Missouri State Bears vs UNI Panthers Prediction, 12/27/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Missouri State Bears vs UNI Panthers
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Location: McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, IA
Odds/Point Spread: Missouri State (+7.5)
The Missouri State Bears (3-0) travel to McLeod Center on Sunday where they'll take on the UNI Panthers (1-4). Missouri State opens this contest as 7.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 148.
Missouri State steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 3-0 so far this season. They average 84.0 points per contest (36th in college hoops) while shooting 51.1% from the floor. The Bears are connecting on 36.1% on shots from downtown (30 of 83) and 65.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Missouri State is grabbing 39.3 boards per game and has accumulated 57 assists this year, which is 282nd in the country in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 13.0 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 18.3 fouls per contest. On defense, the Bears are forcing 13.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 24.3 fouls. They are ranked 18th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 30 relinquished this year. The Bears defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 41.5% (76 of 183) and they surrender 32.7 rebounds per game as a group. They are giving up 37.1% on 3-point attempts and they are 164th in D-1 in points per game allowed (69.3).
The Missouri State Bears faced the Little Rock Trojans and went home with a win by a final score of 85-77 in their last game. Missouri State ended having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (25 of 50) and buried 13 out of their 32 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Bears converted 22 of their 28 shots for a percentage of 78.6%. In relation to hauling in boards, they compiled 30 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 17 assists in this game as well as having 6 steals and 2 rejections. When talking about defending, Missouri State allowed 50.0% from the floor on 25 of 50 shooting. Little Rock distributed 13 assists and had 6 steals for this game. Additionally, the Trojans snagged 30 rebounds (9 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Little Rock finished the game shooting 52.6% from the free throw line by burying 10 of their 19 shots. They also converted 7 of 20 tries from distance.
Ja'Monta Black is one player who had an impact in this matchup. He finished with 26 points on 7 out of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 40 mins played and grabbed 2 rebounds. Black finished 63.6% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in the matchup for the Bears was Isiaih Mosley. He pulled down 8 rebounds and had 6 dimes. He ended up going 63.6% from the field for this game by shooting 7-of-11 (26 points). When all was said and done, Mosley saw the court for 32 minutes.
UNI has a win-loss mark of 1-4 this season. The Panthers are committing 17.4 fouls per game and they connect on 71.0% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.8 times per contest (216th in the country) and they turn it over 12.4 times per contest. UNI has accumulated 388 pts so far this year (77.6 per contest) and they collect 32.8 boards per game. As an offense, the Panthers are connecting on 45.7% from the field, which is ranked 149th in Division 1. The Panthers are ranked 257th in college basketball in PPG given up with 74.4. They are forcing their opponents into 14.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.0% from the floor (229th in D-1). The UNI defense surrenders 28.6% on shots from 3-point land (32 of 112) and opponents are connecting on 77.2% of their free throw shots. They allow 12.6 dimes and 38.4 total boards per game, which has them ranked 164th and 270th in Division 1.
In their last game, the UNI Panthers took a defeat with a final score of 78-68 against the Richmond Spiders. The Panthers were able to snag 26 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 33 in this matchup. They blocked 2 shots while recording 5 steals in this matchup. The Spiders had 16 personal fouls for the contest which got the Panthers to the charity stripe for a total of 18 attempts. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 61.1%. With regard to shooting from downtown, UNI converted 3 of 19 attempts (15.8%). When all was said and done, the Panthers went 27 out of 61 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.3%. The Panthers allowed the Spiders to make 29 of 59 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 49.2% in the matchup. They finished shooting 38.1% from 3-point land by going 8 of 21 and ended up going 12 out of 15 at the free throw line (80.0%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, UNI permitted Richmond to collect 38 overall (6 offensive).
Trae Berhow ended up being a major contributor for the Panthers for this contest. He converted 5 of 13 for this game giving him a rate of 38.5%, which had him finishing with 13 points. Berhow snagged 6 rebounds in his 36 mins played and totaled 3 assists in this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for UNI was Austin Phyfe. He ended up finishing with 15 points in his 23 minutes played by going 6 of 11 from the floor for the game. Phyfe finished going 54.5% from the floor as well as totaling 2 assists and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Missouri State (+7.5)
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