Omaha Mavericks vs Colorado Buffaloes Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Omaha Mavericks vs Colorado Buffaloes
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: CU Events Center in Boulder, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Omaha (+23.5)
The Omaha Mavericks (2-5) travel to CU Events Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Colorado Buffaloes (3-1). Colorado opens this game as 23.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 138.
Omaha will take the court with a win-loss mark of 2-5 on the campaign. They are losing possession via turnover 16.7 times per game and as a unit are committing 18.9 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Omaha is snagging 35.1 rebounds per game and has accounted for 58 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 190th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Mavericks are shooting 26.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (30 of 113) and 69.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 61.7 pts per game (294th in the nation) while shooting 38.1% from the field. Defensively, the Mavericks have forced 13.7 turnovers per game and they draw 18.0 fouls. The Mavericks defense is giving up a FG percentage of 45.8% (194 of 424) and they surrender 38.4 boards per game as a unit. They currently rank 312th in D-1 in allowing assists with 107 surrendered this season. They surrender 40.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 264th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (77.1).
The Omaha Mavericks faced off with the Kansas Jayhawks and took a loss by a score of 95-50 in their last contest. Omaha finished the contest having earned a 27.4% FG percentage (17 of 62) and converted 4 of 20 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Mavericks knocked down 12 of their 15 shots for a rate of 80.0%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 29 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 4 assists for the matchup while getting 5 steals and 2 blocks. In relation to defending, Omaha let their opponent shoot 27.4% from the field on 17 of 62. Kansas recorded 18 dimes and 8 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Jayhawks totaled 52 boards (20 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Kansas ended up going 83.3% at the charity stripe by burying 15 of 18 attempts. They knocked down 12 of 31 shots from 3-point range.
Wanjang Tut is one player who had an impact in the matchup. He scored 14 points on 6 of 10 shooting. He played for 28 minutes and also snagged 5 boards. Tut shot 60.0% from the floor and also earned 2 assists. One more player that came through in this contest for the Mavericks was Ayo Akinwole. He pulled down 2 rebounds and totaled 2 assists. He finished the game at 25.0% from the field for the game by connecting on 2-of-8 (6 points). When the game finished, Akinwole saw the court for 28 minutes.
Colorado has a win-loss mark of 3-1 so far this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Buffaloes are connecting on 44.4% from the field, which ranks them 199th in college basketball. Colorado has accounted for 288 pts on the campaign (72.0 per game) and they average 38.0 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 14.8 times per game (119th in college hoops) and they are turning it over 14.0 times per contest. The Buffaloes are responsible for committing 16.3 fouls per game and they go 84.1% from the charity stripe. The Buffaloes on the defensive end are ranked 10th in the nation in PPG given up with 55.0. They give up 10.3 assists and 31.3 rebounds on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 54th and 61st in those categories on the defensive end. The Colorado defense gives up 31.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (26 of 83) and their opponents are knocking down 72.1% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 16.5 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 35.4% from the field (17th in the country).
When they last played, the Colorado Buffaloes walked away with a victory by a final of 81-45 when they faced the Northern Colorado Bears. The Buffaloes were able to snag 28 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 35 in this matchup. They also turned away 8 attempts while recording 10 steals for this game. The Bears were called for 18 personal fouls in this contest which got the Buffaloes to the charity stripe for a total of 15 shots. They were able to convert 11 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 73.3%. When discussing shots from 3-point land, Colorado buried 6 of their 13 tries (46.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Buffaloes ended up shooting 32 for 60 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 53.3%. The Buffaloes allowed the Bears to convert 15 of 52 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 28.8% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from distance via 6 of 18 and finished the game at 9 of 12 from the free throw line (75.0%). In reference to rebounding, Colorado allowed Northern Colorado to grab 26 in total (7 on the offensive side).
McKinley Wright ended up being a major contributor for the Buffaloes for the contest. He converted 8 out of 10 for this contest for a field goal rate of 80.0%, which gave him 19 points. Wright pulled down 5 rebounds in his 27 minutes and accounted for 7 dimes in this matchup. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Colorado was Evan Battey. He was able to score 14 points in 21 minutes on the court by going 5 of 7 shooting in this game. Battey ended the game having shot 71.4% from the floor while also earning 2 assists and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Colorado (-23.5)
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