Evansville Purple Aces vs Louisville Cardinals Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Evansville Purple Aces vs Louisville Cardinals
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Evansville (+22)
KFC Yum! Center is the venue where and the Louisville Cardinals (24-7 last year) will take on the Evansville Purple Aces (9-23 last season) on Wednesday. Louisville opens this matchup as 22-point favorites. The total opens at 135.5.
The Evansville Purple Aces faced off with the Valparaiso Crusaders and took a loss by a final of 58-55 in their last game of the season. Evansville walked away from the contest with a 38.5% field goal percentage (20 out of 52) and converted 5 out of their 20 shots from downtown. When they shot from the free throw line, the Purple Aces made 10 of 15 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 29 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 10 assists in the matchup as well as having 7 steals and 3 blocks. Regarding defense, Evansville allowed their opponent to shoot 38.5% from the field by going 20 out of 52. Valparaiso recorded 10 dimes and 9 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Crusaders pulled down 33 rebounds (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Valparaiso shot 80.0% from the charity stripe by knocking down 8 of 10 attempts. They made 0 of their 10 tries from beyond the perimeter. K.J. Riley is one player who saw a lot of action in the game. He notched 17 points on 6 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes played and snagged 4 boards. Riley finished 42.9% from the floor and also distributed 2 assists. An additional guy that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in this contest for the Purple Aces was Evan Kuhlman. He totaled 3 rebounds and tallied 3 dimes. He finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field for this game by going 3-of-6 (8 points). When the final whistle blew, Kuhlman was on the court for 35 minutes.
Evansville heads into this matchup after finishing with a mark of 9-23 last year. The Purple Aces connected on 32.1% on 3-point shots (241 of 750) and 73.0% from the charity stripe. They averaged 67.2 pts per contest (287th in Division 1) while going 42.2% from the floor. They turned it over 12.7 times per contest and as a basketball team committed 16.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team Evansville grabbed 31.4 boards per contest and totaled 392 assists throughout last year, which was 229th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. When they were on defense the Purple Aces forced their opponents into 11.8 turnovers per contest and they drew 18.5 personal fouls. They gave up 35.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they were 291st in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (74.0). The Purple Aces defense allowed an opponent shooting percentage of 47.2% (865 of 1,834) and they relinquished 36.0 boards per contest as a group. They were 90th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 358 conceded throughout last year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Louisville Cardinals took a loss by a final score of 57-54 against the Virginia Cavaliers. The Cardinals were able to corral 25 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 31 in the matchup. They also stuffed 3 attempts while earning 3 steals for this game. The Cavaliers committed 7 personal fouls in this contest which took the Cardinals to the free throw line for 9 shots. They were able to knock down 7 of the free throws for a rate of 77.8%. Pertaining to 3-point shots, Louisville made 9 out of 25 attempts (36.0%). When the game finished, the Cardinals ended up shooting 19 for 51 from the floor which had them sitting at 37.3%. The Cardinals allowed the Cavaliers to make 19 of 46 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.3% in the game. They wrapped up this game 28.6% from 3-point land via 4 out of 14 and ended up going 15 out of 20 from the charity stripe (75.0%). In the matter of how they rebounded, Louisville allowed Virginia to pull down 27 in all (2 on the offensive glass). Jordan Nwora was pivotal for the Cardinals for the matchup. He converted 6 of 17 for this contest giving him a rate of 35.3%, which earned him 18 points. Nwora collected 11 rebounds in his 40 mins and had 2 dimes in this contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Louisville was Lamarr Kimble. He ended up walking away with 3 points in 27 minutes on the court by going 1 out of 8 shooting for this contest. Kimble walked away from this one going 12.5% from the field as well as earning 6 dimes and 3 total rebounds.
Louisville had a win-loss mark of 24-7 last year. Louisville had 2,296 pts last season (74.1 per game) and they averaged 38.6 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution the Cardinals hit 45.3% from the field, which ranked them 91st in college basketball. The Cardinals were responsible for committing 16.9 personal fouls every game and they went 73.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists was at 14.0 times per game (100th in the country) and they turned it over 12.1 times per game. The Cardinals on the defensive side of the court were 33rd in college hoops in points given up per game with 63.7. They surrendered 10.5 assists and 32.3 total rebounds per game, which was ranked 35th and 56th in D-1. The Louisville defense from outside the perimeter gave up 30.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (219 of 727) and their opponents converted on 73.0% of their free throw attempts. They were able to force 11.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and let teams shoot 38.9% from the floor (13th in college basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Louisville (-22) and over 135.5 points
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