Northeastern Huskies vs Syracuse Orange Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northeastern Huskies vs Syracuse Orange
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Northeastern (+17.5)
The Northeastern Huskies (1-1) travel to Carrier Dome on Wednesday where they'll meet the Syracuse Orange (4-1). The spread on this game has Syracuse as 17.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 146.5.
Northeastern heads into this one with a win-loss record of 1-1 for the campaign. They average 78.5 pts per contest (100th in the nation) while hitting 48.5% from the floor. The Huskies are hitting 35.3% on shots from downtown (12 of 34) and 77.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Northeastern is collecting 34.0 boards per game and has 31 dimes on the season, which is 289th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 16.0 times per game and as a team they commit 22.0 fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Huskies are able to force 12.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 22.0 personal fouls. They are 24th in the country in giving up assists with 24 relinquished for the campaign. The Huskies are allowing a shooting percentage of 46.2% (60 of 130) and they relinquish 33.5 boards per game as a group. They are conceding 37.2% on 3-point shots and they are 303rd in college basketball in PPG allowed (84.5).
The Northeastern Huskies played the UMass Minutemen and earned the victory with a final of 78-75 in their last contest. Northeastern ended having earned a 44.4% FG percentage (24 of 54) and converted 7 of their 21 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Huskies buried 23 of their 30 attempts for a percentage of 76.7%. Concerning rebounding, they collected 33 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 19 assists for the game while having 7 steals and 2 blocks. In terms of defending, Northeastern allowed the other team to go 44.4% from the floor on 24 out of 54. UMass doled out 8 assists and 9 steals for this contest. On top of that, the Minutemen pulled down 33 rebounds (5 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 2 rejections. UMass finished shooting 76.2% when shooting free throws by knocking down 16 of their 21 tries. They made 7 of 20 attempts from distance.
Shaquille Walters is one player who was a factor for this game. He was able to score 12 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He played for 37 mins and also grabbed 9 rebounds. Walters went 55.6% from the floor and also dished out 3 dimes. Another guy that came through in this game for the Huskies was Jason Strong. He collected 5 boards and also tallied 2 dimes. He went 42.9% from the field for this contest by connecting on 6-of-14 (16 points). When this game wrapped up, Strong played 34 min.
Syracuse has a record of 4-1 for the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Orange are connecting on 47.4% from the floor, which is 109th in the country. Syracuse has scored 417 pts for the campaign (83.4 per contest) and they average 41.0 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 20.2 times per contest (16th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.2 times per game. The Orange are committing 14.0 fouls per game and they go 76.3% from the free throw line. The Orange on the defensive end are ranked 81st in college hoops in points given up per game with 64.6. They have given up 16.0 assists and 35.4 total boards per game, ranking them 276th and 159th in D-1. The Syracuse defense concedes 28.1% on shots from beyond the arc (43 of 153) and opponents are knocking down 70.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 17.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 36.9% from the field (34th in the country).
When they last stepped on the court, the Syracuse Orange got the win with a final of 101-63 when they faced the Boston College Eagles. The Orange corralled 30 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 38 in the game. They also stuffed 2 attempts while getting 9 steals in this game. The Eagles had 12 fouls for this contest which took the Orange to the free throw line for a total of 12 tries. They were able to convert 11 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 91.7%. Regarding shooting from downtown, Syracuse buried 16 of 31 attempts (51.6%). When the game finished, the Orange shot 37 for 63 from the floor which had them sitting at 58.7%. The Orange allowed the Eagles to knock down 23 out of their 65 attempts from the floor which had them at 35.4% in this contest. They went 25.8% from three-point range via 8 of 31 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 14 from the free throw line (64.3%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Syracuse permitted Boston College to pull down 25 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Quincy Guerrier was pivotal for the Orange for this game. He made 5 of 7 for the matchup giving him a rate of 71.4%, which earned him 14 points. Guerrier snagged 5 rebounds in his 30 minutes and accumulated 2 dimes for the game. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Syracuse was Alan Griffin. He left the arena with 22 points in his 29 minutes on the hardwood via 8 out of 13 shooting in this game. Griffin ended the game having shot 61.5% from the floor and also contributing 4 assists and 10 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Northeastern (+17.5)
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