Oakland Golden Grizzlies vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Golden Grizzlies vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (+22)
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies (14-19 last season) travel to Cintas Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Xavier Musketeers (19-13 last year). Oakland opens this game as 22-point dogs. The total opens at 145.5.
The Oakland Golden Grizzlies faced off with the Green Bay Phoenix and went home with a loss by a final score of 78-63 in their last game of the season. Oakland wrapped up the contest with a 36.8% FG percentage (21 out of 57) and converted 5 of their 29 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Golden Grizzlies buried 16 of their 19 attempts for a rate of 84.2%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned 32 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 11 assists for the game in addition to having 5 steals and 2 rejections. In terms of defense, Oakland allowed 36.8% from the field by shooting 21 out of 57. Green Bay doled out 12 assists and 5 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Phoenix snagged 34 boards (10 offensive, 24 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Green Bay finished the contest at 81.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 17 of their 21 shots. They converted 3 out of their 12 shots from three-point range. Rashad Williams is someone who had an impact in the game. He walked away with 15 points on 3 out of 14 shooting. He played for 38 mins played and also grabbed 9 rebounds. Williams finished the game shooting 21.4% from the floor and also recorded 3 dimes. Another guy that saw a lot of action in the matchup for the Golden Grizzlies was Kevin Kangu. He collected 4 boards and earned 6 dimes. He ended up going 40.0% from the field for this game by shooting 4-of-10 (11 points). At the conclusion of this game, Kangu played for 36 min.
Oakland will enter this matchup after finishing with a win-loss record of 14-19 last year. They averaged 67.8 pts per game (274th in Division 1) while hitting 42.8% from the field. The Golden Grizzlies shot 29.6% on three-point shots (204 of 690) and 68.9% from the charity stripe. As a group Oakland pulled in 36.2 boards per game and racked up 448 dimes last year, which was 87th in college basketball in terms of passing. They lost possession via turnover 13.7 times per contest and as a basketball team committed 15.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end the Golden Grizzlies forced their opponents into 12.2 turnovers per game while drawing 19.7 fouls. The Golden Grizzlies allowed a FG percentage of 42.2% (838 of 1,984) and they relinquished 36.2 rebounds per game as a team. They were ranked 328th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 482 relinquished last season. They relinquished 32.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they were 189th in the nation in points per game allowed (69.7).
When they last played, the Xavier Musketeers walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 71-67 when the played the DePaul Blue Demons. The Musketeers were able to snag 21 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards totaling 26 for the matchup. They also stuffed 1 attempt while recording 10 steals for this game. The Blue Demons committed 14 fouls for this contest which took the Musketeers to the charity stripe for a total of 14 attempts. They were able to bury 10 of those for a percentage of 71.4%. Concerning 3-point attempts, Xavier buried 3 out of 17 attempts (17.6%). When this game wrapped up, the Musketeers walked away from this one shooting 27 out of 60 from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.0%. The Musketeers allowed the Blue Demons to bury 25 out of their 55 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 45.5% in the game. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 6 out of 18 and finished the contest at 15 of 18 at the free throw line (83.3%). Regarding how they rebounded, Xavier permitted DePaul to grab 35 in all (9 on the offensive glass). Naji Marshall pitched in for the Musketeers for this game. He converted 6 of 16 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 37.5%, which had him finishing with 15 . Marshall totaled 8 boards in his 40 mins played and totaled 8 assists in this matchup. An additional guy that was important for Xavier was Jason Carter. He was able to score 2 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood via 1 of 5 shooting for this contest. Carter wrapped this one up going 20.0% from the field while totaling 2 assists and 5 rebounds.
Xavier had a mark of 19-13 last season. The Musketeers were responsible for committing 16.7 fouls per contest and they connected on 65.8% from the free throw line. They earned an assist 14.4 times per contest (76th in the nation) and they coughed up possession 13.9 times per contest. Xavier accumulated 2,261 points throughout last season (70.7 per contest) and they collected 38.8 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense the Musketeers shot 43.6% from the floor, which was ranked 186th in college basketball. The Musketeers on defense were ranked 126th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 67.6. They forced 13.1 TO's per game and let teams shoot 40.8% from the field (62nd in the country). The Xavier defense from outside the perimeter gave up 30.5% on 3-point attempts (210 of 689) and their opposition knocked down 72.7% of their free throw attempts. They conceded 12.0 assists and 35.2 boards on a nightly basis, which ranked them 131st and 195th in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Xavier (-22)
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