Drake Bulldogs vs Kansas State Wildcats Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Drake Bulldogs vs Kansas State Wildcats
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Drake (+8)
The Drake Bulldogs (20-14 last season) head to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday where they'll take on the Kansas State Wildcats (11-21 last year). Kansas State opens this matchup as 8-point favorites. The over/under opens at 135.5.
The Drake Bulldogs faced the Bradley Braves and took a loss by a final of 76-66 in their last game of the season. Drake ended the game with a 42.6% field goal percentage (23 out of 54) and converted 5 out of their 18 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Bulldogs buried 15 of their 22 attempts for a percentage of 68.2%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 30 with 7 of them being offensive. They also distributed 9 assists in this game as well as getting 2 steals and 4 blocked shots. In terms of the defense, Drake allowed the other team to shoot 42.6% from the floor by going 23 out of 54. Bradley doled out 10 dimes and 5 steals in this game. Additionally, the Braves collected 27 boards (4 offensive, 23 defensive) and added 4 rejections. Bradley went 66.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 16 of 24 shots. They also made 4 of their 11 attempts from distance. Anthony Murphy is a player who was important for this game. He left the arena with 9 points on 1 out of 5 shooting. He played for 37 minutes and totaled 9 rebounds. Murphy went 20.0% from the floor and also dished out 2 assists. Another guy that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in the matchup for the Bulldogs was Liam Robbins. He grabbed 12 boards and tallied 3 assists. He finished 50.0% from the field for the game by connecting on 9-of-18 (19 points). Overall, Robbins played 35 minutes.
Drake heads into this one after finishing with a mark of 20-14 last year. They lost possession by turning the ball over 12.9 times per contest and as a unit committed 16.6 fouls per game. As a unit Drake pulled down 33.8 boards per game and earned 507 assists over the course of last year, which was 18th in the country in terms of passing. The Bulldogs shot 34.5% on 3-point shots (245 of 711) and 71.4% from the free throw line. They averaged 69.4 points per game (231st in the country) while hitting 45.8% from the floor. When they were on defense the Bulldogs forced their opponents into 12.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.2 fouls. They relinquished 36.7% on shots from distance while they were 131st in college hoops in PPG allowed (67.7). The Bulldogs gave up a FG percentage of 42.2% (803 of 1,901) and they conceded 32.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They were ranked 167th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 389 surrendered last season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Kansas State Wildcats went home victorious with a score of 53-49 against the TCU Horned Frogs. The Wildcats were able to corral 24 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 31 for the contest. They also turned away 2 attempts while earning 9 steals for the contest. The Horned Frogs were called for 11 personal fouls in this contest which got the Wildcats to the free throw line for a total of 8 shots. They were able to make 7 of those for a rate of 87.5%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Kansas State converted 4 out of their 16 attempts (25.0%). Overall, the Wildcats went 21 out of 54 from the field which had them sitting at 38.9%. The Wildcats permitted the Horned Frogs to knock down 20 of 50 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 40.0% for the game. They finished shooting 31.6% from distance by connecting on 6 out of 19 and ended up shooting 3 out of 4 from the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Kansas State allowed TCU to snag 27 overall (4 on the offensive side). Cartier Diarra saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Wildcats in the matchup. He converted 5 of 14 for the contest giving him a rate of 35.7%, which had him finishing with 13 . Diarra totaled 3 rebounds in his 37 mins played and had 3 assists in the matchup. One more player who saw a lot of court time for Kansas State was Xavier Sneed. He racked up 8 points in 36 minutes played by going 2 out of 11 shooting for this game. Sneed wrapped this one up going 18.2% from the field as well as collecting 2 dimes and 6 boards.
Kansas State had a mark of 11-21 last year. The Wildcats were responsible for committing 19.1 personal fouls every game and they went 66.1% from the free throw line. They earned an assist 12.4 times per contest (235th in the country) and they lost possession via turnover 14.3 times per game. Kansas State totaled 2,054 points last year (64.2 per game) and they pulled in 32.8 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution the Wildcats hit 41.4% from the field, which was ranked 297th in the nation. The Wildcats were ranked 55th in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 65.0. They forced 16.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allowed teams to shoot 43.0% from the field (182nd in D-1). The Kansas State perimeter defense surrendered 33.0% on 3-point attempts (218 of 660) and their opponents converted on 70.1% of their foul shots. They allowed 11.7 dimes and 34.3 boards per contest, which ranked them 104th and 146th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas State (-8)
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