Lipscomb Bisons vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Lipscomb Bisons vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, AR
Odds/Point Spread: Lipscomb (+16.5)
The Arkansas Razorbacks (3-0) play the Lipscomb Bisons (1-2) at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday. The odds on this game have Arkansas as 16.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 144.5.
Lipscomb comes into this game with a mark of 1-2 so far this year. The Bisons are connecting on 38.0% on shots from distance (19 of 50) and 66.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 65.7 points per game (219th in the nation) while going 47.9% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 15.0 times per contest and as a group they are committing 16.3 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Lipscomb is grabbing 29.0 rebounds per game and has 51 assists on the year, which has them ranked 63rd in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Bisons are forcing 13.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.3 personal fouls. They are ranked 229th in college hoops in giving up assists with 47 surrendered so far this year. The Bisons defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.7% (80 of 175) and they surrender 33.0 boards per game as a squad. They are surrendering 28.1% on three-point shots and they rank 137th in college hoops in points per game allowed (69.3).
The Lipscomb Bisons faced off with the Cincinnati Bearcats and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 67-55 in their last contest. Lipscomb walked away from the game having earned a 43.9% field goal percentage (18 out of 41) and converted 3 of their 9 shots from beyond the arc. When shot from the charity stripe, the Bisons converted 16 of 21 attempts for a rate of 76.2%. In regard to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 26 with 2 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 14 assists for the game while getting 7 steals and 2 rejections. When it comes to defending, Lipscomb allowed 43.9% from the field on 18 out of 41. Cincinnati distributed 15 dimes and 5 steals in the game. Additionally, the Bearcats collected 32 boards (11 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Cincinnati ended up shooting 53.8% from the charity stripe by making 7 of their 13 shots. They converted 4 out of their 22 attempts from beyond the arc.
Greg Jones is one player who was pivotal in this contest. He finished with 12 points on 3 of 7 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes and also snagged 4 rebounds. Jones finished the contest at 42.9% from the field and also earned 2 assists. One more player that had an impact in the matchup for the Bisons was Romeao Ferguson. He grabbed 5 boards and also tallied 5 assists. He ended up going 50.0% from the field for this contest by connecting on 4-of-8 (12 points). In all, Ferguson played 35 min.
Arkansas has a mark of 3-0 on the campaign. The Razorbacks are committing 14.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 74.4% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 16.0 times per contest (77th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.3 times per contest. Arkansas has accumulated 283 points this season (94.3 per game) and they average 47.0 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Razorbacks are connecting on 47.3% from the floor, which is 152nd in the nation. The Razorbacks are ranked 40th in college hoops in PPG given up with 58.7. The Arkansas defense surrenders 31.0% on shots from beyond the arc (22 of 71) and their opponents are converting on 68.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 9.7 dimes and 33.0 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 48th and 80th in those defensive categories. They are forcing 16.7 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 35.3% from the field (33rd in college basketball).
In their last game, the Arkansas Razorbacks went home victorious with a score of 72-60 against the UT Arlington Mavericks. The Razorbacks were able to snag 23 defensive boards and 16 offensive boards totaling 39 for the game. They rejected 4 attempts while recording 8 steals for this game. The Mavericks committed 18 fouls in the matchup which got the Razorbacks to the charity stripe for 19 attempts. They were able to convert 15 of the free throw tries for a rate of 78.9%. In reference to shots from beyond the arc, Arkansas made 7 of their 21 tries (33.3%). Overall, the Razorbacks shot 25 out of 62 from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.3%. The Razorbacks allowed the Mavericks to make 21 of 54 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 38.9% in this game. They finished 36.8% from downtown by shooting 7 of 19 and ended up shooting 11 out of 16 from the free throw line (68.8%). When discussing rebounds, Arkansas allowed UT Arlington to grab 26 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Justin Smith saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Razorbacks in this contest. He made 4 of 15 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 26.7%, which gave him 11 points. Smith collected 9 rebounds in his 35 mins and tallied 2 assists for the contest. Someone else that ended up being a major factor for Arkansas was Jalen Tate. He totaled 14 points in his 33 minutes played by way of 6 out of 12 shooting for this game. Tate ended up shooting 50.0% from the field in addition to earning 4 assists and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Lipscomb (+16.5)
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