Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 11/30/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Monday, November 30, 2020
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Kentucky (+15)
The Xavier Musketeers (3-0) play the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (2-0) at Cintas Center on Monday. The spread on this contest has Xavier as 15-point favorites. The total has been set at 144.
Eastern Kentucky comes into this game with a mark of 2-0 for the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.0 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 17.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Eastern Kentucky is snagging 43.0 rebounds per game and has tallied 25 assists for the season, which has them ranked 116th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Colonels are shooting 16.1% on shots beyond the perimeter (9 of 56) and 75.8% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 70.0 points per contest (154th in Division 1) while going 35.6% from the field. On the defensive end, the Colonels are able to force 23.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.5 fouls. They concede 29.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 146th in D-1 in points per game allowed (58.5). The Colonels defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 37.4% (40 of 107) and they relinquish 42.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 181st in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 16 surrendered for the year.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels faced the Charleston Southern Buccaneers and earned the victory with a final of 60-50 in their last game. Eastern Kentucky walked away from the contest with a 35.8% field goal percentage (24 of 67) and converted 4 of their 28 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Colonels made 8 of 12 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. When talking about hauling in rebounds, they compiled a total of 33 with 12 of them being offensive. They also dished out 10 assists for this contest in addition to earning 10 steals and 4 blocked shots. In relation to defense, Eastern Kentucky allowed their opponent to shoot 35.8% from the floor on 24 of 67. Charleston Southern earned 7 dimes and 6 steals for the contest. Moreover, the Buccaneers snagged 37 boards (7 offensive, 30 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Charleston Southern finished the game shooting 75.0% at the free throw line by burying 9 of their 12 attempts. They also converted 3 of 16 attempts from beyond the arc.
Tre King is someone who was pivotal for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 15 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He played 31 minutes and also grabbed 8 rebounds. King ended up shooting 53.8% from the floor and distributed 2 assists. One more player that saw the court a lot in this matchup for the Colonels was Michael Moreno. He totaled 5 boards and also accounted for 3 assists. He finished the game shooting 41.7% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 5-of-12 (10 points). When the final whistle was blown, Moreno was on the court for 29 min.
Xavier has a mark of 3-0 for the season. As an offense, the Musketeers are shooting 46.5% from the floor, which ranks 92nd in Division 1. Xavier has scored 228 points this season (76.0 per contest) and they average 43.7 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 20.7 times per game (22nd in college basketball) and they turn it over 9.7 times per contest. The Musketeers are responsible for committing 13.7 personal fouls every game and they connect on 64.5% from the free throw line. The Musketeers are ranked 140th in the nation in PPG allowed with 57.3. They have forced 13.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 31.2% from the floor (117th in D-1). The Xavier defense gives up 34.8% on 3-pointers (23 of 66) and their opponents are converting on 72.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 9.7 assists and 39.0 boards per contest, which is ranked 171st and 282nd in the nation.
When they last played, the Xavier Musketeers got the victory with a final of 76-73 against the Toledo Rockets. The Musketeers snagged 28 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 38 for the matchup. They blocked 6 shots while recording 11 steals in this matchup. The Rockets had 19 fouls in this contest which took the Musketeers to the charity stripe for a total of 19 tries. They were able to bury 14 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 73.7%. In regard to shooting from downtown, Xavier knocked down 6 of 22 tries (27.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Musketeers finished shooting 28 out of 65 from the floor which had them sitting at 43.1%. The Musketeers permitted the Rockets to convert 22 of their 57 tries from the field which had them shooting 38.6% for the game. They went 52.6% from downtown via 10 out of 19 and ended up going 19 out of 24 from the free throw line (79.2%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Xavier allowed Toledo to pull down 34 overall (5 on the offensive glass).
Paul Scruggs saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Musketeers for this game. He made 6 of 10 in this contest giving him a rate of 60.0%, which had him sitting at 15 points. Scruggs collected 6 boards in his 39 minutes played and added 7 dimes in this contest. Someone else that played a role for Xavier was Dwon Odom. He scored 8 points in his 33 minutes on the hardwood via 4 of 8 shooting in this contest. Odom ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor and also totaling 6 assists and 5 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Xavier (-15) and over 144 points
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