Indiana State Sycamores vs Saint Louis Billikens Prediction, 12/15/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana State Sycamores vs Saint Louis Billikens
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Location: Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana State (+11.5)
Chaifetz Arena is the venue where and the Saint Louis Billikens (4-0) will play the Indiana State Sycamores (1-1) on Tuesday. Saint Louis opens this game as 11.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 142.5.
Indiana State comes into this game with a win-loss record of 1-1 on the season. They are averaging 74.0 points per game (166th in the nation) while shooting 45.2% from the floor. The Sycamores are shooting 27.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (12 of 43) and 68.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Indiana State is snagging 31.5 boards per game and is sitting with 31 dimes so far this year, which ranks 288th in the country in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.0 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 16.0 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Sycamores have forced 20.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 16.5 fouls. They are 58th in the country in allowing assists to the opposition with 36 surrendered on the year. The Sycamores defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 48.7% (55 of 113) and they surrender 37.5 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are conceding 46.2% from beyond the arc while they are 217th in college basketball in PPG allowed (73.0).
The Indiana State Sycamores faced the Purdue Boilermakers and went home with a loss by a final score of 80-68 in their last contest. Indiana State ended the contest having earned a 44.1% FG percentage (26 out of 59) and knocked down 7 of their 22 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Sycamores converted 9 of 13 attempts for a rate of 69.2%. With regard to pulling down boards, they earned 21 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 15 assists in the matchup in addition to earning 7 steals and 2 rejections. In relation to defending, Indiana State allowed the other team to go 44.1% from the field on 26 of 59. Purdue totaled 22 dimes and 3 steals for this game. Moreover, the Boilermakers totaled 36 rebounds (11 offensive, 25 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Purdue finished shooting 66.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 14 of 21 shots. They also converted 6 of 16 tries from beyond the arc.
Jake LaRavia is one guy who came through in this contest. He finished with 10 points on 4 out of 13 shooting. He played for 39 minutes and totaled 7 rebounds. LaRavia walked away from this one shooting 30.8% from the floor and distributed 4 dimes. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Sycamores was Tyreke Key. He collected 4 rebounds and tallied 3 assists. He ended up going 57.1% from the floor in the game by shooting 8-of-14 (18 points). Overall, Key was on the hardwood for 36 min.
Saint Louis has a win-loss record of 4-0 for the campaign. On the offensive side of the court, the Billikens are shooting 53.6% from the field, which is ranked 44th in college hoops. Saint Louis has 369 pts on the season (92.3 per game) and they average 35.8 boards per game. They are getting an assist 21.3 times per game (7th in college hoops) and they turn the ball over 11.3 times per game. The Billikens are committing 17.5 personal fouls every game and they go 77.5% from the free throw line. The Billikens on the defensive end are ranked 60th in the country in PPG allowed with 63.0. They have forced 20.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 42.3% from the floor (161st in Division 1). The Saint Louis defense allows 35.6% on 3-point shots (26 of 73) and their opposition makes 67.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 10.0 assists and 27.5 boards every game, ranking them 48th and 10th in the nation.
When they last played, the Saint Louis Billikens took home the win by a final score of 88-65 against the Central Arkansas Bears. The Billikens snagged 21 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive boards for a total of 35 in this matchup. They also rejected 5 attempts while getting 16 steals for this contest. The Bears were called for 15 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Billikens to the free throw line for a total of 12 tries. They were able to make 10 of those for a rate of 83.3%. Pertaining to shooting from 3-point land, Saint Louis made 8 of 21 attempts (38.1%). When this game wrapped up, the Billikens finished shooting 35 for 72 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.6%. The Billikens allowed the Bears to bury 23 out of their 52 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.2% for the contest. They finished 43.8% from distance by shooting 7 out of 16 and finished the game at 12 out of 19 from the charity stripe (63.2%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Saint Louis allowed Central Arkansas to snag 31 in all (7 offensive).
Yuri Collins pitched in for the Billikens for this contest. He converted 4 out of 8 in this matchup for a rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 12 points. Collins pulled down 3 rebounds in his 31 minutes played and had 9 dimes in the matchup. One more player who came through for Saint Louis was Jordan Goodwin. He totaled 15 points in his 30 minutes played via 7 of 17 shooting for the matchup. Goodwin wrapped this one up going 41.2% from the floor and also totaling 2 assists and 11 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Saint Louis (-11.5)
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