Cal State Northridge Matadors vs Air Force Falcons Prediction, 11/28/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cal State Northridge Matadors vs Air Force Falcons
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
TV: No TV
Odds/Point Spread: Cal State Northridge (+5)
T-Mobile Arena is the site where and the Air Force Falcons (12-20 last year) will play the Cal State Northridge Matadors (15-17 last season) on Saturday. Air Force opens this contest as 5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 151.
Cal State Northridge enters this one after finishing with a mark of 15-17 last year. They averaged 76.1 pts per contest (49th in Division 1) while hitting 45.6% from the floor. The Matadors hit on 37.3% on shots from distance (243 of 652) and 72.6% from the free throw line. As a basketball team, Cal State Northridge pulled in 33.4 rebounds per game and totaled 449 assists over the course of last season, which had them ranked 84th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They lost possession via turnover 11.3 times per game and as a group committed 17.3 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end of the court, the Matadors were able to force 12.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.2 fouls. The Matadors allowed an opponent shooting percentage of 46.3% (908 of 1,960) and they conceded 37.2 rebounds per contest as a team. They were ranked 332nd in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 491 relinquished last season. They relinquished 38.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they ranked 337th in college basketball in PPG allowed (79.0).
The Cal State Northridge Matadors stepped onto the hardwood against the Westmont College Warriors and walked away with a win by a score of 97-79 in their last game. Cal State Northridge finished the game having earned a 46.8% FG percentage (37 of 79) and made 13 of their 34 shots from downtown. When shot from the charity stripe, the Matadors knocked down 10 of 13 shots for a rate of 76.9%. In terms of pulling down boards, they collected 47 with 17 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 26 assists for the contest while getting 5 steals and 6 blocks. Pertaining to defending, Cal State Northridge allowed the other team to shoot 46.8% from the field on 37 of 79. Westmont College dished out 14 dimes and 6 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Warriors pulled down 32 boards (10 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 6 blocked shots. Westmont College finished the contest at 63.3% from the charity stripe by converting 19 of 30 attempts. They also converted 8 of their 30 tries from long range.
Alex Merkviladze is one player who saw a lot of minutes for this contest. He had 20 points on 8 out of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 29 mins and collected 12 rebounds. Merkviladze walked away from this one shooting 61.5% from the floor and distributed 2 assists. An additional guy that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in the game for the Matadors was Darius Brown II. He snagged 5 rebounds and totaled 8 dimes. He finished shooting 40.0% from the field for this game by hitting 2-of-5 (6 points). At the conclusion of this game, II played 29 minutes.
Air Force had a win-loss record of 12-20 last season. Air Force scored 2,338 pts over the course of last year (73.1 per contest) and they grabbed 32.5 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Falcons hit 45.6% from the floor, which was ranked 81st in college basketball. The Falcons committed 16.7 fouls every game and they shot 73.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists was at 14.7 times per game (52nd in the nation) and they turned it over 12.3 times per game. The Falcons on the defensive end were ranked 298th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 74.6. They forced 11.4 TO's every game and allowed teams to shoot 46.4% from the floor (330th in D-1). The Air Force defense surrendered 37.5% on 3-point shots (331 of 883) and their opponents made 71.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrendered 14.4 assists and 32.5 rebounds per game, which was ranked 300th and 62nd in those categories.
In their last game, the Air Force Falcons went home defeated by a final of 73-60 when they played the San Diego State Aztecs. The Falcons were able to snag 21 defensive rebounds and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 24 for this game. They also turned away 2 shots while getting 7 steals in the matchup. The Aztecs earned 16 personal fouls for the contest which took the Falcons to the free throw line for a total of 10 attempts. They were able to make 8 of them for a rate of 80.0%. In the matter of shots from 3-point land, Air Force made 10 of their 24 tries (41.7%). In all, the Falcons finished shooting 21 for 47 from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.7%. The Falcons allowed the Aztecs to bury 26 of their 52 tries from the floor which had them at 50.0% in the matchup. They finished shooting 42.3% from three-point range by connecting on 11 of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 10 of 12 at the charity stripe (83.3%). Concerning rebounding, Air Force permitted San Diego State to grab 27 overall (6 offensive).
A.J. Walker pitched in for the Falcons for this game. He made 7 out of 14 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which gave him 18 points. Walker snagged 3 boards in his 38 minutes played and had 3 dimes in this game. One more player that ended up coming through for Air Force was Lavelle Scottie. He ended up finishing with 6 points in 34 minutes on the court by going 2 out of 11 shooting for this contest. Scottie wrapped this one up going 18.2% from the floor in addition to earning 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Air Force (-5)
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