Morehead State Eagles vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Morehead State Eagles vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
TV: SEC Network
Odds/Point Spread: Morehead State (+24)
The Morehead State Eagles (13-19 last season) go to Rupp Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the Kentucky Wildcats (25-6 last year). Kentucky opens this matchup as 24-point favorites. The total opens at 144.5.
The Morehead State Eagles played the Tennessee State Tigers and ended up losing by a score of 74-67 in their last game of last season. Morehead State ended having earned a 33.3% FG percentage (19 out of 57) and buried 4 out of their 27 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Eagles converted 25 of 38 attempts for a percentage of 65.8%. In regard to hauling in boards, they earned 37 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 10 dimes in this matchup while having 8 steals and 3 blocked shots. In terms of defense, Morehead State let their opponent shoot 33.3% from the floor by going 19 of 57. Tennessee State dished out 9 assists and 9 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Tigers pulled down 34 boards (9 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Tennessee State went 90.9% at the charity stripe by making 20 of their 22 attempts. They converted 6 of 20 tries from distance. James Baker is a guy who was a contributor in this game. He accounted for 9 points on 4 of 9 shooting. He played for 41 mins and also pulled down 2 boards. Baker finished 44.4% from the floor and also dished out 2 dimes. One more player that played a role in this contest for the Eagles was Tyzhaun Claude. He snagged 9 rebounds and also had 3 dimes. He ended up going 66.7% from the field for the matchup by connecting on 2-of-3 (11 points). Overall, Claude played 32 min.
Morehead State steps onto the court after finishing with a mark of 13-19 last season. They averaged 69.0 points per contest (239th in D-1) while connecting on 43.4% from the field. The Eagles shot 28.8% on 3-pointers (184 of 639) and 63.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit Morehead State pulled down 37.1 rebounds per contest and earned 430 dimes last season, which ranked 134th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. They coughed up possession 12.5 times per contest and as a squad committed 16.0 fouls on a nightly basis. When they were on the defensive end the Eagles forced 12.6 turnovers every game and they drew 16.7 personal fouls. They were ranked 160th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 387 surrendered throughout last season. The Eagles defense allowed a shooting percentage of 42.7% (818 of 1,914) and they conceded 36.4 boards per contest as a basketball team. They relinquished 32.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they ranked 195th in the country in PPG allowed (70.0).
The last time they took the court, the Kentucky Wildcats took home the win by a final score of 71-70 against the Florida Gators. The Wildcats were able to pull down 14 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive boards for a total of 27 in the matchup. They also rejected 3 shots while getting 4 steals in the game. The Gators had 13 personal fouls for the contest which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 11 tries. They were able to knock down 9 of them for a percentage of 81.8%. When talking about 3-point shots, Kentucky made 8 out of 13 attempts (61.5%). At the conclusion of this game, the Wildcats ended up going 27 out of 57 from the field which had them sitting at 47.4%. The Wildcats allowed the Gators to bury 25 out of their 48 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 52.1% in the game. They shot 50.0% from distance by connecting on 7 of 14 and ended up shooting 13 of 17 at the free throw line (76.5%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Kentucky permitted Florida to snag 20 in total (5 offensive). Tyrese Maxey ended up being a major contributor for the Wildcats for this game. He converted 1 out of 11 for this game giving him a rate of 9.1%, which had him finishing with 7 points. Maxey collected 5 boards in his 39 mins played and added 7 dimes for this game. One more player who came through for Kentucky was Nick Richards. He was able to score 19 points in his 30 minutes played by going 8 of 18 from the floor for the matchup. Richards ended up shooting 44.4% from the floor and also earning 2 assists and 7 total rebounds.
Kentucky had a mark of 25-6 last year. The Wildcats committed 18.3 fouls every game while shooting 79.7% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists was at 13.4 times per contest (151st in the country) and they turned it over 12.5 times per game. Kentucky tallied 2,307 pts last season (74.4 per game) and they grabbed 36.6 boards per contest. When it comes to offense the Wildcats connected on 46.1% from the field, which ranked 51st in D-1. The Wildcats defensively were ranked 81st in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 66.1. The Kentucky defense from outside the perimeter gave up 30.7% on 3-point attempts (214 of 697) and their opposition knocked down 68.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They forced 12.0 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 39.4% from the field (20th in college hoops). They relinquished 10.8 assists and 32.5 total rebounds per game, which was ranked 48th and 61st in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kentucky (-24)
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