Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Auburn Tigers Prediction, 12/22/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Auburn Tigers
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Location: Auburn Arena in Auburn, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Appalachian State (+14)
The Auburn Tigers (5-2) play the Appalachian State Mountaineers (6-2) at Auburn Arena on Tuesday. The odds on this contest have Auburn as 14-point favorites. The total is set at 137.
Appalachian State will take the court with a win-loss mark of 6-2 for the season. They are giving up possession 14.3 times per game and as a team they are committing 13.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Appalachian State is pulling down 43.1 rebounds per game and has accumulated 104 assists on the year, which has them ranked 78th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Mountaineers are hitting 30.8% on 3-pointers (60 of 195) and 80.0% from the free throw line. They are averaging 75.8 points per game (132nd in Division 1) while shooting 43.9% from the floor. Defensively, the Mountaineers are able to force 14.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.6 personal fouls. The Mountaineers defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 35.9% (165 of 459) and they surrender 30.3 boards per game as a group. They are ranked 198th in college basketball in allowing assists with 82 relinquished so far this season. They are relinquishing 27.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 7th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (55.4).
The Appalachian State Mountaineers took the court against the CIU Rams and went home with a win by a final score of 77-41 in their last contest. Appalachian State ended the contest with a 49.0% FG percentage (25 out of 51) and made 7 of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Mountaineers knocked down 20 of 25 shots for a percentage of 80.0%. When discussing hauling in boards, they compiled 45 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 13 assists in this contest in addition to earning 10 steals and 4 blocks. Regarding the defense, Appalachian State allowed their opponent to shoot 49.0% from the field on 25 out of 51. CIU earned 7 assists and 2 steals in the game. In addition, the Rams collected 18 rebounds (2 offensive, 16 defensive) and added 4 blocked shots. CIU finished the game shooting 40.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 4 of their 10 attempts. They knocked down 7 out of their 27 shots from long range.
Donovan Gregory is a guy who saw a lot of minutes for the matchup. He recorded 13 points on 3 of 7 shooting. He played 27 minutes and grabbed 9 rebounds. Gregory finished the game shooting 42.9% from the floor and earned 3 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in this game for the Mountaineers was Adrian Delph. He grabbed 3 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 54.5% from the floor in this game by shooting 6-of-11 (14 points). When the final whistle was blown, Delph played for 24 minutes.
Auburn has a mark of 5-2 on the year. As an offense, the Tigers are hitting on 44.6% from the floor, which is 188th in the nation. Auburn has totaled 539 pts so far this year (77.0 per contest) and they collect 41.0 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 14.9 times per contest (104th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 17.0 times per game. The Tigers commit 17.7 personal fouls per contest and they hit 61.0% from the free throw line. The Tigers are ranked 203rd in the nation in points per game surrendered with 71.4. They have relinquished 13.3 dimes and 34.9 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 194th and 159th in the nation. The Auburn defense concedes 29.7% on 3-point attempts (46 of 155) and opponents are converting on 65.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 16.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.7% from the field (205th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Auburn Tigers walked away with a victory by a final of 77-41 when they faced the Troy Trojans. The Tigers recorded 26 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 32 in this matchup. They rejected 5 shots while recording 9 steals for this game. The Trojans committed 22 fouls for the contest which took the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 70.0%. In the matter of shots from beyond the perimeter, Auburn made 7 of their 20 attempts (35.0%). In all, the Tigers finished 28 for 49 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 57.1%. The Tigers allowed the Trojans to knock down 15 of their 47 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 31.9% for the contest. They shot 20.0% from distance by connecting on 3 of 15 and finished the game at 8 of 16 from the free throw line (50.0%). In regard to team rebounding, Auburn allowed Troy to pull down 18 in total (5 offensive).
Allen Flanigan ended up playing a lot for the Tigers in the game. He buried 4 of 7 for the contest for a field goal rate of 57.1%, which got him 14 points. Flanigan snagged 3 rebounds in his 25 minutes played and added 4 dimes in the game. Someone else who saw a lot of minutes for Auburn was JT Thor. He was able to score 10 points in 19 minutes played by way of 4 out of 6 shooting in this matchup. Thor walked away from this one going 66.7% from the field while earning 2 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Auburn (-14)
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