a rate of 63.6%. In the matter of pulling down rebounds, they compiled a total of 29 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 15 assists for the matchup in addition to getting 10 steals and 2 blocked shots. When discussing the defense, Abilene Christian allowed the other team to go 41.1% from the floor on 23 out of 56. Tarleton State distributed 5 dimes and 10 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Texans snagged 30 rebounds (5 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Tarleton State finished the contest at 58.6% when shooting free throws by converting 17 of 29 shots. They buried 1 out of their 8 tries from distance.
Coryon Mason is one player who was important in this contest. He ended up walking away with 8 points on 2 out of 7 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 mins played and grabbed 2 rebounds. Mason went 28.6% from the floor and also totaled 2 assists. One more player that saw a lot of court time in this game for the Wildcats was Reggie Miller. He snagged 3 rebounds and also accumulated 5 dimes. He finished the game at 40.0% from the field in this game via 2-of-5 (8 points). When the final whistle blew, Miller saw the court for 30 minutes.
Texas Tech has a win-loss record of 4-1 on the season. As an offensive team, the Red Raiders are shooting 48.4% from the field, which ranks 117th in college basketball. Texas Tech has totaled 399 points so far this season (79.8 per contest) and they average 37.4 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 16.2 times per contest (88th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 13.2 times per game. The Red Raiders commit 18.2 personal fouls per game and they shoot 68.5% from the charity stripe. The Red Raiders are ranked 6th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 52.0. They have conceded 6.6 assists and 31.8 total rebounds per game, which is 11th and 70th in D-1. The Texas Tech defense gives up 21.2% on 3-pointers (21 of 99) and opponents are connecting on 63.5% of their free throw shots. They have forced 20.6 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 34.0% from the field (15th in the country).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Texas Tech Red Raiders walked away with a victory by a final of 81-40 when they played the Grambling Tigers. The Red Raiders earned 22 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 35 in this contest. They also turned away 7 tries while recording 13 steals for the game. The Tigers committed 23 personal fouls for this game which got the Red Raiders to the free throw line for a total of 27 attempts. They were able to bury 21 of the free throw tries for a clip of 77.8%. In relation to shots from beyond the arc, Texas Tech converted 8 of their 18 tries (44.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Red Raiders ended up shooting 26 for 62 from the field which had them sitting at 41.9%. The Red Raiders allowed the Tigers to make 13 of 37 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 35.1% for the contest. They went 14.3% from beyond the arc by shooting 2 out of 14 and walked away from this one shooting 12 out of 20 from the free throw line (60.0%). When it comes to team rebounding, Texas Tech allowed Grambling to snag 26 in total (3 offensive).
Kyler Edwards played big minutes for the Red Raiders in the game. He knocked down 4 of 8 for the matchup giving him a rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 13 points. Edwards collected 11 rebounds in his 26 mins and added 5 assists in this game. Another guy that ended up being a major factor for Texas Tech was Terrence Shannon. He totaled 12 points in 22 minutes on the court by way of 5 of 7 shooting in this contest. Shannon finished going 71.4% from the field in addition to contributing 2 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Abilene Christian (+16)
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