East Carolina Pirates vs SMU Mustangs Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: East Carolina Pirates vs SMU Mustangs
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX
Odds/Point Spread: East Carolina (+12.5)
The SMU Mustangs (4-0) play the East Carolina Pirates (5-0) at Moody Coliseum on Wednesday. The line on this contest has SMU as 12.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 142.
East Carolina will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 5-0 for the campaign. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 15.4 fouls per game. As a unit, East Carolina is pulling down 36.4 boards per game and has accounted for 94 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 57th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Pirates are shooting 38.0% on shots from beyond the arc (35 of 92) and 76.2% from the free throw line. They average 76.2 pts per game (133rd in Division 1) while connecting on 45.8% from the floor. On defense, the Pirates are able to force 15.6 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.8 fouls. They are relinquishing 27.1% on shots from distance and they are ranked 59th in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (62.8). The Pirates defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 40.4% (108 of 267) and they concede 33.0 rebounds per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 133rd in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 54 relinquished for the campaign.
The East Carolina Pirates faced the North Florida Ospreys and went home with a win by a final score of 73-67 in their last contest. East Carolina ended the contest having earned a 40.3% field goal percentage (25 out of 62) and knocked down 5 of 12 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Pirates buried 18 of their 24 shots for a percentage of 75.0%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 39 with 12 of them being offensive. They also doled out 21 dimes for the contest as well as getting 5 steals and 5 rejections. When it comes to the defense, East Carolina allowed the other team to go 40.3% from the field on 25 out of 62. North Florida doled out 14 dimes and 5 steals for this contest. In addition, the Ospreys collected 34 rebounds (9 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 5 rejections. North Florida finished 85.0% from the free throw line by converting 17 of 20 tries. They also buried 8 of their 31 shots from 3-point range.
Jayden Gardner is a guy who had an impact for this game. He had 20 points on 7 of 19 shooting. He saw the court for 26 mins and also grabbed 12 boards. Gardner finished 36.8% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. One more player that saw a lot of action in the game for the Pirates was Brandon Suggs. He grabbed 5 rebounds and accounted for 5 dimes. He finished 44.4% from the field in this game by connecting on 4-of-9 (10 points). When the game finished, Suggs played for 29 minutes.
SMU has a record of 4-0 for the campaign. The Mustangs are committing 16.0 fouls every game and they hit 81.9% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 19.3 times per game (20th in Division 1) and they lose possession via turnover 15.3 times per game. SMU has earned 356 points for the year (89.0 per game) and they pull in 42.0 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Mustangs are connecting on 48.0% from the field, which ranks 95th in D-1. The Mustangs defensively are ranked 95th in the country in PPG allowed with 65.0. They concede 13.8 assists and 30.8 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 213th and 45th in those defensive categories. The SMU defense allows 30.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (31 of 102) and opponents are connecting on 70.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 18.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 38.4% from the field (57th in D-1).
In their last game, the SMU Mustangs got the victory with a final of 66-64 when they faced the Dayton Flyers. The Mustangs pulled down 18 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 27 for the game. They also rejected 3 shots while recording 5 steals in this contest. The Flyers were called for 18 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Mustangs to the charity stripe for 20 tries. They were able to make 16 of the free throw tries for a rate of 80.0%. When it comes to shots from 3-point land, SMU converted 6 of 20 attempts (30.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Mustangs went 22 out of 58 from the floor which gave them a rate of 37.9%. The Mustangs permitted the Flyers to convert 22 out of their 46 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 47.8% for this contest. They finished shooting 31.3% from three-point range by connecting on 5 out of 16 and finished the game at 15 out of 19 from the free throw line (78.9%). In the matter of how they rebounded, SMU allowed Dayton to collect 32 in all (8 on the offensive side).
Emmanuel Bandoumel played a lot for the Mustangs in the matchup. He converted 6 of 12 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which earned him 19 points. Bandoumel totaled 3 boards in his 37 minutes and earned 2 dimes for this contest. Another guy who was a determining factor for SMU was Kendric Davis. He walked away with 21 points in his 35 minutes played by going 7 of 17 from the floor for the game. Davis wrapped this one up going 41.2% from the floor in addition to collecting 3 assists and 6 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take SMU (-12.5) and under 142 points
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