Delaware Blue Hens vs UMBC Retrievers Prediction, 12/8/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Delaware Blue Hens vs UMBC Retrievers
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Location: UMBC Event Center in Catonsville, MD
Odds/Point Spread: Delaware (+3.5)
UMBC Event Center is the site where and the UMBC Retrievers (1-1) will take on the Delaware Blue Hens (1-0) on Tuesday. Delaware opens this contest as 3.5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 143.
Delaware will take the court with a win-loss record of 1-0 this season. They currently have an average of 79 pts per contest (96th in the nation) while shooting 50.0% from the field. The Blue Hens are shooting 51.6% from downtown (16 of 31) and 63.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Delaware is collecting 39 boards per game and has 23 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 269th in the country in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 17 times per game and as a unit are committing 9 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Blue Hens have forced 10 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 11 personal fouls. The Blue Hens are giving up a shooting percentage of 37.5% (27 of 72) and they concede 37 rebounds per contest as a squad. They currently rank 20th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 15 surrendered so far this year. They concede 36.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 227th in college basketball in points per game allowed (76).
The Delaware Blue Hens played the Salem Tigers and took home the win by a score of 79-76 in their last contest. Delaware wrapped up the contest having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (28 of 56) and made 16 out of their 31 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Blue Hens buried 7 of their 11 attempts for a percentage of 63.6%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 35 with 4 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 23 dimes for the contest while earning 4 steals and 5 blocked shots. In terms of defense, Delaware allowed their opponent to shoot 50.0% from the floor on 28 out of 56. Salem totaled 15 assists and 13 steals for this game. On top of that, the Tigers pulled down 33 rebounds (10 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Salem finished the game shooting 77.8% from the charity stripe by knocking down 7 of 9 shots. They buried 15 out of their 41 attempts from beyond the arc.
Kevin Anderson is a player who was a factor for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 21 points on 7 out of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 37 minutes and totaled 10 rebounds. Anderson finished 63.6% from the floor and distributed 2 dimes. One more player that saw a lot of court time in the game for the Blue Hens was Ryan Allen. He pulled down 2 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 30.0% from the field for this game by connecting on 3-of-10 (12 points). At the conclusion of this game, Allen was on the hardwood for 36 min.
UMBC has a win-loss mark of 1-1 so far this year. UMBC has accumulated 142 pts this year (71.0 per game) and they pull down 36.0 boards per game. The Retrievers are responsible for committing 18.5 personal fouls every game and they go 75.6% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Retrievers are shooting 42.0% from the field, which is 259th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 14.0 times per contest (141st in Division 1) and they are turning it over 14.0 times per contest. The Retrievers on the defensive side of the court are 125th in Division 1 in PPG surrendered with 67.5. They are forcing 18.5 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 42.2% from the field (153rd in college basketball). The UMBC defense allows 30.0% on shots from 3-point land (12 of 40) and their opposition knocks down 50.0% of their foul shots. They concede 13.5 dimes and 43.5 boards on a nightly basis, which is 180th and 280th in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the court, the UMBC Retrievers got the victory with a final of 80-65 against the Saint Francis Red Flash. The Retrievers recorded 25 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards totaling 32 in this game. They also blocked 2 shots while getting 6 steals in this matchup. The Red Flash committed 23 personal fouls for this contest which got the Retrievers to the charity stripe for 27 attempts. They were able to knock down 21 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 77.8%. In the matter of shooting from 3-point land, UMBC converted 5 of their 22 tries (22.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Retrievers shot 27 for 54 from the field which had them shooting 50.0%. The Retrievers allowed the Red Flash to make 26 of their 53 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 49.1% in the game. They finished the game shooting 38.5% from three-point range by connecting on 5 of 13 and walked away from this one shooting 8 out of 16 at the free throw line (50.0%). When it comes to attacking the glass, UMBC permitted Saint Francis to grab 28 in total (6 offensive).
Brandon Horvath pitched in for the Retrievers in this matchup. He converted 7 of 11 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 63.6%, which earned him 18 points. Horvath collected 12 rebounds in his 30 minutes played and had 2 assists for this contest. An additional guy that was important for UMBC was Darnell Rogers. He left the arena with 15 points in his 26 minutes played by way of 5 out of 9 from the floor for this contest. Rogers finished going 55.6% from the field in addition to collecting 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UMBC (-3.5)
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