Northeastern Huskies vs West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction, 12/29/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northeastern Huskies vs West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Location: WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV
Odds/Point Spread: Northeastern (+17.5)
The Northeastern Huskies (1-4) travel to WVU Coliseum on Tuesday where they'll take on the West Virginia Mountaineers (7-2). The odds on this contest have West Virginia as 17.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 135.
Northeastern comes into this matchup with a win-loss record of 1-4 for the campaign. The Huskies are shooting 35.7% on shots from beyond the arc (40 of 112) and 75.9% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 66.6 pts per contest (273rd in Division 1) while hitting 42.3% from the field. They are turning it over 16.4 times per contest and as a team they commit 18.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Northeastern is pulling down 33.0 boards per contest and has 66 dimes on the campaign, which is 268th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Huskies are forcing 12.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 15.8 fouls. The Huskies defense is giving up a FG percentage of 45.2% (135 of 299) and they concede 35.4 rebounds per game as a team. They currently rank 68th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 64 surrendered this season. They surrender 32.6% on three-point shots and they are 258th in the country in points per game from their opponents (74.6).
The Northeastern Huskies stepped onto the hardwood against the Georgia Bulldogs and took a loss by a score of 76-58 in their last contest. Northeastern finished the game having earned a 37.3% field goal percentage (22 out of 59) and converted 12 of their 26 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Huskies converted 2 of their 4 tries for a rate of 50.0%. Concerning grabbing boards, they earned 26 with 11 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 10 dimes in this matchup while having 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. When it comes to defense, Northeastern let their opponent shoot 37.3% from the field on 22 of 59 shooting. Georgia totaled 14 dimes and had 11 steals for this contest. On top of that, the Bulldogs grabbed 36 rebounds (11 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Georgia finished shooting 64.7% at the free throw line by making 11 of 17 attempts. They buried 5 out of their 13 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Tyson Walker is a player who was a contributor for the matchup. He scored 19 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 mins played and also snagged 2 boards. Walker ended up going 44.4% from the field and distributed 6 dimes. Another guy that was a contributor in this matchup for the Huskies was Jahmyl Telfort. He totaled 3 rebounds and also accounted for 2 assists. He finished the contest at 62.5% from the field for the matchup by shooting 5-of-8 (15 points). When all was said and done, Telfort played 26 minutes.
West Virginia has a win-loss mark of 7-2 on the campaign. On the offensive side of the ball, the Mountaineers are connecting on 41.9% from the floor, which is 274th in college basketball. West Virginia has accumulated 673 pts this year (74.8 per contest) and they pull down 40.4 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 13.7 times per game (172nd in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 11.8 times per contest. The Mountaineers commit 15.7 fouls per contest while shooting 70.7% from the charity stripe. The Mountaineers on defense are ranked 164th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 69.3. They are forcing 14.2 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.4% from the field (182nd in college basketball). The West Virginia defense gives up 30.1% on three-point shots (62 of 206) and opponents are making 67.6% of their free throw attempts. They allow 13.7 dimes and 35.2 rebounds per game, which is ranked 217th and 172nd in those categories.
The last time they took the hardwood, the West Virginia Mountaineers went home defeated by a final of 79-65 when they faced the Kansas Jayhawks. The Mountaineers were able to corral 18 defensive boards and 18 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 in the matchup. They also turned away 2 shots while recording 4 steals for the matchup. The Jayhawks were called for 17 fouls in this matchup which got the Mountaineers to the charity stripe for 10 shots. They were able to knock down 5 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 50.0%. When discussing shots from beyond the arc, West Virginia converted 8 out of their 23 attempts (34.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Mountaineers finished the game shooting 26 for 63 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.3%. The Mountaineers permitted the Jayhawks to bury 28 of 63 tries from the floor which left them shooting 44.4% for this game. They shot 43.2% from 3-point land by shooting 16 of 37 and walked away from this one shooting 7 out of 10 from the free throw line (70.0%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, West Virginia permitted Kansas to collect 37 in total (17 offensive).
Sean McNeil ended up having an impact for the Mountaineers for this game. He converted 8 out of 12 for the matchup giving him a rate of 66.7%, which got him 24 points. McNeil collected 2 rebounds in his 35 minutes and had 2 assists for this game. An additional guy that was pivotal for West Virginia was Miles McBride. He left the arena with 19 points in his 31 minutes on the hardwood by way of 8 of 16 from the floor in this contest. McBride walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor while also contributing 2 assists and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Northeastern (+17.5)
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