Marshall Thundering Herd vs Charleston Cougars Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Marshall Thundering Herd vs Charleston Cougars
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: TD Arena in Charleston, SC
Odds/Point Spread: Marshall (-6)
The Marshall Thundering Herd (2-0) are headed to TD Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the Charleston Cougars (1-2). Charleston opens this game as 6-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 147.
Marshall enters this matchup with a mark of 2-0 on the campaign. The Thundering Herd are hitting 23.4% on shots from downtown (11 of 47) and 80.6% from the free throw line. They average 75.0 points per contest (147th in the nation) while hitting 43.7% from the floor. They lose possession via turnover 14.0 times per contest and as a group they are committing 20.5 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Marshall is grabbing 42.0 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 26 assists so far this season, which ranks 266th in the country in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Thundering Herd have forced 16.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 17.5 fouls. They are currently ranked 21st in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 17 relinquished on the campaign. The Thundering Herd defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 37.9% (44 of 116) and they relinquish 38.0 rebounds per game as a group. They are giving up 33.3% on 3-pointers while they are 44th in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (60.0).
The Marshall Thundering Herd faced the Wright State Raiders and earned the victory with a final of 80-64 in their last contest. Marshall walked away from the game having earned a 43.3% field goal percentage (26 of 60) and made 6 of their 22 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Thundering Herd converted 22 of their 27 tries for a rate of 81.5%. In reference to pulling down boards, they collected 40 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 10 assists for the matchup as well as getting 10 steals and 2 rejections. When discussing defense, Marshall allowed the other team to go 43.3% from the floor on 26 out of 60. Wright State recorded 9 assists and 6 steals for the contest. In addition, the Raiders pulled down 35 rebounds (10 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Wright State finished 45.8% at the charity stripe by converting 11 of their 24 attempts. They also made 7 out of their 18 shots from 3-point land.
Taevion Kinsey is one guy who was a factor in this contest. He finished with 31 points on 9 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 39 minutes and also snagged 7 boards. Kinsey ended up shooting 64.3% from the floor and dished out 2 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in the matchup for the Thundering Herd was Jarrod West. He grabbed 6 boards and accumulated 9 dimes. He finished shooting 46.2% from the field in the matchup by going 6-of-13 (19 points). In all, West saw the court for 37 minutes.
Charleston has a mark of 1-2 for the campaign. The Cougars commit 17.7 fouls per contest while shooting 55.3% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 12.3 times per game (207th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 11.7 times per contest. Charleston has accounted for 216 pts on the season (72.0 per game) and they pull down 40.3 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Cougars are shooting 44.7% from the field, which has them ranked 198th in the country. The Cougars on the defensive side of the court are 188th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 73.0. They have surrendered 14.7 dimes and 34.7 rebounds per game, which ranks them 218th and 123rd in those categories on the defensive end. The Charleston defense gives up 35.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (28 of 78) and opponents are making 72.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 11.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 42.6% from the floor (164th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Charleston Cougars took a defeat with a final score of 81-57 when they faced the Furman Paladins. The Cougars were able to pull down 21 defensive boards and 16 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 in this contest. They also blocked 2 tries while getting 6 steals in the game. The Paladins had 18 personal fouls for this game which took the Cougars to the charity stripe for a total of 14 tries. They were able to make 6 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 42.9%. Pertaining to shots from 3-point land, Charleston made 5 of 23 attempts (21.7%). In all, the Cougars finished the game shooting 23 out of 63 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.5%. The Cougars permitted the Paladins to bury 30 of their 58 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 51.7% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 47.1% from downtown by shooting 16 out of 34 and finished the contest at 5 of 6 at the free throw line (83.3%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Charleston permitted Furman to collect 29 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Payton Willis ended up being important for the Cougars in the game. He buried 3 out of 8 for this game giving him a rate of 37.5%, which gave him 7 points. Willis pulled down 5 boards in his 34 mins played and accounted for 3 dimes for the game. One more player who saw a lot of minutes for Charleston was Zep Jasper. He scored 12 points in his 29 minutes on the court via 5 of 12 shooting in the game. Jasper ended up shooting 41.7% from the floor while contributing 2 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Marshall (-6)
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