Eastern Washington Eagles vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Washington Eagles vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: McKale Center in Tucson, AZ
TV: Pac 12 Network
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Washington (+13)
McKale Center is the site where and the Arizona Wildcats (1-0) will play the Eastern Washington Eagles (0-1) on Saturday. The line on this contest has Arizona as 13-point favorites. The total is set at 146.5.
Eastern Washington comes into this game with a record of 0-1 for the season. They are turning it over 14 times per contest and as a unit they commit 15 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Eastern Washington is collecting 34 boards per game and has racked up 14 dimes this season, which is 261st in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Eagles are hitting 31.0% on shots from downtown (9 of 29) and 68.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 68 points per outing (202nd in D-1) while hitting 41.4% from the field. When they are on defense, the Eagles are able to force 12 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 20 fouls. They rank 40th in the country in giving up assists to the opposition with 15 surrendered for the campaign. The Eagles are giving up a field goal percentage of 39.7% (27 of 68) and they surrender 40 boards per game as a basketball team. They give up 33.3% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 163rd in college hoops in PPG allowed (71).
The Eastern Washington Eagles took the court against the Washington State Cougars and went home with a loss by a final score of 71-68 in their last contest. Eastern Washington wrapped up the game with a 41.4% field goal percentage (24 out of 58) and knocked down 9 out of their 29 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Eagles buried 11 of 16 shots for a rate of 68.8%. With regard to getting rebounds, they collected a total of 34 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 14 dimes for the contest as well as getting 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. Regarding defense, Eastern Washington let their opponent shoot 41.4% from the field on 24 out of 58. Washington State earned 15 assists and 7 steals in the game. Moreover, the Cougars snagged 40 boards (10 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Washington State finished the game shooting 70.0% from the charity stripe by converting 7 of 10 shots. They converted 10 out of their 30 attempts from downtown.
Kim Aiken is one player who was a major factor for this contest. He walked away with 14 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 mins and also snagged 8 boards. Aiken finished the game at 50.0% from the field and totaled 2 assists. One more player that saw a lot of court time in the game for the Eagles was Jacob Groves. He had 8 rebounds and earned 2 dimes. He went 37.5% from the floor in this matchup by going 6-of-16 (16 points). When this game wrapped up, Groves played for 38 min.
Arizona has a win-loss mark of 1-0 so far this season. The Wildcats are responsible for committing 21 fouls every game and they shoot 72.4% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 17 times per contest (63rd in college basketball) and they turn it over 15 times per game. Arizona has earned 74 points for the season and they grab 46.0 boards per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wildcats are shooting 38.3% from the field, which is 310th in D-1. The Wildcats are ranked 19th in college hoops in PPG given up with 55. They are able to force 17 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 32.8% from the floor (16th in the country). The Arizona defense allows 13.6% on shots from beyond the arc (3 of 22) and opponents are making 73.7% of their free throw attempts. They allow 11 dimes and 37 total rebounds per game, which ranks 101st and 175th in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Arizona Wildcats got the victory with a final of 74-55 against the Grambling Tigers. The Wildcats were able to corral 30 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 41 in the game. They also rejected 3 attempts while recording 7 steals in this game. The Tigers had 24 fouls in this matchup which got the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 29 shots. They were able to make 21 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 72.4%. When it comes to shooting from 3-point land, Arizona buried 7 of their 25 attempts (28.0%). Overall, the Wildcats went 23 for 60 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 38.3%. The Wildcats permitted the Tigers to make 19 of 58 tries from the field which had them sitting at 32.8% for the game. They finished 13.6% from 3-point land by shooting 3 of 22 and finished the game at 14 out of 19 at the charity stripe (73.7%). When discussing rebounding, Arizona allowed Grambling to snag 32 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
James Akinjo ended up being a factor for the Wildcats for this contest. He made 6 out of 14 for the game for a field goal rate of 42.9%, which gave him 19 points. Akinjo collected 2 rebounds in his 38 mins and accounted for 3 dimes for the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for Arizona was Jordan Brown. He totaled 19 points in his 33 minutes played via 8 of 10 shooting in the matchup. Brown wrapped this one up going 80.0% from the floor in addition to totaling 2 assists and 15 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Eastern Washington (+13)
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