Houston Baptist Huskies vs Oklahoma Sooners Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Baptist Huskies vs Oklahoma Sooners
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, OK
Odds/Point Spread: Houston Baptist (+33.5)
The Oklahoma Sooners (4-1) play the Houston Baptist Huskies (1-6) at Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday. Houston Baptist opens this game as 33.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 163.5.
Houston Baptist will play this contest with a record of 1-6 on the season. They turn the ball over 17.6 times per contest and as a group they commit 16.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Houston Baptist is grabbing 32.7 boards per contest and has tallied 107 dimes for the campaign, which is 48th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Huskies are shooting 40.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (65 of 160) and 74.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 69.7 points per outing (226th in Division 1) while hitting 42.7% from the field. On the defensive end, the Huskies are forcing their opponents into 12.7 turnovers every game while drawing 16.4 personal fouls. The Huskies defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 47.4% (217 of 458) and they relinquish 39.7 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 315th in the nation in allowing assists with 121 relinquished for the season. They are surrendering 37.0% on shots from downtown while they are 311th in D-1 in points per game allowed (84.6).
The Houston Baptist Huskies played the North Texas Mean Green and went home with a loss by a final score of 85-55 in their last contest. Houston Baptist walked away from the game with a 33.3% field goal percentage (19 of 57) and converted 9 out of their 19 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Huskies buried 8 of 8 shots for a percentage of 100.0%. When it comes to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 24 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 9 assists for the contest as well as earning 7 steals and 3 blocked shots. When discussing defending, Houston Baptist let their opponent shoot 33.3% from the field on 19 out of 57. North Texas doled out 20 dimes and 7 steals in this game. On top of that, the Mean Green grabbed 37 rebounds (7 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 3 blocks. North Texas walked away from this one shooting 50.0% at the free throw line by burying 5 of their 10 attempts. They also buried 8 out of their 18 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Za-Ontay Boothman is a player who played a role in the matchup. He ended up with 16 points on 5 of 14 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 minutes and snagged 5 rebounds. Boothman went 35.7% from the floor and distributed 2 assists. One more player that was a contributor in this contest for the Huskies was Pedro Castro. He grabbed 7 boards and accounted for 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 41.7% from the floor for the contest by shooting 5-of-12 (14 points). In all, Castro was on the hardwood for 29 min.
Oklahoma has a record of 4-1 on the year. As an offense, the Sooners are shooting 47.6% from the field, which ranks them 100th in college basketball. Oklahoma has totaled 428 pts for the campaign (85.6 per contest) and they grab 38.4 boards per contest. They are getting an assist 16.4 times per contest (57th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 10.6 times per contest. The Sooners have committed 13.0 fouls every game and they connect on 81.0% from the free throw line. The Sooners are ranked 218th in college hoops in points given up per game with 72.4. They have given up 12.6 dimes and 36.2 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 157th and 199th in those categories on the defensive end. The Oklahoma defense allows 37.7% on shots from beyond the arc (52 of 138) and opponents are converting on 82.5% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 12.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.8% from the field (94th in the country).
For their last game, the Oklahoma Sooners went home victorious with a score of 79-65 when they faced the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. The Sooners snagged 32 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 46 in the game. They blocked 5 attempts while getting 3 steals for the game. The Golden Eagles committed 18 personal fouls for this game which took the Sooners to the charity stripe for a total of 21 tries. They were able to make 16 of them for a percentage of 76.2%. In terms of shots from beyond the arc, Oklahoma converted 9 out of their 24 tries (37.5%). In all, the Sooners finished the game shooting 27 out of 64 from the floor which had them sitting at 42.2%. The Sooners allowed the Golden Eagles to make 22 of 67 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 32.8% in this contest. They finished the game shooting 28.1% from downtown by shooting 9 of 32 and ended up shooting 12 out of 12 from the free throw line (100.0%). When it comes to rebounding, Oklahoma allowed Oral Roberts to pull down 32 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Austin Reaves ended up being important for the Sooners in this matchup. He converted 5 out of 9 in this game for a rate of 55.6%, which had him sitting at 18 points. Reaves grabbed 10 rebounds in his 32 minutes and added 7 dimes in this contest. Another guy that was pivotal for Oklahoma was Brady Manek. He notched 17 points in 29 minutes played by way of 7 of 16 shooting for this contest. Manek walked away from this one going 43.8% from the field and also totaling 2 dimes and 9 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Oklahoma (-33.5)
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