La Salle Explorers vs Howard Bison Prediction, 12/2/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: La Salle Explorers vs Howard Bison
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Location: Burr Gymnasium in Washington, DC
Odds/Point Spread: La Salle (-7.5)
Burr Gymnasium is the venue where and the Howard Bison (0-3) will take on the La Salle Explorers (0-2) on Wednesday. The line on this contest has La Salle as 7.5-point favorites. The total opens at 147.5.
La Salle steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 0-2 this season. They are losing possession via turnover 19.5 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.0 fouls every game. As a unit, La Salle is pulling in 33.5 boards per game and has 23 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 169th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Explorers are hitting 30.4% on 3-pointers (14 of 46) and 57.1% from the free throw line. They average 58.0 points per game (241st in Division 1) while shooting 39.0% from the field. Defensively, the Explorers are forcing their opponents into 15.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 personal fouls. The Explorers defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 42.1% (51 of 121) and they relinquish 40.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are 283rd in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 34 surrendered on the season. They are giving up 28.9% on shots from distance and they are ranked 250th in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (72.0).
The La Salle Explorers faced off with the St. Peter's Peacocks and took a loss by a score of 62-51 in their last contest. La Salle ended the contest with a 39.2% FG percentage (20 out of 51) and buried 8 out of their 23 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Explorers made 3 of 9 shots for a rate of 33.3%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they collected 29 with 5 of them being offensive. They also dished out 13 assists in this matchup while having 4 steals and 9 rejections. In the matter of the defense, La Salle allowed the other team to go 39.2% from the field on 20 out of 51. St. Peter's dished out 17 assists and 8 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Peacocks pulled down 38 rebounds (11 offensive, 27 defensive) and earned 9 blocked shots. St. Peter's ended up shooting 84.6% when shooting free throws by knocking down 11 of their 13 tries. They also knocked down 5 of their 20 tries from distance.
Christian Ray is someone who saw a lot of action for this game. He had 5 points on 2 out of 6 shooting. He played 28 mins played and also snagged 2 rebounds. Ray ended up going 33.3% from the floor and distributed 2 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Explorers was David Beatty. He snagged 5 boards and also totaled 3 assists. He finished the game shooting 40.0% from the floor in the matchup by going 2-of-5 (6 points). At the conclusion of this game, Beatty was on the court for 27 min.
Howard has a mark of 0-3 this year. On the offensive side of the court, the Bison are connecting on 43.6% from the floor, which is ranked 234th in Division 1. Howard has accumulated 219 pts on the season (73.0 per contest) and they pull in 36.7 rebounds per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 13.3 times per contest (140th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.7 times per game. The Bison commit 18.7 fouls per game while shooting 73.6% from the charity stripe. The Bison defensively are ranked 337th in D-1 in PPG given up with 88.0. The Howard defense allows 37.5% on 3-point shots (33 of 88) and opponents are knocking down 59.7% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 19.0 dimes and 40.0 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 329th and 289th in D-1. They are forcing their opponents into 8.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 47.8% from the field (212th in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Howard Bison took a loss by a score of 84-70 when they faced the George Mason Patriots. The Bison were able to corral 25 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 33 in this matchup. They turned away 6 shots while recording 4 steals for the contest. The Patriots committed 17 personal fouls for the game which got the Bison to the free throw line for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to make 13 of those for a clip of 86.7%. When discussing shots from 3-point land, Howard converted 11 of 30 attempts (36.7%). At the conclusion of this game, the Bison shot 23 out of 61 from the field which gave them a rate of 37.7%. The Bison permitted the Patriots to convert 27 of 66 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.9% in this matchup. They finished shooting 40.5% from distance by connecting on 17 of 42 and ended up shooting 13 of 18 at the free throw line (72.2%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Howard permitted George Mason to grab 42 in total (12 on the offensive side).
Kyle Foster played big minutes for the Bison in this game. He converted 8 of 16 in the game giving him a rate of 50.0%, which earned him 23 points. Foster collected 3 boards in his 33 minutes and added 3 assists in this contest. An additional guy that ended up being a major factor for Howard was Sam Green. He ended up scoring 3 points in 32 minutes on the hardwood by way of 1 of 5 shooting for the matchup. Green wrapped this one up going 20.0% from the floor and also contributing 3 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take La Salle (-7.5)
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