Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions vs North Texas Mean Green Prediction, 12/15/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions vs North Texas Mean Green
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Location: UNT Coliseum in Denton, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Arkansas-Pine Bluff (+21.5)
UNT Coliseum is the site where and the North Texas Mean Green (1-3) will play the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (1-6) on Tuesday. North Texas opens this matchup as 21.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 131.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 1-6 for the season. They are averaging 58.9 points per contest (305th in D-1) while going 34.4% from the field. The Golden Lions are connecting on 30.4% on 3-point shots (38 of 125) and 71.1% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Arkansas-Pine Bluff is grabbing 31.7 boards per contest and has racked up 56 dimes this season, which has them ranked 197th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 15.7 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.0 fouls per contest. Defensively, the Golden Lions are able to force 11.1 turnovers per game while drawing 18.9 fouls. The Golden Lions defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 50.5% (213 of 422) and they surrender 40.7 boards per contest as a team. They are ranked 317th in D-1 in giving up assists with 134 conceded so far this season. They give up 42.3% on 3-point attempts while they are 312th in D-1 in points per game allowed (87.3).
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions faced off with the Tulane Green Wave and ended up losing by a score of 67-56 in their last contest. Arkansas-Pine Bluff finished the contest with a 36.7% FG percentage (18 of 49) and converted 6 of their 19 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Golden Lions made 14 of their 19 tries for a rate of 73.7%. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they collected 29 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 9 assists for this contest as well as getting 7 steals and 4 blocks. In regard to defense, Arkansas-Pine Bluff allowed the other team to go 36.7% from the field on 18 out of 49. Tulane totaled 13 assists and 10 steals for this contest. Moreover, the Green Wave had 28 boards (6 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Tulane walked away from this one shooting 73.9% at the free throw line by knocking down 17 of their 23 shots. They also knocked down 4 of their 21 shots from distance.
Joshuwan Johnson is one guy who saw a lot of court time in the game. He totaled 12 points on 3 out of 6 shooting. He was on the court for 28 minutes and grabbed 2 boards. Johnson ended up going 50.0% from the floor and distributed 3 assists. Someone else that was a contributor in the matchup for the Golden Lions was Markedric Bell. He snagged 9 boards and totaled 2 dimes. He finished the game at 40.0% from the field in the matchup by going 4-of-10 (12 points). When all was said and done, Bell played 34 minutes.
North Texas has a mark of 1-3 on the season. North Texas has earned 283 points this season (70.8 per game) and they collect 36.3 boards per contest. The Mean Green are committing 18.5 personal fouls every game and they go 77.0% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Mean Green are shooting 43.5% from the field, which is ranked 224th in the country. They are dishing out assists 14.0 times per contest (146th in the country) and they turn it over 14.3 times per contest. The Mean Green on the defensive end are ranked 97th in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 65.5. The North Texas defense surrenders 27.3% on 3-pointers (21 of 77) and opponents are knocking down 68.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 9.0 assists and 37.5 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 25th and 231st in those categories. They are forcing 15.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.8% from the floor (121st in college hoops).
In their last game, the North Texas Mean Green went home defeated by a final of 62-50 when they faced the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Mean Green earned 20 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 30 in the matchup. They blocked 2 attempts while earning 9 steals for the matchup. The Mountaineers were called for 12 fouls for this contest which took the Mean Green to the charity stripe for a total of 13 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of those for a rate of 61.5%. In terms of shooting from downtown, North Texas buried 4 out of 19 tries (21.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Mean Green finished the game shooting 19 out of 55 from the field which had them at 34.5%. The Mean Green permitted the Mountaineers to bury 23 of their 61 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 37.7% in this game. They finished 25.0% from downtown by going 3 out of 12 and walked away from this one shooting 13 out of 17 from the charity stripe (76.5%). When it comes to attacking the glass, North Texas allowed West Virginia to get 47 overall (20 on the offensive glass).
Javion Hamlet played a lot for the Mean Green in this contest. He knocked down 6 of 16 for the contest for a rate of 37.5%, which had him sitting at 15 points. Hamlet grabbed 3 rebounds in his 37 minutes played and had 3 dimes for this contest. Another guy that ended up being a major factor for North Texas was Thomas Bell. He notched 12 points in his 32 minutes on the court by going 4 of 9 from the floor in the matchup. Bell finished going 44.4% from the floor in addition to earning 2 dimes and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Arkansas-Pine Bluff (+21.5)
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