Drake Bulldogs vs South Dakota Coyotes Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Drake Bulldogs vs South Dakota Coyotes
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion, SD
Odds/Point Spread: Drake (-6)
The Drake Bulldogs (6-0) are headed to Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the South Dakota Coyotes (1-5). Drake opens this game as 6-point favorites. The over/under is set at 145.
Drake heads into this game with a record of 6-0 on the season. The Bulldogs are connecting on 40.7% on shots from 3-point land (50 of 123) and 71.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 84.0 points per contest (46th in the country) while going 52.8% from the field. They cough up possession 12.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 16.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Drake is snagging 39.7 boards per game and has earned 108 dimes this season, which ranks 22nd in Division 1 in terms of passing. Defensively, the Bulldogs are able to force 14.7 turnovers per game and they draw 13.7 fouls. They are currently ranked 130th in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 53 surrendered this season. The Bulldogs defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 36.4% (124 of 341) and they concede 31.7 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 32.8% on three-point shots and they are 37th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (60.2).
The Drake Bulldogs faced the Air Force Falcons and earned the victory with a final of 81-53 in their last contest. Drake finished with a 56.4% FG percentage (31 of 55) and knocked down 10 out of their 24 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Bulldogs buried 9 of their 14 tries for a percentage of 64.3%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they earned 37 with 10 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 16 dimes for the game as well as having 7 steals and 2 rejections. When talking about defending, Drake let their opponent shoot 56.4% from the floor on 31 of 55. Air Force doled out 5 assists and 10 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Falcons grabbed 18 rebounds (3 offensive, 15 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Air Force went 75.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 15 of their 20 attempts. They converted 4 out of their 18 attempts from three-point range.
D.J. Wilkins is one player who played a role in the matchup. He accumulated 23 points on 7 out of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 mins and totaled 3 rebounds. Wilkins shot 63.6% from the floor and also recorded 2 dimes. Someone else that came through in this contest for the Bulldogs was Roman Penn. He totaled 3 rebounds and had 8 dimes. He went 55.6% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 5-of-9 (11 points). At the conclusion of this game, Penn played 23 minutes.
South Dakota has a record of 1-5 for the campaign. South Dakota has totaled 412 points for the season (68.7 per contest) and they pull in 33.5 boards per contest. The Coyotes are responsible for committing 18.3 fouls every game while shooting 72.7% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Coyotes are connecting on 40.9% from the floor, which ranks them 292nd in college hoops. They are earning an assist 13.3 times per game (186th in college basketball) and they turn it over 10.2 times per game. The Coyotes on defense are ranked 250th in college hoops in PPG given up with 76.0. The South Dakota defense concedes 31.7% on shots from distance (44 of 139) and opponents are converting on 79.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 11.5 assists and 38.8 boards every game, which is 110th and 266th in those categories. They are able to force 10.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.0% from the floor (207th in college hoops).
The last time they took the hardwood, the South Dakota Coyotes went home victorious with a score of 91-78 when they played the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The Coyotes were able to collect 27 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 31 in this game. They turned away 2 tries while getting 4 steals in this matchup. The Jackrabbits were called for 18 personal fouls in the game which got the Coyotes to the charity stripe for 19 attempts. They were able to bury 15 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 78.9%. In relation to shooting from distance, South Dakota made 12 out of 24 tries (50.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Coyotes ended up going 32 out of 66 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 48.5%. The Coyotes permitted the Jackrabbits to make 21 out of 49 tries from the field which had them shooting 42.9% for this game. They finished the game shooting 33.3% from distance by shooting 10 out of 30 and finished the contest at 26 out of 29 from the free throw line (89.7%). In regard to attacking the glass, South Dakota allowed South Dakota State to grab 32 in total (2 offensive).
Stanley Umude pitched in for the Coyotes in this game. He knocked down 17 out of 26 for this game for a rate of 65.4%, which earned him 41 points. Umude collected 11 boards in his 38 minutes played and had 2 dimes for the matchup. One more player that ended up coming through for South Dakota was A.J. Plitzuweit. He ended up walking away with 17 points in 36 minutes on the court by way of 5 of 11 shooting for the matchup. Plitzuweit finished going 45.5% from the floor while also totaling 6 dimes and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take South Dakota (+6)
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