Alabama A&M Bulldogs vs Ohio State Buckeyes Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Alabama A&M Bulldogs vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: Value City Arena in Columbus, OH
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Alabama A&M (+30.5)
The Alabama A&M Bulldogs (1-0) go to Value City Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0). The odds on this matchup have Ohio State as 30.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 134.5.
Alabama A&M enters this one with a mark of 1-0 for the year. They are giving up possession 19 times per game and as a unit are committing 19 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Alabama A&M is pulling down 39 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 21 assists on the campaign, which ranks 231st in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Bulldogs are connecting on 30.0% on shots from 3-point land (6 of 20) and 62.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 78 points per game (108th in the nation) while going 53.4% from the floor. Defensively, the Bulldogs are forcing their opponents into 14 turnovers per contest while drawing 18 personal fouls. They currently rank 29th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 13 relinquished on the season. The Bulldogs defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 41.4% (29 of 70) and they surrender 36 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They give up 20.8% on three-point shots while they are 209th in the country in PPG allowed (76).
The Alabama A&M Bulldogs took the court against the Samford Bulldogs and went home with a win by a final score of 78-76 in their last game. Alabama A&M wrapped up the contest with a 53.4% field goal percentage (31 of 58) and made 6 out of their 20 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs knocked down 10 of 16 tries for a rate of 62.5%. Concerning hauling in boards, they collected 35 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 21 assists in the game while earning 6 steals and 7 blocked shots. In relation to defense, Alabama A&M allowed the other team to go 53.4% from the floor on 31 of 58. Samford doled out 13 dimes and 9 steals in the game. Moreover, the Bulldogs collected 31 rebounds (7 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 7 blocks. Samford finished the game shooting 72.2% from the charity stripe by converting 13 of 18 tries. They also knocked down 5 of their 24 shots from distance.
Cameron Tucker is a player who came through for this contest. He finished with 9 points on 3 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 minutes played and grabbed 6 boards. Tucker finished the game shooting 37.5% from the field and also dished out 10 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this game for the Bulldogs was Garrett Hicks. He pulled down 8 rebounds and had 2 assists. He finished 46.7% from the floor for this contest by connecting on 7-of-15 (18 points). When the game finished, Hicks saw the court for 34 min.
Ohio State has a mark of 3-0 for the campaign. Ohio State has totaled 245 pts for the campaign (81.7 per game) and they pull down 42.3 rebounds per contest. The Buckeyes are committing 16.3 personal fouls per game while shooting 76.5% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes are connecting on 44.4% from the floor, which is ranked 201st in the nation. Their rate of earning assists is at 14.0 times per contest (123rd in the country) and they turn it over 8.7 times per contest. The Buckeyes on the defensive side of the court are 37th in Division 1 in PPG surrendered with 58.3. They are forcing 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 33.9% from the floor (23rd in college basketball). The Ohio State defense allows 38.0% on shots from 3-point land (27 of 71) and opponents are connecting on 78.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 11.7 assists and 32.0 boards per contest, which is 113th and 61st in college hoops.
The last time they took the court, the Ohio State Buckeyes got the victory with a final of 77-44 when they faced the Morehead State Eagles. The Buckeyes corralled 26 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards for a total of 40 for the matchup. They also blocked 3 shots while getting 7 steals for this contest. The Eagles were called for 16 personal fouls in this contest which got the Buckeyes to the free throw line for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throws for a clip of 81.3%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Ohio State made 10 out of 26 tries (38.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Buckeyes went 27 out of 61 from the field which had them shooting 44.3%. The Buckeyes allowed the Eagles to make 13 of their 52 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 25.0% in this contest. They finished 33.3% from distance by shooting 7 out of 21 and walked away from this one shooting 11 out of 13 at the free throw line (84.6%). Concerning team rebounding, Ohio State allowed Morehead State to grab 27 in total (9 offensive).
CJ Walker ended up being a factor for the Buckeyes in the matchup. He converted 3 of 8 in this game for a rate of 37.5%, which got him 11 points. Walker collected 4 rebounds in his 33 mins and accounted for 4 dimes for this contest. One more player that ended up being a major factor for Ohio State was E.J. Liddell. He finished with 16 points in his 28 minutes played by going 6 out of 9 from the floor in this contest. Liddell ended the game having shot 66.7% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Ohio State (-30.5)
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