Furman Paladins vs Alabama Crimson Tide Prediction, 12/15/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Furman Paladins vs Alabama Crimson Tide
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Location: Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Furman (+5.5)
Coleman Coliseum is the site where and the Alabama Crimson Tide (3-2) will take on the Furman Paladins (5-1) on Tuesday. Furman opens this contest as 5.5-point dogs. The over/under opens at 150.5.
Furman enters this contest with a mark of 5-1 for the year. The Paladins are shooting 33.1% on shots beyond the perimeter (54 of 163) and 75.2% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 85.8 points per game (35th in the nation) while shooting 50.0% from the floor. They are giving up possession 12.5 times per contest and as a team are committing 19.3 fouls per contest. As a team, Furman is snagging 39.0 rebounds per game and has racked up 115 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 13th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. When they are on the defensive end, the Paladins have forced 17.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.2 fouls. They are giving up 24.0% on shots from downtown and they are 46th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (61.7). The Paladins defense is allowing a FG percentage of 40.3% (140 of 347) and they surrender 33.0 boards per game as a squad. They rank 242nd in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 77 relinquished for the season.
The Furman Paladins faced off with the Flagler Saints and went home with a win by a final score of 86-61 in their last game. Furman wrapped up the contest with a 50.0% field goal percentage (31 out of 62) and converted 12 of their 34 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Paladins knocked down 12 of 17 tries for a percentage of 70.6%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they collected 38 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 18 assists for the game while earning 12 steals and 4 blocked shots. In the matter of the defense, Furman let their opponent shoot 50.0% from the floor on 31 out of 62. Flagler doled out 16 dimes and 12 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Saints collected 28 rebounds (4 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Flagler finished the game shooting 45.0% when shooting free throws by burying 9 of 20 tries. They converted 6 of 25 attempts from 3-point land.
Alex Hunter is a guy who saw a lot of action for this game. He left the arena with 10 points on 3 of 8 shooting. He played 28 mins played and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hunter finished the contest at 37.5% from the field and also distributed 5 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in this game for the Paladins was Noah Gurley. He pulled down 5 boards and earned 2 dimes. He finished the game at 53.8% from the field for the matchup by connecting on 7-of-13 (17 points). When the final whistle blew, Gurley was on the hardwood for 26 min.
Alabama has a mark of 3-2 on the campaign. Alabama has scored 375 points this season (75.0 per contest) and they snag 39.6 rebounds per contest. The Crimson Tide have committed 17.4 personal fouls every game and they hit 73.7% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Crimson Tide are connecting on 40.1% from the field, which ranks them 298th in Division 1. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 12.4 times per game (227th in D-1) and they are giving up possession 12.8 times per game. The Crimson Tide on defense are ranked 163rd in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 69.6. The Alabama defense allows 32.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (40 of 122) and opponents are knocking down 64.1% of their foul shots. They have given up 12.4 dimes and 40.8 rebounds per game, which ranks them 145th and 285th in college hoops. They have forced 16.4 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.6% from the field (146th in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Alabama Crimson Tide took a loss by a final score of 64-56 when they played the Clemson Tigers. The Crimson Tide collected 20 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 24 for the game. They stuffed 2 shots while recording 17 steals in the game. The Tigers committed 17 fouls in this game which got the Crimson Tide to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to convert 19 of the free throw tries for a clip of 86.4%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Alabama made 3 out of their 22 attempts (13.6%). In all, the Crimson Tide shot 17 for 56 from the field which had them shooting 30.4%. The Crimson Tide permitted the Tigers to convert 27 out of 57 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.4% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 26.3% from three-point range by hitting 5 out of 19 and ended up shooting 5 out of 11 from the charity stripe (45.5%). When discussing cleaning the glass, Alabama permitted Clemson to grab 38 overall (9 on the offensive side).
John Petty played big minutes for the Crimson Tide in the matchup. He buried 2 of 10 for the game for a rate of 20.0%, which had him sitting at 10 points. Petty grabbed 4 boards in his 32 mins played and tallied 2 assists in the matchup. Another guy who saw a lot of court time for Alabama was Herbert Jones. He totaled 17 points in his 30 minutes played by going 3 of 9 from the floor in the matchup. Jones walked away from this one going 33.3% from the field while earning 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Alabama (-5.5)
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