Arizona State Sun Devils vs Grand Canyon Antelopes Prediction, 12/13/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona State Sun Devils vs Grand Canyon Antelopes
Date: Sunday, December 13, 2020
Location: GCU Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona State (-8)
The Grand Canyon Antelopes (3-0) host the Arizona State Sun Devils (3-2) at GCU Arena on Sunday. Arizona State opens this matchup as 8-point favorites. The total is set at 151.5.
Arizona State comes into this matchup with a record of 3-2 for the year. They are giving up possession 11.8 times per game and as a team they are committing 21.8 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Arizona State is grabbing 33.0 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 63 dimes this year, which ranks 105th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Sun Devils are hitting 36.2% on three-point attempts (47 of 130) and 69.0% from the free throw line. They average 81.2 pts per game (71st in Division 1) while hitting 45.5% from the field. On defense, the Sun Devils are able to force 16.6 turnovers every game while drawing 21.4 personal fouls. They are giving up 36.1% on 3-point attempts while they are 255th in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (78.0). The Sun Devils are allowing a shooting percentage of 44.7% (130 of 291) and they concede 39.4 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 231st in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 65 surrendered for the season.
The Arizona State Sun Devils played the San Diego State Aztecs and took a loss by a final of 80-68 in their last game. Arizona State finished the game having earned a 34.5% field goal percentage (20 of 58) and knocked down 13 of their 34 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Sun Devils knocked down 15 of their 22 tries for a rate of 68.2%. In terms of rebounding, they earned 32 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 14 assists for this contest while earning 5 steals and 5 blocked shots. In relation to defending, Arizona State allowed the other team to shoot 34.5% from the floor on 20 out of 58. San Diego State earned 14 assists and 8 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Aztecs grabbed 38 boards (11 offensive, 27 defensive) and got 5 rejections. San Diego State ended up going 72.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 18 of 25 attempts. They also knocked down 8 of 25 shots from beyond the arc.
Alonzo Verge is a player who saw a lot of minutes for the contest. He ended up finishing with 25 points on 8 of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 30 minutes played and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Verge finished the game at 40.0% from the floor and totaled 4 dimes. One more player that saw a lot of minutes in this matchup for the Sun Devils was Jalen Graham. He collected 4 rebounds and also totaled 2 assists. He shot 50.0% from the field for the matchup by shooting 4-of-8 (10 points). In all, Graham saw the court for 32 min.
Grand Canyon has a record of 3-0 for the season. Grand Canyon has tallied 251 points for the year (83.7 per contest) and they average 49.3 boards per game. The Antelopes are committing 17.0 fouls every game and they shoot 56.4% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Antelopes are hitting on 51.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 66th in college hoops. They are earning an assist 17.3 times per contest (53rd in the country) and they turn the ball over 11.3 times per game. The Antelopes defensively are ranked 14th in the country in points allowed per contest with 55.0. The Grand Canyon defense gives up 28.6% on shots from beyond the arc (22 of 77) and opponents are making 68.9% of their free throw shots. They allow 9.7 dimes and 26.7 rebounds per contest, which ranks 43rd and 7th in Division 1. They are forcing 12.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 33.1% from the floor (7th in the country).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Grand Canyon Antelopes got the win with a final of 88-49 when they faced the MVSU Delta Devils. The Antelopes were able to corral 36 defensive boards and 16 offensive rebounds for a total of 52 for this contest. They turned away 2 shots while earning 4 steals for the contest. The Delta Devils were called for 17 fouls in this contest which took the Antelopes to the free throw line for a total of 15 shots. They were able to bury 5 of those for a clip of 33.3%. Regarding shots from distance, Grand Canyon converted 7 of 26 tries (26.9%). Overall, the Antelopes ended up going 38 for 69 from the floor which had them at 55.1%. The Antelopes permitted the Delta Devils to convert 17 of 59 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 28.8% for this contest. They finished 33.3% from beyond the arc by connecting on 13 of 39 and finished the contest at 2 of 6 from the free throw line (33.3%). In regard to how they rebounded, Grand Canyon permitted MVSU to snag 24 in total (5 offensive).
Jovan Blacksher was important for the Antelopes in this matchup. He converted 6 of 12 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which had him finishing with 13 points. Blacksher snagged 6 boards in his 29 mins and had 6 dimes in the matchup. Another guy who saw a lot of court time for Grand Canyon was Alessandro Lever. He was able to score 20 points in his 26 minutes on the hardwood by way of 9 of 15 from the floor for the game. Lever walked away from this one going 60.0% from the floor while also contributing 2 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Grand Canyon (+8)
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