Northwestern State Demons vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane Prediction, 12/18/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Northwestern State Demons vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Center in Tulsa, OK
Odds/Point Spread: Northwestern State (+14.5)
The Northwestern State Demons (1-5) travel to Donald W. Reynolds Center on Friday where they'll take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (1-3). The line on this game has Tulsa as 14.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 144.
Northwestern State enters this game with a record of 1-5 this year. They turn it over 13.7 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 19.8 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Northwestern State is snagging 41.3 boards per contest and has accumulated 83 dimes this year, which ranks 104th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Demons are shooting 35.0% from downtown (50 of 143) and 65.3% from the charity stripe. They average 72.3 pts per game (197th in the country) while going 39.3% from the field. On the defensive end of the court, the Demons are forcing 11.7 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 14.5 personal fouls. The Demons defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 44.5% (171 of 384) and they relinquish 43.8 rebounds per contest as a team. They are 265th in college basketball in allowing assists with 89 surrendered so far this year. They give up 32.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 294th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (80.3).
The Northwestern State Demons took the court against the Champion Christian College Tigers and went home with a win by a final score of 77-44 in their last contest. Northwestern State walked away from the contest with a 43.5% FG percentage (30 of 69) and knocked down 10 out of their 26 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Demons converted 7 of their 13 attempts for a rate of 53.8%. When talking about pulling down boards, they collected 52 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 21 assists for this game while having 8 steals and 2 blocked shots. Regarding the defense, Northwestern State allowed 43.5% from the floor on 30 of 69. Champion Christian dished out 7 dimes and 7 steals for this contest. Moreover, the Tigers collected 30 rebounds (8 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Champion Christian finished shooting 42.9% at the free throw line by making 6 of 14 attempts. They knocked down 6 out of their 29 tries from beyond the arc.
Jamaure Gregg is someone who saw a lot of minutes in this contest. He ended up walking away with 9 points on 4 out of 9 shooting. He played for 24 minutes and also pulled down 9 rebounds. Gregg finished the game shooting 44.4% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Demons was Larry Owens. He grabbed 9 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He ended up going 54.5% from the floor in this game by connecting on 6-of-11 (12 points). Overall, Owens saw the court for 21 minutes.
Tulsa has a record of 1-3 on the year. In terms of offensive execution, the Golden Hurricane are hitting on 45.8% from the field, which is 154th in college basketball. Tulsa has accumulated 267 points this year (66.8 per game) and they collect 34.8 boards per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.3 times per game (186th in Division 1) and they turn the ball over 14.8 times per game. The Golden Hurricane are responsible for committing 16.3 personal fouls every game and they go 56.1% from the charity stripe. The Golden Hurricane on the defensive side of the court are 143rd in college hoops in PPG given up with 68.0. They are able to force 15.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.0% from the floor (159th in college hoops). The Tulsa defense surrenders 39.2% from downtown (40 of 102) and opponents are connecting on 57.1% of their free throw attempts. They give up 12.8 dimes and 35.3 rebounds every game, which ranks them 167th and 164th in those categories on the defensive end.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 69-65 when they played the Wichita State Shockers. The Golden Hurricane earned 24 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 36 for the game. They also rejected 2 tries while getting 3 steals for the game. The Shockers committed 22 fouls for the matchup which got the Golden Hurricane to the free throw line for 21 attempts. They were able to make 11 of the free throw tries for a clip of 52.4%. With regard to 3-point shots, Tulsa converted 8 out of 31 attempts (25.8%). When the game finished, the Golden Hurricane went 23 out of 55 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.8%. The Golden Hurricane allowed the Shockers to convert 25 of 61 attempts from the field which left them shooting 41.0% in this game. They went 38.5% from downtown by going 10 out of 26 and finished the game at 9 out of 17 from the charity stripe (52.9%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Tulsa allowed Wichita State to snag 36 overall (10 on the offensive side).
Brandon Rachal played a lot for the Golden Hurricane in this game. He converted 6 out of 16 in the game for a rate of 37.5%, which gave him 17 points. Rachal totaled 11 rebounds in his 36 minutes and accounted for 2 assists for the matchup. Another guy that ended up coming through for Tulsa was Elijah Joiner. He walked away with 11 points in his 32 minutes on the court by going 4 out of 8 shooting for this game. Joiner ended up shooting 50.0% from the floor while totaling 5 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Tulsa (-14.5)
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