Evansville Purple Aces vs Saint Louis Billikens Prediction, 12/12/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Evansville Purple Aces vs Saint Louis Billikens
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Location: Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Evansville (+22)
The Evansville Purple Aces (1-3) travel to Chaifetz Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Saint Louis Billikens (4-0). Evansville opens this game as 22-point dogs. The over/under is set at 133.
Evansville steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 1-3 so far this season. They lose possession via turnover 13.0 times per game and as a group are committing 18.5 fouls every game. As a unit, Evansville is collecting 31.8 boards per game and has totaled 48 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 199th in the country in terms of passing. The Purple Aces are shooting 34.6% on three-point shots (37 of 107) and 64.0% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 65.0 pts per game (257th in the nation) while hitting 39.3% from the field. On the defensive end, the Purple Aces are forcing 13.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 21.3 personal fouls. The Purple Aces are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 47.8% (109 of 228) and they surrender 37.5 rebounds per contest as a team. They currently rank 174th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 54 conceded so far this season. They give up 45.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 226th in college basketball in points per game allowed (75.3).
The Evansville Purple Aces played the Eastern Illinois Panthers and went home with a win by a final score of 68-65 in their last contest. Evansville wrapped up the game with a 48.9% field goal percentage (23 of 47) and buried 9 of their 20 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Purple Aces buried 13 of their 17 tries for a percentage of 76.5%. When discussing rebounding, they compiled 26 with 2 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 13 assists in this contest as well as having 3 steals and 2 blocks. In regard to defense, Evansville allowed their opponent to shoot 48.9% from the floor on 23 out of 47. Eastern Illinois doled out 12 dimes and 5 steals for the game. Moreover, the Panthers snagged 24 rebounds (3 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Eastern Illinois walked away from this one shooting 54.5% from the free throw line by making 6 of 11 tries. They converted 11 of 18 shots from beyond the arc.
Noah Frederking is one player who was a major factor in the matchup. He ended up finishing with 11 points on 4 out of 9 shooting. He was on the court for 37 mins and totaled 2 rebounds. Frederking finished shooting 44.4% from the floor and recorded 2 assists. Another guy that saw a lot of court time in this matchup for the Purple Aces was Jawaun Newton. He grabbed 6 rebounds and also accumulated 3 assists. He ended up shooting 36.4% from the field for the matchup by shooting 4-of-11 (19 points). Overall, Newton played 36 min.
Saint Louis has a win-loss mark of 4-0 this year. Saint Louis has tallied 369 points for the season (92.3 per contest) and they grab 35.8 rebounds per game. The Billikens are committing 17.5 personal fouls every game while shooting 77.5% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Billikens are shooting 53.6% from the floor, which is ranked 55th in college basketball. They are getting an assist 21.3 times per game (8th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.3 times per contest. The Billikens on defense are ranked 70th in D-1 in PPG given up with 63.0. They are forcing their opponents into 20.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 42.3% from the floor (156th in college hoops). The Saint Louis defense gives up 35.6% on 3-pointers (26 of 73) and their opponents are knocking down 67.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 10.0 dimes and 27.5 boards per game, which ranks them 50th and 10th in the nation.
When they last stepped on the court, the Saint Louis Billikens walked away with a victory by a final of 88-65 when they faced the Central Arkansas Bears. The Billikens earned 21 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 35 for the matchup. They rejected 5 tries while earning 16 steals in the game. The Bears had 15 fouls in the game which got the Billikens to the free throw line for 12 attempts. They were able to knock down 10 of those for a percentage of 83.3%. In the matter of shots from downtown, Saint Louis converted 8 out of 21 tries (38.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Billikens went 35 out of 72 from the field which had them at 48.6%. The Billikens permitted the Bears to knock down 23 of their 52 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.2% for the game. They shot 43.8% from distance by going 7 out of 16 and walked away from this one shooting 12 out of 19 from the free throw line (63.2%). In reference to attacking the glass, Saint Louis allowed Central Arkansas to pull down 31 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Gibson Jimerson was important for the Billikens for the game. He buried 8 of 16 for the matchup for a rate of 50.0%, which got him 21 points. Jimerson snagged 2 rebounds in his 27 mins played and accounted for 2 dimes for the game. An additional guy that ended up coming through for Saint Louis was Jordan Goodwin. He scored 15 points in 30 minutes played via 7 of 17 from the floor in this contest. Goodwin ended the game having shot 41.2% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 11 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Evansville (+22)
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