DePaul Blue Demons vs Iowa State Cyclones Prediction, 12/6/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: DePaul Blue Demons vs Iowa State Cyclones
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Location: James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA
Odds/Point Spread: DePaul (+3.5)
The Iowa State Cyclones (1-1) host the DePaul Blue Demons (0-0) at James H. Hilton Coliseum on Sunday. DePaul opens this game as 3.5-point dogs. The total has been set at 148.5.
DePaul heads into this matchup after finishing with a win-loss mark of 16-16 last season. They averaged 70.7 points per contest (184th in the nation) while connecting on 43.7% from the field. The Blue Demons hit on 31.3% on 3-point shots (181 of 579) and 65.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, DePaul grabbed 37.2 rebounds per contest and had 434 dimes throughout last year, which was 1st in the country in terms of passing the ball. They lost possession by turning the ball over 14.7 times per game and as a group committed 19.1 fouls per contest.
The DePaul Blue Demons played the Xavier Musketeers and went home with a win by a final score of 71-67 in their last contest. DePaul walked away from the contest with a 45.5% field goal percentage (25 of 55) and knocked down 6 out of their 18 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Blue Demons made 15 of their 18 tries for a percentage of 83.3%. In terms of hauling in boards, they compiled 35 with 9 of them being offensive. They also dished out 16 assists in the matchup in addition to earning 6 steals and 4 blocks. With respect to the defense, DePaul let their opponent shoot 45.5% from the field on 25 of 55. Xavier earned 14 assists and 10 steals in the game. On top of that, the Musketeers pulled down 26 boards (5 offensive, 21 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Xavier finished the contest at 71.4% from the free throw line by making 10 of their 14 attempts. They made 3 of their 17 tries from three-point range.
Charlie Moore is a player who was a factor for the game. He totaled 18 points on 6 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 37 mins and also snagged 2 rebounds. Moore finished 46.2% from the field and recorded 9 dimes. Someone else that was a determining factor in this game for the Blue Demons was Paul Reed. He pulled down 12 boards and had 2 assists. He finished 56.3% from the floor in the matchup by going 9-of-16 (23 points). At the conclusion of this game, Reed was on the court for 29 minutes.
Iowa State has a mark of 1-1 on the year. As an offensive team, the Cyclones are hitting on 48.4% from the floor, which has them ranked 129th in the country. Iowa State has scored 148 pts on the year (74.0 per game) and they collect 30.0 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 17.5 times per contest (47th in college basketball) and they turn it over 12.0 times per game. The Cyclones commit 14.5 fouls per contest while shooting 71.4% from the free throw line. The Cyclones on the defensive end are ranked 111th in college hoops in PPG given up with 67.0. The Iowa State defense allows 30.8% on shots from beyond the arc (12 of 39) and their opponents are connecting on 68.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 11.5 dimes and 35.0 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 106th and 135th in those categories on the defensive end. They have forced 17.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.2% from the floor (193rd in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the Iowa State Cyclones walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 71-68 against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The Cyclones were able to pull down 22 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 27 for this contest. They also turned away 4 shots while getting 10 steals for this contest. The Jackrabbits were called for 14 fouls for this contest which got the Cyclones to the charity stripe for 7 attempts. They were able to make 6 of the free throw tries for a rate of 85.7%. Regarding 3-point shots, Iowa State made 4 out of their 23 tries (17.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Cyclones finished 29 for 60 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.3%. The Cyclones allowed the Jackrabbits to convert 25 of 57 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 43.9% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 36.0% from three-point range by connecting on 9 of 25 and finished the contest at 12 of 17 at the free throw line (70.6%). Regarding rebounding, Iowa State allowed South Dakota State to collect 31 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Rasir Bolton ended up playing a lot for the Cyclones for the game. He buried 5 out of 10 for the game for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 10 points. Bolton totaled 7 boards in his 39 mins and had 5 dimes for this game. An additional guy who saw a lot of minutes for Iowa State was Jalen Coleman-Lands. He totaled 12 points in his 35 minutes played via 5 of 12 from the floor in the game. Coleman-Lands ended up shooting 41.7% from the field while also contributing 2 assists and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Iowa State (-3.5)
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