Central Arkansas Bears vs Baylor Bears Prediction, 12/29/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Central Arkansas Bears vs Baylor Bears
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Location: Ferrell Center in Waco, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Central Arkansas (+33)
The Central Arkansas Bears (1-6) head to Ferrell Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the Baylor Bears (6-0). Central Arkansas opens this matchup as 33-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 156.
Central Arkansas enters this contest with a mark of 1-6 this season. They average 71.7 pts per game (203rd in college hoops) while hitting 43.2% from the field. The Bears are hitting 37.1% on shots from distance (49 of 132) and 75.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Central Arkansas is pulling down 38.7 rebounds per game and has tallied 95 dimes this season, which has them ranked 163rd in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 19.3 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.6 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Bears are forcing 14.1 turnovers per game and they draw 17.4 personal fouls. They currently rank 265th in the nation in allowing assists with 112 relinquished so far this year. The Bears defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 41.6% (188 of 452) and they surrender 36.1 boards per contest as a basketball team. They surrender 31.9% from beyond the arc and they rank 274th in college hoops in PPG allowed (76.6).
The Central Arkansas Bears stepped onto the hardwood against the Champion Christian College Tigers and walked away with a win by a score of 92-28 in their last contest. Central Arkansas walked away from the game having earned a 53.8% field goal percentage (35 out of 65) and converted 8 out of their 18 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Bears knocked down 14 of 17 tries for a percentage of 82.4%. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they collected 48 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 17 assists in this contest while earning 8 steals and 3 blocks. Regarding the defense, Central Arkansas allowed the other team to go 53.8% from the floor on 35 out of 65 shooting. Champion Christian doled out 3 assists and had 9 steals for the game. Furthurmore, the Tigers pulled down 21 boards (2 offensive, 19 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Champion Christian walked away from this one shooting 66.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of 21 attempts. They also made 2 of their 22 shots from beyond the arc.
Rylan Bergersen is a player who was a factor in the game. He scored 13 points on 6 out of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 26 minutes and also collected 4 rebounds. Bergersen went 60.0% from the field and also dished out 5 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this game for the Bears was Khaleem Bennett. He totaled 2 rebounds and earned 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 71.4% from the floor for the matchup by hitting 5-of-7 (12 points). Overall, Bennett was on the court for 17 min.
Baylor has a record of 6-0 so far this year. As an offensive team, the Bears are connecting on 52.1% from the floor, which is 32nd in college basketball. Baylor has earned 562 points on the campaign (93.7 per contest) and they collect 40.0 rebounds per contest. They are assisting teammates 21.5 times per contest (6th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 11.7 times per game. The Bears are committing 15.8 fouls per contest and they shoot 69.1% from the free throw line. The Bears on the defensive side of the court are 32nd in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 61.0. They allow 11.7 assists and 29.3 total boards per game, which is ranked 106th and 26th in the nation. The Baylor defense concedes 27.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (28 of 102) and their opponents are knocking down 62.6% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 19.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.1% from the floor (172nd in the country).
For their last game, the Baylor Bears took home the win by a final score of 99-42 against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions. The Bears corralled 28 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 in this game. They blocked 4 shots while earning 9 steals for this game. The Golden Lions had 17 personal fouls for the contest which got the Bears to the free throw line for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to make 14 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 82.4%. In relation to shots from beyond the perimeter, Baylor made 11 out of their 23 attempts (47.8%). In all, the Bears walked away from this one shooting 37 out of 71 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 52.1%. The Bears permitted the Golden Lions to knock down 15 of 53 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 28.3% for the game. They finished 27.3% from three-point range by shooting 3 of 11 and ended up going 9 out of 13 at the free throw line (69.2%). In regard to how they rebounded, Baylor allowed Arkansas-Pine Bluff to get 32 in all (11 on the offensive side).
MaCio Teague was important for the Bears for the game. He buried 3 of 6 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which gave him 13 points. Teague pulled down 4 boards in his 28 minutes played and totaled 2 dimes in this matchup. One more player that ended being a contributor for Baylor was Jared Butler. He totaled 14 points in 23 minutes on the court via 6 of 14 from the floor in the game. Butler walked away from this one going 42.9% from the field in addition to collecting 7 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Central Arkansas (+33)
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