Old Dominion Monarchs vs Norfolk State Spartans Prediction, 12/2/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Old Dominion Monarchs vs Norfolk State Spartans
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Location: Joseph G. Echols Hall in Norfolk, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Old Dominion (-5.5)
Joseph G. Echols Hall is the venue where and the Norfolk State Spartans (2-0) will play the Old Dominion Monarchs (1-1) on Wednesday. The line on this contest has Old Dominion as 5.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 132.5.
Old Dominion comes into this contest with a win-loss mark of 1-1 this season. They currently have an average of 76.5 points per game (114th in Division 1) while going 44.2% from the field. The Monarchs are shooting 26.5% on 3-pointers (13 of 49) and 72.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Old Dominion is grabbing 36.0 boards per contest and has earned 28 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 137th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 9.5 times per contest and as a group they are committing 18.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Monarchs are able to force 12.0 turnovers every game while drawing 19.0 fouls. They currently rank 263rd in the country in allowing assists with 31 surrendered this season. The Monarchs are giving up a shooting percentage of 49.1% (57 of 116) and they concede 36.0 boards per game as a unit. They are conceding 46.8% on shots from distance and they are ranked 312th in college basketball in points per game allowed (81.5).
The Old Dominion Monarchs took the court against the William & Mary Tribe and walked away with a win by a score of 86-78 in their last game. Old Dominion finished the contest with a 50.8% field goal percentage (32 of 63) and knocked down 7 of their 16 3-point attempts. When shot from the charity stripe, the Monarchs made 15 of 20 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they collected 32 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 20 assists for this contest in addition to getting 6 steals and 2 rejections. In regard to defense, Old Dominion allowed the other team to go 50.8% from the field on 32 of 63. William & Mary earned 18 assists and 4 steals in this game. Additionally, the Tribe pulled down 28 rebounds (4 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 2 blocks. William & Mary finished shooting 70.6% at the charity stripe by knocking down 12 of their 17 shots. They converted 12 out of their 24 tries from long range.
A.J. Oliver is a player who saw a lot of minutes for this game. He left the arena with 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 35 minutes played and also snagged 5 rebounds. Oliver ended up shooting 46.7% from the floor and recorded 2 assists. An additional guy that saw the court a lot in the game for the Monarchs was Malik Curry. He grabbed 4 boards and also accumulated 6 dimes. He finished the game at 60.0% from the floor in this matchup by going 9-of-15 (24 points). When the final whistle was blown, Curry saw the court for 33 minutes.
Norfolk State has a record of 2-0 this season. On the offensive side of the court, the Spartans are shooting 42.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 258th in the nation. Norfolk State has accounted for 140 points on the season (70.0 per contest) and they grab 35.0 boards per game. They are earning an assist 13.0 times per contest (149th in Division 1) and they are turning it over 11.0 times per contest. The Spartans commit 20.0 fouls every game and they hit 79.5% from the charity stripe. The Spartans on defense are ranked 165th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 63.5. The Norfolk State defense gives up 30.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (16 of 53) and opponents are making 72.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They give up 9.5 assists and 37.0 boards on a nightly basis, which is 143rd and 244th in those categories. They are forcing 13.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 34.6% from the field (29th in college basketball).
When they last played, the Norfolk State Spartans went home victorious with a score of 57-54 when they played the Radford Highlanders. The Spartans earned 24 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 30 for the contest. They turned away 4 shots while recording 4 steals for the game. The Highlanders earned 19 fouls in the game which got the Spartans to the free throw line for 13 tries. They were able to convert 10 of the free throws for a rate of 76.9%. In the matter of shots from 3-point land, Norfolk State made 9 of 18 attempts (50.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Spartans finished the game shooting 19 out of 53 from the floor which had them sitting at 35.8%. The Spartans allowed the Highlanders to convert 16 of 49 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 32.7% for the matchup. They finished 28.0% from three-point range by shooting 7 out of 25 and finished the game at 15 of 25 from the charity stripe (60.0%). When talking about team rebounding, Norfolk State permitted Radford to pull down 35 in all (6 offensive).
DeVante Carter was pivotal for the Spartans for the matchup. He knocked down 4 of 15 in the game for a field goal rate of 26.7%, which got him 10 points. Carter had 3 boards in his 35 mins played and accumulated 3 assists in this game. Someone else who saw a lot of action for Norfolk State was Tyrese Jenkins. He totaled 4 points in 18 minutes played via 1 of 3 from the floor in the matchup. Jenkins ended up shooting 33.3% from the field as well as totaling 3 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Old Dominion (-5.5)
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