Alcorn State Braves vs Vanderbilt Commodores Prediction, 12/27/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Alcorn State Braves vs Vanderbilt Commodores
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Location: Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Alcorn State (+22)
Memorial Gymnasium is the venue where and the Vanderbilt Commodores (3-2) will play the Alcorn State Braves (0-3) on Sunday. Alcorn State opens this contest as 22-point underdogs. The total is set at 144.
Alcorn State steps onto the hardwood with a record of 0-3 this season. The Braves are connecting on 26.9% on shots from beyond the arc (14 of 52) and 66.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 56.7 points per game (330th in college basketball) while going 35.2% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 19.0 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 22.7 fouls every game. As a unit, Alcorn State is pulling in 30.7 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 13 assists on the season, which has them ranked 335th in college hoops in terms of passing. Defensively, the Braves are forcing 10.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.0 personal fouls. The Braves defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 55.9% (99 of 177) and they surrender 39.7 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 62nd in the country in allowing assists to their opponents with 57 conceded for the year. They are giving up 44.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 333rd in D-1 in PPG allowed (98.3).
The Alcorn State Braves faced the Liberty Flames and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 108-65 in their last contest. Alcorn State walked away from the game having earned a 40.4% field goal percentage (21 out of 52) and converted 6 of their 17 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Braves knocked down 17 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 70.8%. In relation to rebounding, they collected 24 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 6 assists for this contest while getting 4 steals and 2 rejections. With regard to defending, Alcorn State allowed 40.4% from the floor on 21 of 52 shooting. Liberty earned 26 dimes and had 8 steals in the matchup. On top of that, the Flames collected 28 rebounds (4 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Liberty finished the game shooting 69.0% at the charity stripe by making 20 of 29 tries. They also buried 18 of 30 shots from three-point range.
David Pierce is one guy who was a factor for the game. He ended up finishing with 14 points on 5 out of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 30 minutes played and also pulled down 2 rebounds. Pierce finished the game at 41.7% from the field and totaled 2 dimes. One more player that played a role in this matchup for the Braves was Troymain Crosby. He snagged 5 rebounds and also accumulated 2 assists. He went 50.0% from the floor for this game by going 8-of-16 (24 points). Overall, Crosby was on the hardwood for 25 minutes.
Vanderbilt has a mark of 3-2 on the season. The Commodores are responsible for committing 15.4 fouls per contest while shooting 81.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.8 times per game (217th in the nation) and they are giving up possession 13.2 times per game. Vanderbilt has accounted for 352 points this year (70.4 per contest) and they grab 39.2 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Commodores are hitting on 40.9% from the field, which has them ranked 295th in the country. The Commodores on the defensive side of the court are 89th in college basketball in PPG given up with 65.0. They are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 42.2% from the floor (174th in D-1). The Vanderbilt defense surrenders 32.2% on three-point shots (37 of 115) and opponents are knocking down 64.9% of their free throw attempts. They concede 12.8 assists and 33.6 boards per contest, which has them ranked 177th and 119th in the country.
The last time they took the court, the Vanderbilt Commodores took a loss by a score of 85-65 when they played the Davidson Wildcats. The Commodores recorded 20 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards for a total of 24 in the game. They turned away 2 attempts while getting 4 steals for this game. The Wildcats earned 15 fouls in the matchup which got the Commodores to the free throw line for a total of 11 shots. They were able to convert 8 of those for a percentage of 72.7%. Regarding shooting from 3-point land, Vanderbilt made 11 out of 35 attempts (31.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Commodores walked away from this one shooting 23 out of 58 from the floor which had them sitting at 39.7%. The Commodores allowed the Wildcats to make 25 out of 57 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 43.9% in the game. They finished shooting 35.7% from downtown by hitting 10 out of 28 and ended up going 25 out of 38 from the free throw line (65.8%). Concerning how they attacked the glass, Vanderbilt allowed Davidson to get 44 overall (16 on the offensive glass).
Scotty Pippen was important for the Commodores in this matchup. He made 8 out of 17 in this matchup for a rate of 47.1%, which earned him 24 points. Pippen snagged 2 rebounds in his 34 minutes and had 3 dimes in this contest. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Vanderbilt was Dylan Disu. He accumulated 13 points in his 34 minutes on the court via 4 of 12 shooting for the game. Disu walked away from this one going 33.3% from the floor while contributing 2 dimes and 11 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Vanderbilt (-22)
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