Grambling Tigers vs UL Monroe Warhawks Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Grambling Tigers vs UL Monroe Warhawks
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Grambling (+8)
The UL Monroe Warhawks (2-2) play the Grambling Tigers (1-3) at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on Wednesday. Grambling opens this contest as 8-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 129.5.
Grambling will enter this game with a mark of 1-3 this season. They turn the ball over 17.0 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 19.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Grambling is pulling down 35.3 boards per game and has totaled 36 assists this season, which is 277th in the country in terms of passing. The Tigers are connecting on 16.7% on shots from distance (10 of 60) and 62.8% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 54.0 points per contest (317th in the country) while going 36.0% from the floor. When they are on the defensive end, the Tigers have forced 13.8 turnovers per game while drawing 18.8 fouls. They give up 31.9% on shots from distance and they are 185th in college basketball in PPG allowed (70.8). The Tigers are allowing a field goal percentage of 38.4% (93 of 242) and they concede 42.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They currently rank 186th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 62 relinquished this year.
The Grambling Tigers faced the Texas Tech Red Raiders and went home with a loss by a final score of 81-40 in their last contest. Grambling ended having earned a 35.1% field goal percentage (13 of 37) and converted 2 of their 14 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Tigers converted 12 of 20 attempts for a percentage of 60.0%. In regard to getting rebounds, they collected a total of 26 with 3 of them being offensive. They also recorded 3 assists in this matchup in addition to getting 6 steals and 4 blocked shots. When talking about defense, Grambling allowed the other team to go 35.1% from the floor on 13 of 37. Texas Tech dished out 16 dimes and 13 steals in the matchup. On top of that, the Red Raiders pulled down 35 boards (13 offensive, 22 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Texas Tech finished the contest at 77.8% when shooting free throws by burying 21 of 27 tries. They made 8 of their 18 tries from distance.
Cameron Christon is one guy who was pivotal in the game. He notched 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting. He played for 28 mins played and snagged 6 rebounds. Christon shot 50.0% from the floor and recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major contributor in this contest for the Tigers was Trevell Cunningham. He snagged 4 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He ended up shooting 40.0% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 2-of-5 (7 points). When the final whistle was blown, Cunningham was on the court for 24 minutes.
UL Monroe has a win-loss record of 2-2 on the campaign. As an offensive unit, the Warhawks are shooting 43.6% from the field, which ranks them 221st in college basketball. UL Monroe has accounted for 280 points for the year (70.0 per contest) and they pull in 33.0 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 13.0 times per contest (201st in college hoops) and they lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per game. The Warhawks commit 17.3 personal fouls every game and they connect on 65.9% from the charity stripe. The Warhawks on the defensive end are ranked 167th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 69.8. They surrender 11.8 assists and 40.0 boards per contest, which is ranked 119th and 276th in college hoops. The UL Monroe defense allows 36.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter (31 of 84) and opponents are knocking down 61.3% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 15.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.6% from the floor (150th in the nation).
In their last game, the UL Monroe Warhawks got the win with a final of 66-55 when they faced the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. The Warhawks snagged 23 defensive rebounds and 1 offensive boards totaling 24 in this matchup. They blocked 2 attempts while getting 8 steals in this game. The Lumberjacks committed 19 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Warhawks to the free throw line for 23 attempts. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throw tries for a rate of 65.2%. In relation to three-point attempts, UL Monroe converted 11 of 20 attempts (55.0%). In all, the Warhawks finished shooting 20 out of 38 from the field which had them at 52.6%. The Warhawks permitted the Lumberjacks to make 18 of 44 tries from the floor which had them shooting 40.9% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 35.3% from distance by connecting on 6 of 17 and finished the game at 13 of 23 from the free throw line (56.5%). In regard to rebounds, UL Monroe allowed Stephen F. Austin to collect 23 overall (5 on the offensive glass).
Russell Harrison played big minutes for the Warhawks for this contest. He converted 3 out of 10 in the game for a field goal rate of 30.0%, which got him 11 points. Harrison totaled 6 rebounds in his 37 minutes and tallied 3 dimes in this contest. Someone else that ended up coming through for UL Monroe was Koreem Ozier. He ended up finishing with 28 points in his 35 minutes played by going 9 of 13 from the floor in the game. Ozier wrapped this one up going 69.2% from the field as well as collecting 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Grambling (+8)
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