Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Evansville Purple Aces Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Evansville Purple Aces
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Ford Center in Evansville, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Illinois (-4)
The Eastern Illinois Panthers (2-3) are headed to Ford Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Evansville Purple Aces (0-3). Evansville opens this contest as 4-point dogs. The total is set at 131.
Eastern Illinois heads into this one with a record of 2-3 for the season. They turn the ball over 12.2 times per contest and as a group are committing 17.4 fouls every game. As a team, Eastern Illinois is collecting 36.6 boards per contest and has tallied 54 dimes on the year, which ranks 111th in college hoops in terms of passing. The Panthers are shooting 31.5% on three-point shots (29 of 92) and 69.8% from the charity stripe. They average 70.2 points per outing (198th in Division 1) while hitting 40.6% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Panthers are forcing 13.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.8 fouls. They give up 41.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 186th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (73.0). The Panthers are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 45.5% (125 of 275) and they surrender 35.4 boards per contest as a group. They are ranked 285th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 76 conceded for the season.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers took the court against the Green Bay Phoenix and went home with a win by a final score of 93-91 in their last game. Eastern Illinois finished with a 49.3% FG percentage (35 of 71) and converted 5 of their 17 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Panthers made 18 of 28 attempts for a percentage of 64.3%. In terms of rebounding, they compiled 38 with 12 of them being offensive. They also recorded 12 assists in this game while having 9 steals and 3 blocked shots. When it comes to defense, Eastern Illinois allowed the other team to go 49.3% from the floor on 35 of 71. Green Bay recorded 17 dimes and 6 steals for the game. Moreover, the Phoenix pulled down 28 rebounds (4 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 3 blocked shots. Green Bay finished the game shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by burying 9 of their 12 shots. They also converted 12 out of their 25 shots from distance.
Marvin Johnson is one player who was a contributor for this contest. He accumulated 11 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 39 minutes and also grabbed 5 rebounds. Johnson finished 45.5% from the floor and dished out 4 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in the game for the Panthers was Mack Smith. He totaled 2 rebounds and tallied 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 37.5% from the floor in the game by going 3-of-8 (9 points). At the conclusion of this game, Smith played for 38 min.
Evansville has a record of 0-3 for the year. As an offensive unit, the Purple Aces are connecting on 36.6% from the floor, which has them ranked 331st in the nation. Evansville has totaled 192 pts this season (64.0 per contest) and they grab 33.0 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 11.7 times per contest (229th in D-1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.7 times per contest. The Purple Aces are committing 20.7 fouls per game and they go 61.1% from the charity stripe. The Purple Aces on the defensive end are ranked 251st in D-1 in PPG given up with 78.7. They are forcing 14.0 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 48.3% from the field (269th in the nation). The Evansville defense surrenders 39.6% on three-point shots (21 of 53) and their opposition knocks down 68.2% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 14.0 assists and 42.0 total boards per game, which is 194th and 271st in college hoops.
In their last game, the Evansville Purple Aces took a loss by a score of 93-87 when they faced the UT Martin Skyhawks. The Purple Aces snagged 29 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 37 for this game. They also rejected 5 shots while earning 4 steals for this contest. The Skyhawks committed 23 fouls for this game which got the Purple Aces to the free throw line for 29 attempts. They were able to bury 20 of the free throw tries for a clip of 69.0%. With respect to 3-point attempts, Evansville buried 15 out of their 34 tries (44.1%). In all, the Purple Aces walked away from this one shooting 26 out of 61 from the floor which had them at 42.6%. The Purple Aces permitted the Skyhawks to bury 31 out of their 66 attempts from the field which left them shooting 47.0% in this contest. They finished 47.6% from three-point range by going 10 out of 21 and ended up shooting 21 out of 28 at the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to rebounding, Evansville allowed UT Martin to collect 35 overall (7 offensive).
Noah Frederking ended up playing a lot for the Purple Aces in the matchup. He converted 8 of 13 for this game for a field goal rate of 61.5%, which gave him 22 points. Frederking grabbed 5 boards in his 47 minutes and accounted for 2 assists for the matchup. One more player that ended up coming through for Evansville was Shamar Givance. He racked up 17 points in his 46 minutes on the hardwood by way of 2 of 9 shooting for this contest. Givance ended the game having shot 22.2% from the field while totaling 5 assists and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Eastern Illinois (-4)
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