Liberty Flames vs Purdue Boilermakers Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Liberty Flames vs Purdue Boilermakers
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Titan Field House in Melbourne, FL
TV: CBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: Liberty (+11)
The Liberty Flames (30-4 last season) travel to Titan Field House on Wednesday where they'll meet the Purdue Boilermakers (16-15 last year). Purdue opens this game as 11-point favorites. The total is set at 123.5.
The Liberty Flames faced the Lipscomb Bisons and went home with a win by a final score of 73-57 in their last outing of last season. Liberty ended with a 53.8% FG percentage (28 out of 52) and made 11 out of their 27 three-point shots. When shot from the charity stripe, the Flames buried 6 of their 8 shots for a rate of 75.0%. Pertaining to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 25 with 2 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 17 assists for this game as well as having 9 steals and 2 blocked shots. In terms of defending, Liberty allowed 53.8% from the field by going 28 of 52. Lipscomb recorded 10 dimes and 4 steals in this game. On top of that, the Bisons had 23 rebounds (4 offensive, 19 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Lipscomb went 69.2% at the charity stripe by making 9 of 13 attempts. They converted 2 out of their 13 attempts from 3-point land. Elijah Cuffee is one player who was a factor for the game. He was able to score 16 points on 5 of 9 shooting. He was on the court for 40 minutes and also totaled 2 boards. Cuffee went 55.6% from the field and dished out 3 dimes. An additional guy that saw a lot of action in the matchup for the Flames was Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz. He collected 2 rebounds and also tallied 3 dimes. He went 66.7% from the floor for the contest by shooting 2-of-3 (6 points). When the final whistle was blown, Pacheco-Ortiz played for 40 min.
Liberty heads into this one after finishing with a record of 30-4 last season. They had an average of 68.6 pts per game (252nd in D-1) while hitting 47.9% from the field. The Flames hit on 36.6% on shots from distance (260 of 711) and 71.3% from the charity stripe. As a basketball team Liberty pulled in 33.3 boards per contest and totaled 446 assists last season, which had them ranked 94th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They lost possession by turning the ball over 9.4 times per game and as a basketball team committed 13.4 fouls every game. On defense the Flames were able to force 12.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.1 fouls. The Flames gave up a field goal percentage of 38.7% (657 of 1,697) and they relinquished 29.3 boards per game as a team. They were ranked 7th in college hoops in allowing assists 294 surrendered over the course of last year. They conceded 29.2% on 3-point shots and they were ranked 2nd in college basketball in opponents points per game (53.8).
The last time they took the court, the Purdue Boilermakers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 71-68 when they played the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Boilermakers were able to snag 27 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards totaling 39 for the game. They also turned away 6 shots while getting 5 steals for the game. The Scarlet Knights were called for 19 personal fouls in the game which took the Boilermakers to the free throw line for 21 attempts. They were able to convert 17 of the free throw tries for a rate of 81.0%. In terms of 3-point attempts, Purdue knocked down 7 of their 29 attempts (24.1%). In all, the Boilermakers finished the game shooting 22 for 65 from the floor which gave them a rate of 33.8%. The Boilermakers allowed the Scarlet Knights to make 27 of 61 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 44.3% in this game. They finished 50.0% from downtown by connecting on 9 of 18 and ended up shooting 8 of 14 at the free throw line (57.1%). Concerning rebounds, Purdue allowed Rutgers to get 39 overall (10 on the offensive side). Sasha Stefanovic ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Boilermakers in the matchup. He made 7 out of 15 in the game for a field goal rate of 46.7%, which had him finishing with 22 points. Stefanovic snagged 4 rebounds in his 37 mins played and accounted for 5 assists for this game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Purdue was Eric Hunter Jr.. He was able to score 12 points in 35 minutes played by way of 4 out of 12 shooting in the matchup. Hunter wrapped this one up going 33.3% from the field while contributing 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Purdue had a win-loss record of 16-15 last year. Purdue totaled 2,114 points last season (68.2 per game) and they pulled in 36.9 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense the Boilermakers connected on 41.8% from the floor, which was ranked 282nd in college basketball. The Boilermakers were responsible for committing 17.5 fouls every game and they connected on 68.7% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates was at 13.6 times per contest (128th in the country) and they turned the ball over 11.5 times per game. The Boilermakers were ranked 19th in college basketball in PPG given up with 62.6. They gave up 12.9 assists and 32.7 rebounds every game, which had them ranked 210th and 69th in those categories on the defensive end. The Purdue defense from outside the perimeter surrendered 30.5% on 3-pointers (213 of 698) and their opponents knocked down 71.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They forced 13.5 TO's every game and allowed teams to shoot 40.7% from the field (60th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Liberty (+11)
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