Drexel Dragons vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 11/28/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Drexel Dragons vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020
Location: Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: ACC Network
Odds/Point Spread: Drexel (+10)
The Pittsburgh Panthers (16-17 last year) host the Drexel Dragons (14-19 last season) at Petersen Events Center on Saturday. Drexel opens this contest as 10-point underdogs. The total is set at 141.
Drexel will enter this matchup after finishing with a record of 14-19 last season. The Dragons hit on 34.9% on shots from 3-point land (241 of 690) and 70.0% from the charity stripe. They had an average of 68.3 points per contest (265th in the nation) while going 44.1% from the field. They gave up possession 14.6 times per game and as a team committed 16.3 personal fouls per game. As a basketball team, Drexel grabbed 35.2 boards per game and racked up 475 dimes last season, which had them ranked 37th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end of the court, the Dragons forced 11.2 turnovers per game and they drew 17.2 personal fouls. The Dragons defensively allowed and opponent field goal percentage of 45.0% (860 of 1,911) and they conceded 32.8 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They were 165th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 388 surrendered over the course of last year. They surrendered 31.3% on shots from distance and they were ranked 206th in Division 1 in points per game allowed (70.4).
The Drexel Dragons stepped onto the hardwood against the Hofstra Pride and took a loss by a final of 61-43 in their last contest. Drexel wrapped up the contest with a 32.1% field goal percentage (18 out of 56) and buried 2 out of their 22 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Dragons buried 5 of their 7 attempts for a rate of 71.4%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they earned 32 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 6 assists for this contest as well as having 5 steals and 3 blocks. In terms of defense, Drexel let their opponent shoot 32.1% from the floor on 18 out of 56. Hofstra earned 12 dimes and 6 steals in this game. In addition, the Pride totaled 35 rebounds (8 offensive, 27 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Hofstra shot 66.7% at the free throw line by making 2 of their 3 shots. They also made 5 of their 16 tries from three-point range.
Mate Okros is a guy who saw a lot of action in this contest. He left the arena with 8 points on 4 out of 6 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28 mins and collected 4 rebounds. Okros went 66.7% from the field and earned 2 assists. One more player that saw a lot of court time in this matchup for the Dragons was James Butler. He grabbed 14 rebounds and had 2 dimes. He went 60.0% from the field for the game by hitting 6-of-10 (14 points). When all was said and done, Butler was on the hardwood for 34 minutes.
Pittsburgh had a win-loss mark of 16-17 last year. Pittsburgh totaled 2,152 pts over the course of last year (65.2 per game) and they collected 34.2 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Panthers shot 40.4% from the field, which was ranked 329th in college basketball. The Panthers were responsible for committing 15.5 fouls per contest while shooting 71.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates was at 12.2 times per game (248th in D-1) and they turned it over 12.2 times per game. The Panthers on the defensive side of the court were 72nd in Division 1 in points given up per game with 65.7. They relinquished 14.2 dimes and 36.3 rebounds per game, which had them ranked 284th and 262nd in those defensive categories. The Pittsburgh defense allowed 33.9% on 3-pointers (247 of 728) and their opponents connected on 71.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They forced their opponents into 15.5 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 43.0% from the field (190th in Division 1).
The last time they took the court, the Pittsburgh Panthers took a loss by a final score of 80-70 when they played the Saint Francis Red Flash. The Panthers were able to collect 24 defensive rebounds and 19 offensive rebounds totaling 43 for this contest. They also turned away 7 tries while recording 4 steals in the matchup. The Red Flash earned 16 personal fouls for this game which got the Panthers to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They were able to make 10 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 62.5%. Pertaining to shots from 3-point land, Pittsburgh buried 6 out of 24 tries (25.0%). When all was said and done, the Panthers finished 27 out of 68 from the field which gave them a percentage of 39.7%. The Panthers allowed the Red Flash to make 27 out of their 63 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.9% in this contest. They finished 36.0% from distance by connecting on 9 of 25 and finished the contest at 17 out of 24 from the charity stripe (70.8%). When discussing cleaning the glass, Pittsburgh permitted Saint Francis to get 34 in total (13 on the offensive glass).
Au'Diese Toney ended up being a major contributor for the Panthers for this game. He knocked down 8 out of 11 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 72.7%, which gave him 20 points. Toney pulled down 7 rebounds in his 37 minutes played and had 3 dimes for this contest. An additional guy who came through for Pittsburgh was Xavier Johnson. He notched 9 points in his 32 minutes played by going 2 out of 9 shooting in this matchup. Johnson ended the game having shot 22.2% from the floor as well as contributing 10 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Drexel (+10)
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