La Salle Explorers vs Maryland Terrapins Prediction, 12/22/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: La Salle Explorers vs Maryland Terrapins
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Location: XFINITY Center in College Park, MD
Odds/Point Spread: La Salle (+15)
The La Salle Explorers (3-4) go to XFINITY Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the Maryland Terrapins (4-2). La Salle opens this matchup as 15-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 133.
La Salle comes into this matchup with a record of 3-4 on the campaign. They lose possession via turnover 15.7 times per game and as a squad are committing 17.6 fouls every game. As a unit, La Salle is snagging 34.4 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 93 assists on the season, which ranks 116th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Explorers are shooting 36.8% on three-point shots (53 of 144) and 66.3% from the charity stripe. They average 64.3 pts per contest (288th in the country) while connecting on 43.0% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Explorers are able to force 14.7 turnovers every game while drawing 15.1 fouls. The Explorers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 41.0% (165 of 402) and they surrender 36.1 rebounds per game as a team. They rank 254th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 96 surrendered on the season. They surrender 30.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 108th in D-1 in PPG allowed (66.1).
The La Salle Explorers faced off with the Delaware Blue Hens and notched a win by a score of 71-61 in their last game. La Salle finished having earned a 45.6% FG percentage (26 of 57) and knocked down 6 out of their 21 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Explorers made 13 of their 18 attempts for a rate of 72.2%. When it comes to rebounding, they collected a total of 30 with 4 of them being offensive. They also recorded 15 assists for the game in addition to earning 8 steals and 3 rejections. In relation to the defense, La Salle allowed the other team to go 45.6% from the field on 26 of 57. Delaware doled out 14 assists and 6 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Blue Hens snagged 30 rebounds (5 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 3 rejections. Delaware ended up shooting 60.0% when shooting free throws by making 12 of their 20 tries. They also converted 9 out of their 23 tries from beyond the arc.
Jhamir Brickus is someone who played a role in the matchup. He ended up finishing with 12 points on 4 out of 7 shooting. He was on the court for 26 minutes and collected 2 rebounds. Brickus finished the game at 57.1% from the floor and also totaled 2 dimes. Someone else that came through in the game for the Explorers was David Beatty. He collected 2 rebounds and tallied 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 60.0% from the floor in the matchup by going 6-of-10 (18 points). When all was said and done, Beatty played 29 minutes.
Maryland has a mark of 4-2 on the year. The Terrapins are responsible for committing 15.7 personal fouls per game and they connect on 71.9% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 14.8 times per contest (108th in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 12.3 times per contest. Maryland has earned 447 pts so far this season (74.5 per game) and they grab 37.2 boards per game. As an offense, the Terrapins are connecting on 49.4% from the floor, which has them ranked 67th in the nation. The Terrapins defensively are ranked 61st in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 63.0. They allow 10.8 assists and 30.2 boards per game, which ranks them 70th and 34th in college basketball. The Maryland defense gives up 32.4% on shots from distance (46 of 142) and their opposition knocks down 59.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 11.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 40.9% from the field (130th in the country).
When they last stepped on the court, the Maryland Terrapins took a loss by a score of 74-60 when they played the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Terrapins were able to collect 25 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 36 in the matchup. They rejected 4 shots while recording 4 steals in this game. The Scarlet Knights earned 18 fouls for this contest which took the Terrapins to the free throw line for 18 attempts. They were able to bury 14 of the free throws for a percentage of 77.8%. When it comes to three-point shots, Maryland made 4 out of 20 tries (20.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Terrapins finished the game shooting 21 for 61 from the floor which gave them a rate of 34.4%. The Terrapins permitted the Scarlet Knights to bury 29 out of their 60 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 48.3% for the contest. They went 47.4% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 9 of 19 and finished the contest at 7 out of 16 from the charity stripe (43.8%). Concerning team rebounding, Maryland permitted Rutgers to collect 35 in total (7 offensive).
Eric Ayala ended up playing a lot for the Terrapins for this contest. He converted 3 out of 11 in this matchup for a rate of 27.3%, which had him sitting at 12 points. Ayala collected 2 boards in his 37 minutes played and had 2 assists for the matchup. Another guy that ended up coming through for Maryland was Donta Scott. He walked away with 20 points in 32 minutes played by way of 6 of 10 shooting in this game. Scott wrapped this one up going 60.0% from the field while totaling 2 dimes and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take La Salle (+15)
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