Chattanooga Mocs vs MTSU Blue Raiders Prediction, 12/7/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Chattanooga Mocs vs MTSU Blue Raiders
Date: Monday, December 7, 2020
Location: Murphy Athletic Center in Murfreesboro, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Chattanooga (+1.5)
The Chattanooga Mocs (2-0) are headed to Murphy Athletic Center on Monday where they'll meet the MTSU Blue Raiders (1-2). MTSU opens this game as 1.5-point favorites. The total is set at 139.
Chattanooga comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 2-0 so far this season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 10.5 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 13.5 personal fouls per game. As a team, Chattanooga is pulling in 46.0 boards per contest and has accounted for 19 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 250th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Mocs are hitting 33.3% on shots from distance (16 of 48) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 80.5 points per outing (80th in college hoops) while going 40.1% from the field. On defense, the Mocs have forced 18.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.0 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 53rd in college hoops in giving up assists with 21 relinquished for the season. The Mocs are giving up a shooting percentage of 41.1% (46 of 112) and they surrender 34.5 rebounds per contest as a group. They are surrendering 23.1% on three-point shots and they are 36th in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (58.5).
The Chattanooga Mocs faced the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and notched a win by a score of 62-54 in their last contest. Chattanooga finished the game having earned a 30.8% field goal percentage (20 of 65) and knocked down 3 of their 21 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Mocs knocked down 19 of 22 attempts for a percentage of 86.4%. Concerning pulling down boards, they compiled 37 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 4 assists for this contest while having 13 steals and 2 blocked shots. In reference to defending, Chattanooga allowed the other team to go 30.8% from the floor on 20 out of 65. Tennessee Tech dished out 11 assists and 3 steals in the matchup. Moreover, the Golden Eagles pulled down 39 rebounds (5 offensive, 34 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Tennessee Tech finished the contest at 46.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 7 of 15 shots. They also converted 3 of 15 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Malachi Smith is one player who was a major contributor for this contest. He was able to score 15 points on 4 of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 39 minutes played and totaled 14 rebounds. Smith finished shooting 36.4% from the field and totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Mocs was David Jean-Baptiste. He grabbed 5 boards and accumulated 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 26.3% from the floor for the contest by shooting 5-of-19 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Jean-Baptiste played for 37 minutes.
MTSU has a record of 1-2 on the campaign. The Blue Raiders commit 19.7 fouls every game and they connect on 69.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 9.3 times per contest (264th in college basketball) and they are giving up possession 18.7 times per game. MTSU has earned 180 points on the year (60.0 per contest) and they grab 34.0 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Blue Raiders are hitting on 36.4% from the floor, which ranks them 331st in the nation. The Blue Raiders defensively are ranked 39th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 59.3. They have allowed 10.0 dimes and 39.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 52nd and 220th in those categories on the defensive end. The MTSU defense surrenders 17.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (8 of 45) and opponents are making 72.7% of their foul shots. They are able to force 19.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 38.5% from the field (72nd in the nation).
The last time they took the hardwood, the MTSU Blue Raiders walked away with a victory by a final of 78-61 when they played the Murray State Racers. The Blue Raiders corralled 24 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 32 for this contest. They rejected 4 tries while earning 8 steals for this game. The Racers were called for 14 personal fouls for the contest which took the Blue Raiders to the free throw line for a total of 12 attempts. They were able to convert 9 of the free throws for a clip of 75.0%. Regarding shots from beyond the perimeter, MTSU buried 9 of 30 attempts (30.0%). Overall, the Blue Raiders ended up going 30 for 67 from the field which had them at 44.8%. The Blue Raiders permitted the Racers to bury 23 of 57 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 40.4% for this contest. They shot 18.8% from beyond the arc by going 3 of 16 and finished the contest at 12 of 16 at the charity stripe (75.0%). With respect to rebounds, MTSU allowed Murray State to get 31 overall (8 offensive).
Jordan Davis ended up being a factor for the Blue Raiders for the game. He buried 4 of 9 for the game for a field goal percentage of 44.4%, which earned him 10 points. Davis collected 3 rebounds in his 31 minutes played and tallied 2 assists in the matchup. Another guy that ended up playing a role for MTSU was Donovan Sims. He walked away with 13 points in 25 minutes played via 5 of 10 from the floor for the game. Sims wrapped this one up going 50.0% from the field while also contributing 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Chattanooga (+1.5)
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