Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions vs Saint Louis Billikens Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions vs Saint Louis Billikens
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Arkansas-Pine Bluff (+33.5)
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (0-4) are headed to Chaifetz Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Saint Louis Billikens (2-0). Saint Louis opens this contest as 33.5-point favorites. The total is set at 135.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff enters this matchup with a record of 0-4 for the season. They are averaging 56.8 points per game (275th in D-1) while hitting 32.9% from the field. The Golden Lions are hitting 21.9% on shots from beyond the arc (14 of 64) and 69.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Arkansas-Pine Bluff is collecting 34.0 boards per contest and has 30 assists this year, which is 181st in college basketball in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 14.5 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 17.5 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Golden Lions have forced 10.5 turnovers per game while drawing 19.0 fouls. They concede 43.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 282nd in the nation in PPG allowed (90.8). The Golden Lions defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 51.0% (124 of 243) and they surrender 41.3 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 286th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 83 surrendered on the campaign.
The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions faced off with the Northwestern Wildcats and went home with a loss by a final score of 92-49 in their last contest. Arkansas-Pine Bluff finished the game with a 26.8% field goal percentage (15 of 56) and made 2 of their 16 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Golden Lions converted 17 of 26 attempts for a rate of 65.4%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 24 with 3 of them being offensive. They also doled out 7 assists for this game in addition to earning 4 steals and 2 blocks. In reference to defending, Arkansas-Pine Bluff let their opponent shoot 26.8% from the floor on 15 out of 56. Northwestern recorded 25 assists and 3 steals for the contest. In addition, the Wildcats had 46 rebounds (6 offensive, 40 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Northwestern finished the game shooting 60.9% when shooting free throws by making 14 of their 23 tries. They converted 14 of 29 tries from beyond the arc.
Shaun Doss is a guy who was important in this contest. He ended up scoring 10 points on 3 out of 14 shooting. He played 38 minutes and also collected 2 rebounds. Doss finished the contest at 21.4% from the floor and also earned 2 assists. An additional guy that saw a lot of court time in this matchup for the Golden Lions was Markedric Bell. He snagged 10 rebounds and earned 2 dimes. He ended up going 18.8% from the floor in this contest by going 3-of-16 (11 points). When the final whistle blew, Bell was on the hardwood for 37 min.
Saint Louis has a record of 2-0 for the campaign. When it comes to offensive execution, the Billikens are shooting 50.4% from the field, which has them ranked 110th in college basketball. Saint Louis has accumulated 174 pts on the year (87.0 per game) and they grab 35.0 boards per game. They are earning an assist 19.0 times per contest (34th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 12.0 times per game. The Billikens are committing 16.0 personal fouls every game and they shoot 81.8% from the free throw line. The Billikens on the defensive end are ranked 109th in D-1 in points allowed per game with 66.5. They are forcing their opponents into 17.0 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.5% from the field (245th in the country). The Saint Louis defense allows 31.4% on shots from beyond the arc (11 of 35) and their opponents are making 72.2% of their foul shots. They give up 10.0 dimes and 25.0 total boards per game, which ranks 61st and 8th in college basketball.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Saint Louis Billikens got the victory with a final of 85-81 against the LSU Tigers. The Billikens were able to collect 23 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 30 for the contest. They stuffed 3 shots while earning 3 steals in this matchup. The Tigers committed 18 fouls for this game which got the Billikens to the free throw line for a total of 14 tries. They were able to bury 13 of those for a percentage of 92.9%. In terms of shooting from 3-point land, Saint Louis converted 10 of their 24 attempts (41.7%). Overall, the Billikens walked away from this one shooting 31 out of 56 from the floor which had them shooting 55.4%. The Billikens permitted the Tigers to knock down 28 of 52 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 53.8% for this contest. They wrapped up this game 37.5% from 3-point land by shooting 9 of 24 and finished the game at 16 out of 21 from the free throw line (76.2%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Saint Louis permitted LSU to grab 20 in total (4 offensive).
Javonte Perkins ended up playing a lot for the Billikens for the matchup. He converted 10 of 18 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 55.6%, which had him sitting at 32 points. Perkins grabbed 3 boards in his 37 mins and tallied 5 assists in the game. One more player who saw a lot of action for Saint Louis was Gibson Jimerson. He ended up with 16 points in 35 minutes on the hardwood by going 6 out of 11 shooting for this game. Jimerson finished going 54.5% from the floor in addition to totaling 2 assists and 3 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Saint Louis (-33.5)
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