North Florida Ospreys vs East Carolina Pirates Prediction, 12/10/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: North Florida Ospreys vs East Carolina Pirates
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Location: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, NC
Odds/Point Spread: North Florida (+13.5)
The East Carolina Pirates (4-0) play the North Florida Ospreys (0-6) at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum on Thursday. East Carolina opens this matchup as 13.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 145.
North Florida enters this matchup with a record of 0-6 so far this year. They have an average of 64.3 points per contest (256th in the nation) while connecting on 40.4% from the field. The Ospreys are shooting 36.8% on shots from downtown (63 of 171) and 71.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, North Florida is collecting 33.3 rebounds per game and has earned 86 assists this season, which is 19th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 18.8 times per game and as a group are committing 16.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Ospreys have forced 9.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 13.8 fouls. The Ospreys are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.0% (185 of 402) and they surrender 41.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They rank 303rd in college hoops in allowing assists with 104 relinquished for the year. They relinquish 30.6% from beyond the arc while they are 276th in the nation in points per game allowed (82.2).
The North Florida Ospreys took the court against the Florida Atlantic Owls and ended up losing by a score of 79-77 in their last game. North Florida ended with a 50.9% FG percentage (29 of 57) and made 15 out of their 33 shots from beyond the perimeter. When shot from the charity stripe, the Ospreys made 4 of their 6 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. With regard to hauling in rebounds, they compiled a total of 27 with 2 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 17 assists in this matchup as well as having 2 steals and 3 blocked shots. In the matter of defending, North Florida allowed the other team to go 50.9% from the floor on 29 out of 57. Florida Atlantic distributed 14 assists and 8 steals in this game. In addition, the Owls collected 35 boards (14 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Florida Atlantic finished the contest at 52.4% at the free throw line by converting 11 of 21 attempts. They also knocked down 6 out of their 13 shots from downtown.
Emmanuel Adedoyin is someone who was important for the matchup. He left the arena with 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting. He played for 36 minutes and grabbed 2 rebounds. Adedoyin finished 62.5% from the field and earned 8 assists. One more player that saw a lot of court time in this matchup for the Ospreys was Josh Endicott. He totaled 6 rebounds and also collected 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 57.1% from the floor for the matchup by connecting on 4-of-7 (10 points). Overall, Endicott saw the court for 33 minutes.
East Carolina has a win-loss record of 4-0 so far this season. In terms of offensive execution, the Pirates are connecting on 47.2% from the field, which ranks 132nd in the country. East Carolina has scored 308 points for the campaign (77.0 per game) and they pull down 35.0 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 18.3 times per game (37th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 11.8 times per contest. The Pirates have committed 15.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 76.7% from the charity stripe. The Pirates on the defensive end are ranked 51st in college hoops in PPG given up with 61.8. They have conceded 10.0 dimes and 31.8 rebounds per game, which is ranked 47th and 64th in the country. The East Carolina defense gives up 27.6% on 3-point attempts (21 of 76) and their opponents are making 73.2% of their foul shots. They are forcing 16.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.6% from the floor (135th in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the East Carolina Pirates got the win with a final of 88-78 against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks. The Pirates were able to corral 26 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 36 in this matchup. They also rejected 7 shots while recording 8 steals in the matchup. The Seahawks committed 16 fouls for this game which got the Pirates to the charity stripe for 14 attempts. They were able to convert 12 of the free throws for a clip of 85.7%. Concerning three-point attempts, East Carolina converted 14 out of their 24 attempts (58.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Pirates finished 31 out of 68 from the floor which had them shooting 45.6%. The Pirates permitted the Seahawks to make 25 of their 59 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.4% for the matchup. They went 31.8% from 3-point land by connecting on 7 of 22 and ended up going 21 of 28 at the charity stripe (75.0%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, East Carolina permitted UNC Wilmington to snag 34 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Bitumba Baruti ended up being important for the Pirates for the game. He converted 7 of 13 for the game giving him a rate of 53.8%, which got him 17 points. Baruti collected 6 rebounds in his 39 mins and tallied 2 dimes for this contest. An additional guy that ended up being a major factor for East Carolina was Tristen Newton. He accumulated 10 points in his 34 minutes played by going 3 of 8 shooting in the matchup. Newton walked away from this one going 37.5% from the field while collecting 8 dimes and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take East Carolina (-13.5)
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