Hofstra Pride vs Monmouth Hawks Prediction, 12/15/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Hofstra Pride vs Monmouth Hawks
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Location: OceanFirst Bank Center in West Long Branch, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Hofstra (+1)
The Monmouth Hawks (0-0) host the Hofstra Pride (2-2) at OceanFirst Bank Center on Tuesday. Hofstra opens this matchup as 1-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 146.5.
Hofstra will play this game with a record of 2-2 this year. They are averaging 68.8 points per outing (230th in the nation) on 38.8% from the field. The Pride are hitting 25.0% on 3-point shots (26 of 104) and 68.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Hofstra is collecting 36.5 rebounds per game and has accounted for 50 assists for the season, which ranks 230th in the country in terms of passing. They cough up possession 10.5 times per game and as a group they commit 17.0 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end, the Pride are forcing 13.5 turnovers per game while drawing 18.8 fouls. They rank 171st in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 58 surrendered for the year. The Pride defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 40.7% (96 of 236) and they relinquish 40.0 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 30.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 158th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (69.3).
The Hofstra Pride faced the Stony Brook Seawolves and walked away with a win by a score of 72-67 in their last contest. Hofstra ended the game with a 44.1% field goal percentage (26 of 59) and made 8 of their 27 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Pride made 12 of 16 shots for a rate of 75.0%. In regard to hauling in rebounds, they earned 33 with 5 of them being offensive. They also distributed 15 assists for this contest while having 5 steals and 3 blocks. With respect to defense, Hofstra allowed the other team to shoot 44.1% from the field on 26 of 59. Stony Brook earned 15 assists and 2 steals for the game. In addition, the Seawolves grabbed 40 boards (12 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Stony Brook ended up shooting 86.4% from the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of their 22 attempts. They buried 6 of 25 shots from long range.
Caleb Burgess is a player who was important in this game. He had 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting. He saw the court for 35 minutes played and snagged 3 boards. Burgess ended up shooting 66.7% from the field and totaled 6 assists. Someone else that played big minutes in the matchup for the Pride was Jalen Ray. He collected 3 rebounds and also accounted for 5 assists. He finished the contest at 33.3% from the field for the contest by shooting 4-of-12 (10 points). When the game finished, Ray saw the court for 35 minutes.
Monmouth had a record of 18-13 last year. Monmouth accounted for 2,209 points last season (71.3 per contest) and they grabbed 34.1 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Hawks shot 41.0% from the floor, which ranked them 291st in college basketball. The Hawks committed 20.0 personal fouls per contest and they hit 72.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists was at 12.9 times per contest (206th in college basketball) and they lost possession by turning the ball over 12.8 times per game. The Hawks on the defensive side of the court were 180th in D-1 in points given up per game with 70.6. The Monmouth defense gave up 34.4% on 3-point shots (237 of 689) and their opposition knocked down 70.8% of their free throw attempts. They forced 16.3 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 42.5% from the floor (170th in college basketball). They surrendered 12.0 dimes and 38.3 total boards per game, which ranked them 122nd and 247th in the country.
When they last stepped on the court, the Monmouth Hawks took a loss by a score of 86-72 when they played the Siena Saints. The Hawks were able to corral 13 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 22 for the game. They turned away 4 shots while recording 10 steals for this contest. The Saints had 15 fouls in this contest which got the Hawks to the free throw line for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to bury 12 of the free throw tries for a rate of 80.0%. In the matter of 3-point shots, Monmouth converted 6 out of their 27 tries (22.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Hawks ended up going 27 for 69 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 39.1%. The Hawks permitted the Saints to convert 32 of their 58 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 55.2% in the game. They finished 37.0% from three-point range by going 10 out of 27 and finished the contest at 12 out of 14 at the free throw line (85.7%). In reference to rebounding, Monmouth allowed Siena to get 43 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Deion Hammond ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Hawks for this game. He knocked down 11 of 22 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 50.0%, which had him finishing with 27 points. Hammond pulled down 3 rebounds in his 36 minutes and had 2 dimes in this game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Monmouth was Ray Salnave. He scored 12 points in his 28 minutes played by way of 3 out of 14 from the floor for the contest. Salnave ended the game having shot 21.4% from the field in addition to collecting 5 dimes and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Hofstra (+1)
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