Hofstra Pride vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 11/29/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Hofstra Pride vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2020
Location: Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Hofstra (+15)
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0) play the Hofstra Pride (26-8 last season) at Rutgers Athletic Center on Sunday. Rutgers opens this matchup as 15-point favorites. The total has been set at 143.
Hofstra comes into this game after finishing with a mark of 26-8 last season. The Pride hit on 37.5% on three-point shots (282 of 753) and 78.3% from the free throw line. They averaged 76.4 pts per contest (99th in D-1) while shooting 45.0% from the field. They turned it over 11.3 times per game and as a basketball team committed 14.2 personal fouls every game. As a group, Hofstra pulled down 34.8 rebounds per game and totaled 419 assists last season, which was 3rd in the country in terms of passing. When they were on defense, the Pride were able to force their opponents into 13.6 turnovers per contest and they drew 18.3 fouls. They relinquished 30.5% on shots from distance and they were ranked 234th in college basketball in points per game allowed (68.4). The Pride gave up a FG percentage of 44.5% (898 of 2,019) and they surrendered 33.8 boards per contest as a group. They were 353rd in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 492 relinquished last year.
The Hofstra Pride played the Northeastern Huskies and notched a win by a score of 70-61 in their last contest. Hofstra ended the game with a 38.6% field goal percentage (22 of 57) and made 10 of their 25 shots from beyond the arc. When they shot from the free throw line, the Pride knocked down 16 of 17 attempts for a rate of 94.1%. When discussing rebounding, they compiled 36 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 10 assists in this game as well as earning 4 steals and 3 blocks. In the matter of defending, Hofstra allowed 38.6% from the floor on 22 out of 57. Northeastern distributed 17 dimes and 5 steals for the matchup. Furthurmore, the Huskies snagged 24 rebounds (5 offensive, 19 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Northeastern shot 50.0% from the charity stripe by converting 1 of their 2 shots. They made 10 out of their 25 shots from 3-point range.
Desure Buie is one player who played a role for the matchup. He had 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He played for 40 mins and also snagged 5 boards. Buie ended up shooting 50.0% from the field and also recorded 5 assists. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Pride was Eli Pemberton. He grabbed 7 boards and also had 3 dimes. He finished shooting 35.3% from the floor for this contest by shooting 6-of-17 (19 points). At the conclusion of this game, Pemberton was on the hardwood for 40 minutes.
Rutgers has a mark of 2-0 for the campaign. Rutgers has totaled 182 points on the campaign (91.0 per game) and they pull in 45.0 boards per game. The Scarlet Knights are responsible for committing 13.0 personal fouls every game and they connect on 50.0% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Scarlet Knights are connecting on 58.8% from the field, which has them ranked 3rd in Division 1. Their rate of earning assists is at 20.5 times per game (23rd in college hoops) and they turn the ball over 12.0 times per contest. The Scarlet Knights defensively are ranked 241st in Division 1 in PPG given up with 69.0. They are forcing 15.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 40.0% from the floor (218th in the nation). The Rutgers defense gives up 36.2% on shots from 3-point land (17 of 47) and opponents are converting on 61.9% of their foul shots. They allow 14.0 assists and 32.0 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 271st and 191st in college basketball.
When they last played, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights got the victory with a final of 96-75 when they played the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. The Scarlet Knights were able to corral 28 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 40 for the contest. They rejected 9 tries while getting 12 steals in the game. The Knights had 22 personal fouls in the game which got the Scarlet Knights to the free throw line for a total of 25 tries. They were able to bury 15 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 60.0%. With regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Rutgers knocked down 7 of their 19 tries (36.8%). Overall, the Scarlet Knights shot 37 for 65 from the floor which had them shooting 56.9%. The Scarlet Knights allowed the Knights to convert 29 of 68 tries from the floor which left them shooting 42.6% for this game. They went 36.4% from three-point range by connecting on 8 out of 22 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 12 from the free throw line (75.0%). Concerning cleaning up the glass, Rutgers permitted Fairleigh Dickinson to snag 29 in total (9 offensive).
Ron Harper ended up being a major contributor for the Scarlet Knights in this matchup. He made 11 out of 16 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 68.8%, which gave him 30 points. Harper pulled down 4 rebounds in his 33 minutes and accumulated 2 assists for the game. Another guy who was a determining factor for Rutgers was Montez Mathis. He left the arena with 15 points in 31 minutes on the hardwood via 6 of 12 from the floor for this contest. Mathis walked away from this one going 50.0% from the field while collecting 3 assists and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Hofstra (+15)
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