Niagara Purple Eagles vs Syracuse Orange Prediction, 12/3/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Niagara Purple Eagles vs Syracuse Orange
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Location: Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY
TV: ACC Network
Odds/Point Spread: Niagara (+20)
The Syracuse Orange (1-0) play the Niagara Purple Eagles (0-0) at Carrier Dome on Thursday. Niagara opens this game as 20-point dogs. The total has been set at 145.
Niagara steps onto the court after finishing with a record of 12-20 last season. The Purple Eagles shot 37.2% on shots from 3-point land (243 of 653) and 75.2% from the free throw line. They had an average of 65.7 pts per game (207th in the nation) while connecting on 42.9% from the floor. They gave up possession 10.6 times per game and as a basketball team committed 15.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Niagara pulled down 27.6 boards per game and accumulated 381 dimes last season, which ranked 2nd in D-1 in terms of passing. When they were on the defensive end, the Purple Eagles forced 13.9 turnovers every game while drawing 15.3 personal fouls. The Purple Eagles defense allowed an opponent FG percentage of 45.5% (842 of 1,851) and they relinquished 39.6 rebounds per contest as a group. They were ranked 272nd in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 523 relinquished last year. They gave up 35.6% from 3-point land while they were 165th in college hoops in PPG allowed (72.4).
The Niagara Purple Eagles faced the Marist Red Foxes and notched a win by a score of 56-54 in their last contest last season. Niagara walked away from the game with a 41.3% field goal percentage (19 out of 46) and made 7 of 19 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Purple Eagles converted 11 of their 14 shots for a rate of 78.6%. Concerning hauling in boards, they earned 22 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 11 assists for this contest while earning 5 steals and 2 blocked shots. In regard to defending, Niagara allowed 41.3% from the field on 19 of 46. Marist earned 14 assists and 6 steals in the matchup. Additionally, the Red Foxes grabbed 29 boards (4 offensive, 25 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Marist finished the contest at 66.7% at the charity stripe by converting 14 of their 21 tries. They made 4 out of their 22 shots from three-point range.
Marcus Hammond is one player who played a role for the game. He was able to score 20 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He played 35 mins played and also pulled down 4 boards. Hammond shot 50.0% from the field and also earned 3 assists. Another guy that saw the court a lot in this game for the Purple Eagles was Shandon Brown. He grabbed 7 boards and also accumulated 4 assists. He finished the game shooting 66.7% from the field in the matchup by connecting on 2-of-3 (4 points). When the game finished, Brown played for 29 minutes.
Syracuse has a win-loss record of 1-0 so far this year. As an offense, the Orange are shooting 40.0% from the field, which ranks 290th in D-1. Syracuse has totaled 85 points for the campaign and they pull in 47 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 21 times per game (20th in the country) and they are turning it over 14 times per contest. The Orange commit 14 personal fouls every game and they go 71.4% from the charity stripe. The Orange on the defensive side of the court are 238th in Division 1 in PPG given up with 84. The Syracuse defense gives up 35.1% on 3-point shots (13 of 37) and opponents are knocking down 75.0% of their free throw attempts. They concede 19 assists and 44 rebounds per game, which is ranked 253rd and 248th in college hoops. They are forcing 21 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.7% from the floor (159th in D-1).
For their last game, the Syracuse Orange got the victory with a final of 85-84 when they played the Bryant Bulldogs. The Orange corralled 30 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 43 for the matchup. They turned away 2 attempts while earning 12 steals in this matchup. The Bulldogs earned 17 personal fouls for this contest which got the Orange to the free throw line for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to make 15 of those for a clip of 71.4%. In relation to shooting from beyond the arc, Syracuse knocked down 10 of their 35 tries (28.6%). When all was said and done, the Orange went 30 out of 75 from the field which had them shooting 40.0%. The Orange allowed the Bulldogs to make 31 of 71 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 43.7% for this game. They finished shooting 35.1% from beyond the arc by hitting 13 of 37 and ended up going 9 out of 12 from the free throw line (75.0%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Syracuse allowed Bryant to snag 39 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Buddy Boeheim ended up being a factor for the Orange for this game. He converted 8 out of 17 for this game giving him a rate of 47.1%, which had him sitting at 23 points. Boeheim grabbed 3 rebounds in his 37 minutes and tallied 4 assists for the game. An additional guy that ended up coming through for Syracuse was Marek Dolezaj. He ended up finishing with 20 points in 37 minutes on the court by going 6 of 12 from the floor in this matchup. Dolezaj ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while earning 9 assists and 6 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Syracuse (-20) and over 145 points
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