Lamar Cardinals vs Air Force Falcons Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lamar Cardinals vs Air Force Falcons
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: Clune Arena in Colorado Springs, CO
TV: No TV
Odds/Point Spread: Lamar (+5.5)
The Lamar Cardinals (0-3) head to Clune Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Air Force Falcons (1-1). Lamar opens this contest as 5.5-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 132.5.
Lamar comes into this matchup with a mark of 0-3 this year. They turn it over 18.7 times per game and as a group they are committing 18.7 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Lamar is pulling down 37.3 rebounds per game and is sitting with 34 assists for the campaign, which ranks 156th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Cardinals are connecting on 21.4% on 3-point shots (9 of 42) and 64.7% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 58.3 points per game (264th in D-1) while shooting 37.7% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Cardinals have forced 13.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.3 personal fouls. They currently rank 228th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 47 surrendered on the season. The Cardinals defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 42.6% (80 of 188) and they concede 41.0 rebounds per contest as a group. They are giving up 39.8% on three-point shots and they rank 216th in D-1 in points per game allowed (77.0).
The Lamar Cardinals faced the Lipscomb Bisons and went home with a loss by a final score of 76-73 in their last game. Lamar finished having earned a 47.4% field goal percentage (27 of 57) and converted 5 of their 14 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Cardinals made 14 of their 19 attempts for a percentage of 73.7%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they earned 32 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 16 assists in the game as well as having 5 steals and 4 blocked shots. In regard to defense, Lamar let their opponent shoot 47.4% from the field on 27 out of 57. Lipscomb totaled 23 assists and 6 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the Bisons collected 24 rebounds (2 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 4 blocks. Lipscomb went 35.3% from the charity stripe by converting 6 of their 17 tries. They also made 10 of their 21 shots from long range.
Anderson Kopp is one player who was a major contributor in this game. He accounted for 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 36 minutes played and snagged 3 rebounds. Kopp walked away from this one shooting 53.3% from the field and earned 2 assists. Someone else that played a role in this matchup for the Cardinals was Avery Sullivan. He grabbed 8 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He finished the game at 46.2% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 6-of-13 (20 points). Overall, Sullivan was on the hardwood for 36 minutes.
Air Force has a mark of 1-1 this year. The Falcons are responsible for committing 16.0 fouls per contest and they go 74.1% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 11.5 times per contest (212th in college basketball) and they turn it over 14.5 times per game. Air Force has totaled 111 points this season (55.5 per game) and they average 29.5 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Falcons are shooting 42.0% from the field, which has them ranked 252nd in Division 1. The Falcons on the defensive side of the court are 61st in college hoops in points allowed per game with 62.0. They concede 11.5 assists and 32.0 total boards per game, which ranks them 108th and 63rd in college hoops. The Air Force defense concedes 31.0% on 3-pointers (18 of 58) and opponents are knocking down 75.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 9.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 39.3% from the field (93rd in D-1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Air Force Falcons took a defeat with a final score of 63-45 when they played the Seattle Redhawks. The Falcons earned 18 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards for a total of 22 in the game. They blocked 2 shots while earning 2 steals in this game. The Redhawks had 13 fouls in this matchup which took the Falcons to the charity stripe for 8 attempts. They were able to knock down 7 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 87.5%. Pertaining to 3-pointers, Air Force made 6 of 20 tries (30.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Falcons finished shooting 16 for 40 from the field which had them shooting 40.0%. The Falcons allowed the Redhawks to bury 24 out of 57 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 42.1% in the matchup. They wrapped up this game 37.9% from distance by hitting 11 out of 29 and finished the contest at 4 out of 6 from the free throw line (66.7%). In reference to how they rebounded, Air Force allowed Seattle to grab 24 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
Chris Joyce saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Falcons in this contest. He finished 0 of 2 in the matchup with only 4 points. Joyce grabbed 3 boards in his 38 minutes and had 2 assists for the contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Air Force was Keaton Van Soelen. He notched 9 points in his 36 minutes on the court by way of 4 of 8 shooting in the game. Soelen finished going 50.0% from the field and also earning 2 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Air Force (-5.5)
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