Central Connecticut Blue Devils vs Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Prediction, 12/8/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Central Connecticut Blue Devils vs Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Location: Stratis Arena in Teaneck, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Central Connecticut (+9.5)
Stratis Arena is the site where and the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (0-4) will play the Central Connecticut Blue Devils (0-3) on Tuesday. Central Connecticut opens this game as 9.5-point dogs. The O/U opens at 152.
Central Connecticut will take the court with a win-loss mark of 0-3 for the season. The Blue Devils are connecting on 26.6% on shots from distance (17 of 64) and 72.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 65.7 points per contest (236th in Division 1) while going 42.4% from the field. They cough up possession 15.3 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 17.0 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Central Connecticut is pulling in 27.7 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 27 dimes so far this year, which is 246th in the country in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Blue Devils have forced 13.3 turnovers per game and they draw 14.7 fouls. They are ranked 247th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 58 conceded on the campaign. The Blue Devils defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 51.3% (97 of 189) and they surrender 40.0 rebounds per game as a squad. They are giving up 43.0% on shots from downtown and they rank 284th in D-1 in PPG allowed (87.0).
The Central Connecticut Blue Devils took the court against the Hartford Hawks and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 80-65 in their last game. Central Connecticut ended the contest with a 43.9% field goal percentage (25 of 57) and converted 6 out of their 23 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Blue Devils knocked down 9 of their 11 attempts for a rate of 81.8%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they collected a total of 28 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 11 assists in the game while earning 4 steals and 3 blocked shots. When discussing defending, Central Connecticut allowed the other team to shoot 43.9% from the field on 25 out of 57. Hartford dished out 13 assists and 11 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Hawks pulled down 34 rebounds (7 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Hartford finished the game shooting 66.7% at the free throw line by making 10 of 15 tries. They also made 12 out of their 29 attempts from beyond the arc.
Tre Mitchell is a player who was a contributor for this game. He was able to score 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 30 mins played and also snagged 2 boards. Mitchell finished the game at 63.6% from the field and also distributed 2 dimes. An additional guy that saw the court a lot in this matchup for the Blue Devils was Nigel Scantlebury. He snagged 3 boards and had 4 assists. He went 66.7% from the field in the matchup by shooting 4-of-6 (14 points). Overall, Scantlebury saw the court for 28 min.
Fairleigh Dickinson has a record of 0-4 on the campaign. When it comes to offensive execution, the Knights are connecting on 41.6% from the floor, which ranks 264th in college hoops. Fairleigh Dickinson has 266 pts this season (66.5 per game) and they grab 30.8 boards per game. They are earning an assist 10.0 times per contest (264th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 16.0 times per game. The Knights commit 18.3 fouls per game and they connect on 66.7% from the free throw line. The Knights on the defensive side of the court are 272nd in Division 1 in PPG surrendered with 83.0. They concede 15.8 dimes and 39.5 total boards per game, which ranks 242nd and 237th in the nation. The Fairleigh Dickinson defense allows 27.1% on 3-pointers (23 of 85) and their opposition makes 74.1% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 13.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 49.4% from the field (282nd in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights went home defeated by a final of 79-67 against the Providence Friars. The Knights were able to corral 18 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards for a total of 23 for the game. They also turned away 2 attempts while recording 10 steals for the contest. The Friars had 17 fouls for the game which got the Knights to the charity stripe for a total of 20 tries. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throws for a rate of 70.0%. With regard to shooting from distance, Fairleigh Dickinson made 5 of 19 tries (26.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Knights walked away from this one shooting 24 out of 57 from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.1%. The Knights permitted the Friars to knock down 27 out of 52 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.9% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 6.7% from downtown by shooting 1 of 15 and ended up shooting 24 of 29 at the charity stripe (82.8%). Regarding team rebounding, Fairleigh Dickinson allowed Providence to collect 34 in all (6 offensive).
Jahlil Jenkins played big minutes for the Knights for the matchup. He made 5 out of 16 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 31.3%, which gave him 13 points. Jenkins grabbed 4 rebounds in his 39 minutes played and totaled 4 assists for the contest. Another guy that was important for Fairleigh Dickinson was Pier-Olivier Racine. He was able to score 10 points in 36 minutes played via 4 out of 7 from the floor in the matchup. Racine walked away from this one going 57.1% from the floor as well as contributing 2 dimes and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Fairleigh Dickinson (-9.5)
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