Loyola Marymount Lions vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 11/28/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Loyola Marymount Lions vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Saturday, November 28, 2020
Location: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Loyola Marymount (+15)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (15-16 last year) host the Loyola Marymount Lions (11-21 last season) at Williams Arena on Saturday. The spread on this matchup has Minnesota as 15-point favorites. The O/U opens at 145.
Loyola Marymount will take the court after finishing with a mark of 11-21 last season. They lost possession by turning the ball over 14.0 times per contest and as a team committed 18.9 fouls per game. As a squad, Loyola Marymount grabbed 30.0 boards per contest and accumulated 372 dimes throughout last year, which ranked 273rd in college hoops in terms of passing. The Lions hit on 30.9% from downtown (173 of 560) and 68.1% from the free throw line. They averaged 64.3 pts per game (324th in college hoops) while going 46.5% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Lions forced 12.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.0 fouls. They conceded 32.7% on shots from distance while they were 133rd in the nation in PPG allowed (67.8). The Lions gave up a shooting percentage of 43.9% (729 of 1,660) and they relinquished 29.3 boards per contest as a team. They were ranked 250th in college basketball in giving up assists with 428 relinquished over the course of last season.
The Loyola Marymount Lions faced the Southern Utah Thunderbirds and walked away with a win by a score of 85-83 in their last game. Loyola Marymount walked away from the game with a 51.8% FG percentage (29 of 56) and knocked down 6 of their 16 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Lions buried 21 of 31 attempts for a percentage of 67.7%. When talking about getting rebounds, they earned 27 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 14 dimes for the contest as well as having 5 steals and 3 blocks. In regard to defense, Loyola Marymount let their opponent shoot 51.8% from the floor on 29 out of 56. Southern Utah recorded 16 dimes and 5 steals in this game. On top of that, the Thunderbirds pulled down 30 boards (9 offensive, 21 defensive) and earned 3 blocked shots. Southern Utah ended up going 77.8% from the free throw line by burying 14 of 18 attempts. They also made 11 of their 25 shots from 3-point land.
Dameane Douglas is a guy who was a contributor for this contest. He accounted for 16 points on 5 of 8 shooting. He saw the court for 35 mins played and also snagged 5 boards. Douglas shot 62.5% from the field and earned 3 assists. One more player that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in this contest for the Lions was Eli Scott. He collected 8 boards and accounted for 7 dimes. He ended up going 36.4% from the field for the contest by connecting on 4-of-11 (11 points). In all, Scott was on the hardwood for 35 min.
Minnesota had a win-loss record of 15-16 last season. Minnesota scored 2,205 points last year (71.1 per game) and they grabbed 39.3 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Golden Gophers hit 42.5% from the floor, which was ranked 243rd in Division 1. The Golden Gophers were responsible for committing 16.6 personal fouls per game and they went 69.1% from the free throw line. They got an assist 15.0 times per contest (31st in the nation) and they lost possession via turnover 11.3 times per contest. The Golden Gophers were ranked 86th in the nation in points allowed per contest with 66.3. They allowed 12.8 assists and 36.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranked them 201st and 255th in college basketball. The Minnesota defense allowed 30.7% on shots from behind the 3-point line (177 of 577) and their opponents converted on 70.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They were able to force 10.7 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 40.8% from the field (63rd in college hoops).
For their last game, the Minnesota Golden Gophers went home victorious with a score of 99-69 when they faced the Green Bay Phoenix. The Golden Gophers snagged 31 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 for this contest. They stuffed 4 attempts while getting 13 steals in the matchup. The Phoenix had 25 personal fouls for this contest which got the Golden Gophers to the free throw line for 30 shots. They were able to convert 24 of them for a percentage of 80.0%. In reference to shots from 3-point land, Minnesota made 7 of their 34 attempts (20.6%). When the final whistle was blown, the Golden Gophers shot 34 out of 79 from the floor which had them at 43.0%. The Golden Gophers permitted the Phoenix to convert 24 of 66 attempts from the field which had them shooting 36.4% for this game. They finished shooting 18.8% from downtown via 3 out of 16 and finished the contest at 18 out of 21 at the free throw line (85.7%). In relation to rebounds, Minnesota permitted Green Bay to get 36 in total (8 offensive).
Gabe Kalscheur saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Golden Gophers for the game. He made 6 of 17 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 35.3%, which earned him 17 points. Kalscheur pulled down 3 rebounds in his 32 minutes and added 3 dimes for the matchup. Someone else that ended up coming through for Minnesota was Marcus Carr. He accumulated 35 points in his 30 minutes on the court via 12 of 22 shooting in the game. Carr walked away from this one going 54.5% from the field and also earning 4 assists and 7 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Loyola Marymount (+15)
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