Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Tennessee Volunteers Prediction, 12/15/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Appalachian State (+18)
The Tennessee Volunteers (2-0) play the Appalachian State Mountaineers (4-1) at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday. The spread on this matchup has Tennessee as 18-point favorites. The over/under is set at 130.5.
Appalachian State comes into this contest with a mark of 4-1 on the year. They cough up possession 14.2 times per contest and as a group are committing 12.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Appalachian State is grabbing 43.6 boards per contest and has 73 assists on the season, which ranks 120th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Mountaineers are hitting 31.3% on shots from distance (41 of 131) and 82.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 80.8 pts per contest (66th in the country) while hitting 45.8% from the field. When they are on defense, the Mountaineers have forced 16.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.2 fouls. The Mountaineers defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 35.7% (104 of 291) and they relinquish 29.8 rebounds per game as a team. They currently rank 137th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 53 relinquished on the campaign. They are relinquishing 26.7% on 3-point attempts and they are 9th in D-1 in points per game allowed (55.2).
The Appalachian State Mountaineers stepped onto the hardwood against the Charlotte 49ers and went home with a win by a final score of 61-57 in their last game. Appalachian State wrapped up the contest having earned a 40.8% FG percentage (20 out of 49) and knocked down 5 of 21 3-point attempts. From the free throw line, the Mountaineers made 16 of their 21 shots for a rate of 76.2%. In the matter of grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 27 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 8 assists for this contest in addition to earning 4 steals and 10 rejections. When discussing defense, Appalachian State allowed their opponent to shoot 40.8% from the floor on 20 of 49. Charlotte distributed 12 dimes and 4 steals for the matchup. Additionally, the 49ers snagged 28 rebounds (3 offensive, 25 defensive) and got 10 blocks. Charlotte shot 78.6% at the charity stripe by making 11 of their 14 tries. They buried 8 of their 23 shots from beyond the arc.
Kendall Lewis is one guy who saw a lot of action for the game. He left the arena with 15 points on 4 out of 7 shooting. He was on the court for 34 minutes and also snagged 7 boards. Lewis finished shooting 57.1% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in this contest for the Mountaineers was Adrian Delph. He grabbed 5 boards and also accumulated 5 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 53.8% from the field for the contest by connecting on 7-of-13 (21 points). Overall, Delph was on the hardwood for 39 minutes.
Tennessee has a win-loss mark of 2-0 for the campaign. Tennessee has accounted for 121 points for the year (60.5 per contest) and they pull in 38.5 boards per game. The Volunteers have committed 12.5 fouls every game and they shoot 80.0% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Volunteers are hitting on 33.9% from the field, which has them ranked 348th in the country. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 10.5 times per contest (289th in the country) and they are giving up possession 13.0 times per game. The Volunteers on the defensive end are ranked 4th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 51.5. They are forcing 20.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 35.8% from the floor (22nd in the nation). The Tennessee defense gives up 26.0% on shots from distance (13 of 50) and their opponents are making 73.7% of their free throw shots. They give up 10.5 assists and 36.0 boards per game, which is ranked 68th and 182nd in college basketball.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Tennessee Volunteers went home victorious with a score of 65-56 when they faced the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Volunteers were able to pull down 26 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 39 in the game. They also stuffed 4 tries while recording 4 steals for the matchup. The Bearcats earned 26 personal fouls for this game which took the Volunteers to the charity stripe for a total of 30 tries. They were able to knock down 25 of the free throws for a rate of 83.3%. When discussing shots from 3-point land, Tennessee converted 2 out of their 12 attempts (16.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Volunteers finished shooting 19 for 59 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 32.2%. The Volunteers permitted the Bearcats to make 22 of their 58 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 37.9% for this game. They finished 28.6% from beyond the arc via 8 of 28 and finished the game at 4 of 7 at the charity stripe (57.1%). Concerning rebounding, Tennessee allowed Cincinnati to collect 28 in all (6 offensive).
John Fulkerson saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Volunteers for the game. He knocked down 4 of 11 in the game for a field goal percentage of 36.4%, which had him finishing with 15 points. Fulkerson collected 12 boards in his 34 minutes and had 2 dimes in this game. An additional guy who saw a lot of action for Tennessee was Yves Pons. He was able to score 8 points in his 29 minutes played by way of 4 out of 9 from the floor in the game. Pons ended up shooting 44.4% from the floor while totaling 2 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Tennessee (-18)
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