Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Green Bay Phoenix Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Green Bay Phoenix
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: Kress Events Center in Green Bay, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Illinois (-4.5)
Kress Events Center is the venue where and the Green Bay Phoenix (0-2) will take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers (1-3) on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have Eastern Illinois as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 149.
Eastern Illinois enters this game with a record of 1-3 this year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.3 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.0 personal fouls per game. As a team, Eastern Illinois is collecting 36.0 boards per game and has totaled 42 dimes this year, which has them ranked 111th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Panthers are shooting 32.0% on shots from beyond the arc (24 of 75) and 72.4% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 64.5 points per outing (228th in the nation) while shooting 38.1% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Panthers are able to force 13.8 turnovers per contest and they draw 15.5 fouls. They rank 269th in the country in allowing assists with 59 surrendered for the year. The Panthers are giving up a FG percentage of 43.7% (90 of 206) and they surrender 36.8 rebounds per game as a team. They are surrendering 39.7% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 125th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (68.5).
The Eastern Illinois Panthers took the court against the Chicago State Cougars and notched a win by a score of 78-56 in their last contest. Eastern Illinois wrapped up the contest with a 48.4% FG percentage (31 of 64) and knocked down 5 of their 19 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Panthers made 11 of 16 shots for a percentage of 68.8%. Concerning pulling down rebounds, they earned 36 with 11 of them being offensive. They also recorded 11 assists in the matchup as well as getting 12 steals and 3 blocked shots. In terms of the defense, Eastern Illinois allowed 48.4% from the field on 31 out of 64. Chicago State doled out 12 assists and 5 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Cougars pulled down 27 boards (6 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Chicago State went 61.5% from the free throw line by burying 8 of their 13 shots. They made 8 out of their 21 attempts from three-point range.
George Dixon is one player who saw a lot of action for this game. He recorded 8 points on 3 of 7 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 20 minutes and also pulled down 6 boards. Dixon finished the contest at 42.9% from the floor and also dished out 2 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in the matchup for the Panthers was Mack Smith. He grabbed 2 rebounds and earned 2 assists. He ended up going 83.3% from the floor for the matchup by connecting on 5-of-6 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Smith played 27 minutes.
Green Bay has a record of 0-2 this year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Phoenix are hitting on 32.5% from the floor, which ranks them 349th in the nation. Green Bay has totaled 111 pts so far this year (55.5 per contest) and they grab 33.0 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 8.0 times per game (281st in the nation) and they turn it over 16.5 times per game. The Phoenix are responsible for committing 17.5 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 73.5% from the charity stripe. The Phoenix are ranked 280th in D-1 in points allowed per game with 90.5. They are forcing 11.5 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 48.6% from the floor (260th in college basketball). The Green Bay defense allows 29.6% on shots from 3-point land (16 of 54) and their opponents are knocking down 80.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 17.5 assists and 47.0 boards on a nightly basis, which is 256th and 275th in college basketball.
For their last game, the Green Bay Phoenix went home defeated by a final of 82-42 when they faced the Wisconsin Badgers. The Phoenix collected 18 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 22 for this contest. They also blocked 2 tries while recording 3 steals for this contest. The Badgers were called for 15 fouls in this matchup which took the Phoenix to the charity stripe for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to make 7 of the free throws for a percentage of 53.8%. When discussing shots from 3-point land, Green Bay converted 3 of their 17 tries (17.6%). When the game finished, the Phoenix ended up going 16 out of 57 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 28.1%. The Phoenix allowed the Badgers to bury 34 out of their 61 attempts from the field which had them shooting 55.7% for this game. They finished shooting 45.0% from downtown via 9 of 20 and ended up going 5 of 6 from the free throw line (83.3%). When talking about attacking the glass, Green Bay allowed Wisconsin to pull down 45 overall (9 on the offensive glass).
Josh Jefferson pitched in for the Phoenix for the contest. He made 4 of 12 for the game giving him a rate of 33.3%, which had him finishing with 12 points. Jefferson totaled 3 rebounds in his 27 mins played and totaled 2 assists in this game. An additional guy who saw a lot of court time for Green Bay was Amari Davis. He ended up scoring 9 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood via 3 of 12 shooting in this matchup. Davis ended up shooting 25.0% from the field as well as collecting 2 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Eastern Illinois (-4.5)
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