Lamar Cardinals vs UL Monroe Warhawks Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lamar Cardinals vs UL Monroe Warhawks
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe, LA
Odds/Point Spread: Lamar (+4.5)
Fant-Ewing Coliseum is the venue where and the UL Monroe Warhawks (1-1) will take on the Lamar Cardinals (0-4) on Wednesday. Lamar opens this contest as 4.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 136.
Lamar will enter this matchup with a win-loss record of 0-4 for the year. They are averaging 54.8 pts per game (288th in Division 1) on 36.3% from the field. The Cardinals are hitting 20.8% on shots from beyond the arc (10 of 48) and 65.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Lamar is pulling down 35.3 rebounds per game and has accounted for 37 dimes on the season, which ranks 201st in D-1 in terms of passing. They are turning it over 17.0 times per game and as a group they are committing 17.8 fouls per contest. On defense, the Cardinals are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.5 fouls. They are 254th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 63 surrendered this season. The Cardinals are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 44.1% (101 of 229) and they relinquish 38.0 rebounds per game as a unit. They give up 40.4% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 181st in college basketball in PPG allowed (72.5).
The Lamar Cardinals faced off with the Air Force Falcons and ended up losing by a score of 59-44 in their last game. Lamar finished having earned a 32.0% FG percentage (16 out of 50) and knocked down 1 of their 6 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Cardinals converted 11 of their 16 attempts for a rate of 68.8%. When discussing hauling in rebounds, they earned 26 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 3 assists in the game as well as having 9 steals and 3 blocked shots. When discussing defending, Lamar allowed the other team to shoot 32.0% from the field on 16 of 50. Air Force dished out 16 assists and 9 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Falcons grabbed 28 boards (1 offensive, 27 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Air Force finished the contest at 72.7% when shooting free throws by burying 8 of their 11 attempts. They converted 9 of their 21 attempts from distance.
Avery Sullivan is someone who played a role in this contest. He walked away with 10 points on 1 out of 7 shooting. He was on the court for 39 minutes and pulled down 9 boards. Sullivan went 14.3% from the floor and earned 2 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Cardinals was Quinlan Bennett. He grabbed 3 rebounds and had 2 assists. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor in this game by shooting 5-of-10 (10 points). When the game finished, Bennett was on the hardwood for 24 min.
UL Monroe has a win-loss mark of 1-1 for the campaign. The Warhawks commit 17.5 fouls per game and they hit 75.0% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 13.5 times per game (169th in college hoops) and they lose possession via turnover 10.0 times per contest. UL Monroe has tallied 154 points so far this year (77.0 per game) and they snag 36.0 boards per contest. As an offensive unit, the Warhawks are shooting 40.8% from the field, which has them ranked 285th in the country. The Warhawks on the defensive end are ranked 262nd in college hoops in points given up per game with 80.5. They have surrendered 12.0 assists and 47.5 total boards per game, which is ranked 125th and 295th in those categories on the defensive end. The UL Monroe defense gives up 37.0% on 3-point shots (20 of 54) and their opponents are converting on 64.1% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 15.5 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.6% from the field (165th in D-1).
When they last played, the UL Monroe Warhawks walked away with a victory by a final of 92-83 when they played the Northwestern State Demons. The Warhawks earned 34 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 43 in this matchup. They turned away 2 shots while recording 4 steals for the game. The Demons were called for 28 personal fouls for this contest which took the Warhawks to the charity stripe for a total of 38 attempts. They were able to convert 30 of the free throws for a clip of 78.9%. With regard to three-point attempts, UL Monroe converted 8 out of their 25 attempts (32.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Warhawks ended up shooting 27 for 64 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.2%. The Warhawks permitted the Demons to convert 29 of 76 attempts from the field which had them shooting 38.2% for this contest. They finished 37.9% from distance by shooting 11 of 29 and finished the contest at 14 out of 20 from the charity stripe (70.0%). When it comes to cleaning the glass, UL Monroe permitted Northwestern State to pull down 42 in total (15 on the offensive glass).
Koreem Ozier pitched in for the Warhawks for the matchup. He made 4 out of 10 for the matchup for a rate of 40.0%, which got him 16 points. Ozier pulled down 9 rebounds in his 39 minutes and accounted for 5 assists in this game. One more player that ended up being a major factor for UL Monroe was Russell Harrison. He totaled 14 points in 28 minutes on the hardwood by way of 4 of 16 from the floor in this game. Harrison finished going 25.0% from the floor as well as contributing 2 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take UL Monroe (-4.5)
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