Drexel Dragons vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Drexel Dragons vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Drexel (+15)
The Drexel Dragons (14-19 last season) go to Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Penn State Nittany Lions (21-10 last year). Penn State opens this game as 15-point favorites. The O/U opens at 150.5.
The Drexel Dragons stepped onto the hardwood against the Hofstra Pride and took a loss by a final of 61-43 in their last game of the season. Drexel ended having earned a 32.1% field goal percentage (18 out of 56) and converted 2 out of their 22 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Dragons knocked down 5 of 7 attempts for a rate of 71.4%. When discussing pulling down boards, they collected 32 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 6 assists for the matchup while having 5 steals and 2 blocked shots. In regard to defending, Drexel allowed their opponent to shoot 32.1% from the field by shooting 18 of 56. Hofstra recorded 12 assists and 6 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Pride grabbed 35 rebounds (8 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Hofstra went 66.7% at the charity stripe by burying 2 of their 3 shots. They knocked down 5 of 16 tries from long range. Camren Wynter is a player who was a major factor in this contest. He recorded 2 points on 0 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39 minutes and grabbed 2 boards. Wynter recorded 2 dimes. One more player that saw the court a lot in this matchup for the Dragons was James Butler. He totaled 14 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He finished 60.0% from the field in this matchup via 6-of-10 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Butler saw the court for 34 minutes.
Drexel will play this contest after finishing with a win-loss mark of 14-19 last season. They had an average of 68.3 pts per game (265th in the country) while hitting 44.1% from the field. The Dragons connected on 34.9% from downtown (241 of 690) and 70.0% from the charity stripe. As a basketball team Drexel collected 35.2 boards per game and racked up 475 assists last season, which had them ranked 37th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They turned it over 14.6 times per contest and as a basketball team committed 16.3 fouls per game. When they were on defense the Dragons were able to force 11.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.2 personal fouls. They relinquished 31.3% on shots from downtown and they were ranked 206th in college basketball in opponents PPG (70.4). The Dragons defensively allowed a FG percentage of 45.0% (860 of 1,911) and they conceded 32.8 rebounds per game as a team. They were ranked 165th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 388 surrendered throughout last season.
In their last game, the Penn State Nittany Lions took a loss by a score of 80-69 against the Northwestern Wildcats. The Nittany Lions collected 27 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 for this game. They also blocked 2 shots while recording 4 steals for the contest. The Wildcats were called for 17 personal fouls for the contest which took the Nittany Lions to the charity stripe for 17 shots. They were able to bury 13 of them for a percentage of 76.5%. Pertaining to shots from beyond the perimeter, Penn State made 10 of their 36 attempts (27.8%). Overall, the Nittany Lions went 23 for 70 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 32.9%. The Nittany Lions allowed the Wildcats to make 26 out of 56 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.4% for the game. They shot 50.0% from 3-point land by shooting 11 of 22 and ended up shooting 17 out of 23 at the free throw line (73.9%). In reference to attacking the glass, Penn State allowed Northwestern to pull down 37 in total (6 offensive). Lamar Stevens saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Nittany Lions for the matchup. He knocked down 5 of 20 for the matchup giving him a rate of 25.0%, which had him finishing with 18 . Stevens grabbed 8 rebounds in his 38 mins and added 2 assists for this game. An additional guy who saw a lot of minutes for Penn State was Jamari Wheeler. He left the arena with 4 points in his 35 minutes played via 2 of 4 shooting for this contest. Wheeler ended the game having shot 50.0% from the field in addition to contributing 4 assists and 6 boards.
Penn State had a mark of 21-10 last year. The Nittany Lions committed 17.5 personal fouls every game and they went 69.2% from the charity stripe. They got an assist 14.3 times per game (82nd in college hoops) and they coughed up possession 11.2 times per game. Penn State had 2,327 points over the course of last season (75.1 per game) and they grabbed 38.7 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court the Nittany Lions hit 43.1% from the floor, which ranked them 212th in Division 1. The Nittany Lions defensively were ranked 145th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 68.2. They were able to force 13.3 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 41.1% from the floor (70th in the country). The Penn State defense from outside the perimeter allowed 32.6% on shots from distance (197 of 604) and their opponents connected on 68.3% of their free throw shots. They gave up 12.1 dimes and 37.5 total boards per game, which ranked them 137th and 300th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Drexel (+15)
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