East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs Abilene Christian Wildcats Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs Abilene Christian Wildcats
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Hertz Arena in Estero, FL
Odds/Point Spread: East Tennessee State (-3.5)
The Abilene Christian Wildcats (20-11 last year) play the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (30-4 last season) at Hertz Arena on Wednesday. Abilene Christian opens this game as 3.5-point underdogs. The total opens at 136.5.
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers faced the Wofford Terriers and earned the victory with a final of 72-58 in their last game last season. East Tennessee State finished the contest having earned a 48.9% field goal percentage (23 of 47) and made 9 of 21 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Buccaneers made 17 of 19 shots for a percentage of 89.5%. Concerning hauling in rebounds, they collected 27 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 12 assists for this contest while earning 4 steals and 2 blocks. When it comes to the defense, East Tennessee State allowed the other team to go 48.9% from the field by shooting 23 out of 47. Wofford dished out 7 dimes and 6 steals in the game. Additionally, the Terriers grabbed 24 rebounds (7 offensive, 17 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Wofford finished the contest at 54.5% from the free throw line by knocking down 6 of their 11 attempts. They converted 6 of 25 attempts from beyond the perimeter. Isaiah Tisdale is a guy who was pivotal for the game. He left the arena with 24 points on 5 out of 8 shooting. He played for 38 minutes and collected 2 rebounds. Tisdale finished the game shooting 62.5% from the floor and earned 2 assists. Someone else that saw the court a lot in the matchup for the Buccaneers was Tray Boyd. He grabbed 2 rebounds and also accumulated 3 assists. He ended up shooting 40.0% from the field in this game by connecting on 4-of-10 (11 points). When the game finished, Boyd was on the court for 34 min.
East Tennessee State enters this matchup after finishing with a win-loss mark of 30-4 last year. They averaged 76.3 points per contest (47th in the nation) while connecting on 47.5% from the floor. The Buccaneers hit on 34.6% on shots from distance (260 of 752) and 69.4% from the charity stripe. As a basketball team East Tennessee State collected 35.5 rebounds per game and sat with 471 assists last season, which had them ranked 45th in college hoops in terms of passing. They turned it over 12.1 times per contest and as a team committed 17.6 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end the Buccaneers forced their opponents into 15.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they drew 19.4 personal fouls. They were ranked 76th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 352 conceded throughout last year. The Buccaneers defense allowed a field goal percentage of 42.5% (765 of 1,801) and they relinquished 31.0 boards per contest as a team. They surrendered 30.1% on three-point shots and they were 26th in college basketball in PPG allowed (63.1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Abilene Christian Wildcats walked away with a victory by a final of 71-68 when the played the Incarnate Word Cardinals. The Wildcats recorded 21 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 26 in the matchup. They blocked 2 tries while earning 7 steals for this contest. The Cardinals were called for 19 personal fouls for the game which got the Wildcats to the free throw line for a total of 19 attempts. They were able to knock down 12 of them for a percentage of 63.2%. With respect to three-point attempts, Abilene Christian knocked down 7 out of 24 attempts (29.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats shot 26 out of 58 from the floor which had them sitting at 44.8%. The Wildcats permitted the Cardinals to knock down 25 of their 56 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 44.6% in this game. They finished shooting 33.3% from distance via 7 out of 21 and finished the game at 11 out of 13 at the free throw line (84.6%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Abilene Christian permitted Incarnate Word to snag 31 in total (5 on the offensive glass). Payten Ricks pitched in for the Wildcats in this game. He knocked down 1 out of 6 in this matchup for a rate of 16.7%, which got him 7 points. Ricks pulled down 6 rebounds in his 43 mins and added 3 dimes in this game. Someone else that played a role for Abilene Christian was Clay Gayman. He ended up walking away with 16 points in his 31 minutes played by going 5 of 8 shooting in the game. Gayman walked away from this one going 62.5% from the field while also collecting 2 assists and 7 boards.
Abilene Christian had a record of 20-11 last season. The Wildcats committed 21.3 fouls per contest and they hit 74.1% from the charity stripe. They assisted teammates 14.9 times per game (41st in the nation) and they turned the ball over 14.1 times per contest. Abilene Christian earned 2,352 points last season (75.9 per game) and they collected 33.6 boards per game. As an offensive unit the Wildcats connected on 44.9% from the field, which ranked them 115th in the nation. The Wildcats defensively were ranked 65th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 65.3. They were able to force 19.9 TO's every game and allowed teams to shoot 43.2% from the field (202nd in the nation). The Abilene Christian defense from outside the perimeter gave up 29.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (154 of 517) and their opponents knocked down 73.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They allowed 9.6 assists and 33.4 rebounds on a nightly basis, which was ranked 8th and 105th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take East Tennessee State (-3.5)
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