Buffalo Bulls vs Syracuse Orange Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Buffalo Bulls vs Syracuse Orange
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Buffalo (+13)
Carrier Dome is the site where and the Syracuse Orange (5-1) will take on the Buffalo Bulls (3-2) on Saturday. Buffalo opens this contest as 13-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 150.
Buffalo heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 3-2 for the year. They lose possession via turnover 13.6 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 20.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Buffalo is pulling in 43.4 boards per game and has earned 72 dimes for the year, which ranks 165th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Bulls are shooting 31.3% from downtown (31 of 99) and 64.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 79.4 points per contest (82nd in college hoops) while connecting on 47.2% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Bulls are able to force 12.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.8 personal fouls. They are 110th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 55 conceded so far this season. The Bulls defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 39.4% (121 of 307) and they concede 34.4 boards per contest as a team. They give up 25.9% on shots from downtown while they are 194th in D-1 in PPG allowed (71.0).
The Buffalo Bulls faced off with the Miami RedHawks and walked away with a win by a score of 90-62 in their last contest. Buffalo wrapped up the game having earned a 50.8% FG percentage (31 of 61) and knocked down 11 of their 26 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Bulls made 17 of 25 attempts for a percentage of 68.0%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 43 with 10 of them being offensive. They also distributed 17 dimes in this contest while earning 6 steals and 7 rejections. Regarding the defense, Buffalo let their opponent shoot 50.8% from the field on 31 out of 61. Miami distributed 12 dimes and 5 steals for this contest. On top of that, the RedHawks collected 29 rebounds (7 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 7 rejections. Miami finished the game at 75.0% from the charity stripe by converting 12 of 16 shots. They knocked down 6 of their 25 tries from beyond the arc.
Jeenathan Williams is a player who came through for this game. He totaled 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 27 minutes and collected 6 rebounds. Williams finished the game shooting 60.0% from the field and also totaled 4 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Bulls was Jayvon Graves. He collected 7 rebounds and earned 2 assists. He ended up shooting 40.0% from the field in this matchup by going 4-of-10 (13 points). When the game finished, Graves played 26 minutes.
Syracuse has a record of 5-1 this season. Syracuse has tallied 479 points on the campaign (79.8 per contest) and they grab 40.3 rebounds per game. The Orange are committing 14.0 personal fouls per game and they go 78.0% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offense, the Orange are hitting on 44.8% from the field, which ranks them 185th in the nation. They are getting an assist 18.2 times per game (31st in D-1) and they cough up possession 14.3 times per game. The Orange on defense are ranked 65th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 63.2. They allow 15.5 dimes and 35.5 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 276th and 174th in the nation. The Syracuse defense concedes 28.7% on 3-pointers (52 of 181) and opponents are making 72.2% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 18.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 37.1% from the field (38th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Syracuse Orange took home the win by a final score of 62-56 when they played the Northeastern Huskies. The Orange were able to snag 24 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 33 for the contest. They blocked 2 attempts while getting 10 steals in this game. The Huskies earned 22 fouls in the matchup which got the Orange to the free throw line for a total of 26 shots. They were able to bury 22 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 84.6%. When it comes to shooting from 3-point land, Syracuse made 2 of their 18 tries (11.1%). When the final whistle was blown, the Orange finished 19 for 60 from the floor which gave them a rate of 31.7%. The Orange allowed the Huskies to convert 18 of 47 attempts from the floor which had them at 38.3% for the matchup. They finished 32.1% from three-point range via 9 of 28 and ended up shooting 11 out of 14 at the charity stripe (78.6%). In reference to team rebounding, Syracuse permitted Northeastern to collect 30 in total (4 offensive).
Marek Dolezaj saw the court a lot for the Orange for the contest. He knocked down 7 out of 13 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 53.8%, which gave him 14 points. Dolezaj collected 4 boards in his 40 mins and accumulated 2 assists for this contest. One more player that was important for Syracuse was Joseph Girard. He notched 21 points in 39 minutes on the hardwood by going 5 of 16 from the floor for the game. Girard ended the game having shot 31.3% from the floor while also contributing 3 dimes and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Buffalo (+13)
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