Omaha Mavericks vs Drake Bulldogs Prediction, 12/3/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Omaha Mavericks vs Drake Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Location: The Knapp Center in Des Moines, IA
Odds/Point Spread: Omaha (+9)
The Omaha Mavericks (1-3) are headed to The Knapp Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Drake Bulldogs (2-0). Drake opens this matchup as 9-point favorites. The over/under is set at 143.
Omaha will take the court with a record of 1-3 so far this year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 17.5 times per game and as a group they are committing 19.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Omaha is grabbing 34.8 boards per game and has totaled 34 assists on the year, which has them ranked 115th in college hoops in terms of passing. The Mavericks are hitting 24.1% on shots from downtown (14 of 58) and 67.2% from the charity stripe. They average 62.8 points per outing (226th in the nation) while connecting on 40.4% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Mavericks are forcing 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.3 personal fouls. They rank 266th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 65 surrendered so far this year. The Mavericks defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 44.6% (104 of 233) and they surrender 36.3 boards per contest as a squad. They surrender 41.7% on 3-point attempts while they are 178th in D-1 in PPG allowed (73.8).
The Omaha Mavericks played the Creighton Bluejays and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 94-67 in their last contest. Omaha walked away from the contest having earned a 35.6% FG percentage (26 of 73) and knocked down 8 of their 25 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Mavericks buried 7 of their 12 shots for a percentage of 58.3%. In the matter of rebounding, they collected a total of 24 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 10 dimes in the game while having 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. When discussing the defense, Omaha allowed the other team to shoot 35.6% from the floor on 26 out of 73. Creighton distributed 28 assists and 3 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Bluejays had 42 boards (6 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Creighton ended up shooting 83.3% from the free throw line by making 15 of their 18 attempts. They also buried 11 of 22 tries from 3-point land.
Ayo Akinwole is a player who saw a lot of action in this contest. He accumulated 8 points on 3 of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 30 mins and totaled 2 rebounds. Akinwole walked away from this one shooting 23.1% from the field and distributed 2 assists. One more player that played a role in this matchup for the Mavericks was Zach Thornhill. He had 2 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor for the matchup by going 4-of-8 (9 points). Overall, Thornhill was on the court for 27 minutes.
Drake has a win-loss mark of 2-0 so far this season. The Bulldogs have committed 16.5 fouls per game and they connect on 74.2% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 17.0 times per contest (61st in Division 1) and they cough up possession 9.0 times per contest. Drake has totaled 149 pts so far this year (74.5 per contest) and they grab 37.0 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offense, the Bulldogs are hitting on 45.9% from the field, which ranks 186th in college hoops. The Bulldogs are ranked 59th in college hoops in points given up per game with 61.5. They have given up 10.0 assists and 34.5 rebounds per contest, which ranks 58th and 116th in those categories. The Drake defense concedes 27.8% on 3-pointers (10 of 36) and their opponents are converting on 65.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 13.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 41.1% from the field (118th in D-1).
The last time they took the court, the Drake Bulldogs took home the win by a final score of 69-53 against the South Dakota Coyotes. The Bulldogs snagged 26 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 35 for the contest. They stuffed 3 tries while recording 8 steals in this matchup. The Coyotes committed 13 fouls for the matchup which got the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for 13 tries. They were able to bury 8 of them for a rate of 61.5%. In regard to shots from 3-point land, Drake knocked down 7 of 17 attempts (41.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Bulldogs ended up going 27 for 62 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.5%. The Bulldogs permitted the Coyotes to bury 19 of 51 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 37.3% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 14.3% from beyond the perimeter via 2 out of 14 and finished the game at 13 of 18 at the free throw line (72.2%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Drake permitted South Dakota to grab 30 in total (7 on the offensive side).
ShanQuan Hemphill saw the court a lot for the Bulldogs for the contest. He buried 5 out of 13 for the game for a field goal percentage of 38.5%, which gave him 13 points. Hemphill had 4 rebounds in his 24 minutes played and accumulated 3 dimes in the matchup. Someone else that ended up being a major factor for Drake was Tremell Murphy. He scored 4 points in 23 minutes played via 2 out of 7 shooting in this contest. Murphy wrapped this one up going 28.6% from the field while also earning 4 assists and 6 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Drake (-9)
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