Kennesaw State Owls vs Belmont Bruins Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kennesaw State Owls vs Belmont Bruins
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Curb Event Center Arena in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Kennesaw State (+25)
Curb Event Center Arena is the site where and the Belmont Bruins (5-1) will take on the Kennesaw State Owls (3-2) on Wednesday. Kennesaw State opens this contest as 25-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 143.5.
Kennesaw State will enter this game with a record of 3-2 for the campaign. They average 74.2 pts per game (163rd in D-1) while shooting 45.5% from the floor. The Owls are hitting 32.8% on shots from beyond the arc (44 of 134) and 67.2% from the free throw line. As a team, Kennesaw State is collecting 39.6 boards per game and has tallied 71 dimes for the year, which ranks 136th in college hoops in terms of passing. They turn it over 14.8 times per game and as a team are committing 18.4 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end of the court, the Owls are able to force 14.6 turnovers per game while drawing 14.4 fouls. They are 76th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 41 conceded for the campaign. The Owls are allowing a field goal percentage of 39.9% (110 of 276) and they surrender 31.6 boards per game as a unit. They relinquish 31.8% from beyond the arc and they rank 55th in the country in opponents points per game (62.4).
The Kennesaw State Owls faced off with the Dalton State Roadrunners and earned the victory with a final of 72-62 in their last game. Kennesaw State ended the contest with a 49.1% FG percentage (26 out of 53) and converted 9 of their 28 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Owls knocked down 11 of 18 tries for a rate of 61.1%. When discussing grabbing rebounds, they earned 30 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 12 assists for this contest while having 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. In regard to defense, Kennesaw State allowed the other team to shoot 49.1% from the floor on 26 out of 53. Dalton State earned 7 assists and 8 steals in this game. In addition, the Roadrunners grabbed 21 boards (6 offensive, 15 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Dalton State walked away from this one shooting 86.4% when shooting free throws by burying 19 of 22 attempts. They also made 5 of 13 attempts from distance.
Chris Youngblood is someone who was a factor in this game. He accounted for 24 points on 8 out of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 minutes and also totaled 2 boards. Youngblood ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor and distributed 4 assists. An additional guy that played big minutes in this matchup for the Owls was Spencer Rodgers. He pulled down 7 rebounds and also had 3 assists. He shot 66.7% from the field in this game by shooting 8-of-12 (21 points). At the conclusion of this game, Rodgers saw the court for 38 min.
Belmont has a win-loss mark of 5-1 on the year. As an offensive unit, the Bruins are shooting 46.6% from the floor, which is ranked 129th in the nation. Belmont has totaled 488 points for the campaign (81.3 per game) and they grab 36.2 rebounds per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.8 times per contest (114th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 12.7 times per game. The Bruins have committed 16.3 fouls per game and they shoot 71.5% from the charity stripe. The Bruins on the defensive end are ranked 213th in Division 1 in points allowed per contest with 72.8. The Belmont defense gives up 30.7% on three-point shots (42 of 137) and their opponents are making 61.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 12.3 assists and 38.7 boards per contest, which is 144th and 261st in college basketball. They have forced 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 43.6% from the field (196th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Belmont Bruins got the victory with a final of 81-71 when they faced the Lipscomb Bisons. The Bruins were able to pull down 26 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 32 in the matchup. They also stuffed 2 shots while recording 8 steals in this game. The Bisons were called for 15 fouls for the matchup which took the Bruins to the free throw line for 9 shots. They were able to bury 6 of them for a percentage of 66.7%. With respect to shooting from distance, Belmont made 11 of their 26 attempts (42.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Bruins went 32 out of 63 from the floor which had them sitting at 50.8%. The Bruins permitted the Bisons to convert 29 of their 64 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 45.3% for this game. They finished shooting 38.5% from 3-point land by shooting 5 of 13 and ended up going 8 out of 15 from the charity stripe (53.3%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Belmont allowed Lipscomb to collect 33 in total (11 on the offensive glass).
JaCobi Wood ended up being a major contributor for the Bruins for the game. He converted 5 out of 13 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 38.5%, which earned him 11 points. Wood grabbed 4 rebounds in his 35 mins and earned 8 assists in the matchup. Someone else that was pivotal for Belmont was Ben Sheppard. He scored 10 points in his 34 minutes on the hardwood via 3 out of 8 from the floor for the game. Sheppard ended up shooting 37.5% from the field while also collecting 3 assists and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kennesaw State (+25)
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