Omaha Mavericks vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Omaha Mavericks vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: First Community Arena in Edwardsville, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Omaha (-4)
The Omaha Mavericks (1-4) head to First Community Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the SIU Edwardsville Cougars (2-2). Omaha opens this game as 4-point favorites. The over/under is set at 144.5.
Omaha steps onto the hardwood with a record of 1-4 this season. They are turning it over 16.8 times per game and as a group are committing 18.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Omaha is grabbing 35 rebounds per game and has tallied 44 assists so far this year, which is 102nd in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Mavericks are shooting 26.0% on shots from 3-point land (20 of 77) and 67.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 63.4 pts per game (235th in college hoops) on 39.3% from the field. On the defensive end, the Mavericks are forcing 15.0 turnovers every game while drawing 17.6 personal fouls. They surrender 43.7% on three-point shots and they are 212th in the country in points per game allowed (76.4). The Mavericks are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.8% (139 of 297) and they concede 37.0 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 285th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 82 conceded for the year.
The Omaha Mavericks stepped onto the hardwood against the Drake Bulldogs and ended up losing by a score of 87-66 in their last contest. Omaha walked away from the game having earned a 34.5% field goal percentage (20 out of 58) and made 6 of 19 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Mavericks converted 20 of 29 attempts for a rate of 69.0%. In reference to rebounding, they compiled 33 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 10 assists for the matchup while having 10 steals and 3 blocks. In regard to defending, Omaha allowed the other team to go 34.5% from the floor on 20 of 58. Drake totaled 17 assists and 5 steals in the game. In addition, the Bulldogs pulled down 39 rebounds (8 offensive, 31 defensive) and got 3 blocked shots. Drake ended up shooting 69.2% from the charity stripe by making 9 of their 13 attempts. They made 8 of 15 attempts from distance.
Ayo Akinwole is a guy who saw a lot of court time in this game. He accounted for 14 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He played 26 minutes and also snagged 3 boards. Akinwole walked away from this one shooting 50.0% from the floor and totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Mavericks was Matt Pile. He collected 9 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He went 62.5% from the field in the game by shooting 5-of-8 (17 points). In all, Pile played for 28 minutes.
SIU Edwardsville has a record of 2-2 this year. As an offense, the Cougars are connecting on 48.8% from the field, which is ranked 133rd in the country. SIU Edwardsville has 286 pts so far this season (71.5 per game) and they snag 34.0 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 15.5 times per contest (90th in college basketball) and they turn it over 17.3 times per game. The Cougars are committing 18.8 fouls every game and they hit 66.2% from the free throw line. The Cougars on the defensive end are ranked 155th in college hoops in PPG given up with 70.3. They have allowed 14.0 assists and 33.5 rebounds per game, which ranks them 187th and 90th in those defensive categories. The SIU Edwardsville defense allows 34.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (32 of 94) and their opponents are knocking down 68.5% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 14.5 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.2% from the floor (110th in the nation).
The last time they took the court, the SIU Edwardsville Cougars got the victory with a final of 73-53 when they faced the Northern Illinois Huskies. The Cougars recorded 25 defensive boards and 3 offensive boards totaling 28 for this contest. They also blocked 6 tries while getting 10 steals for the game. The Huskies earned 17 fouls for this game which took the Cougars to the free throw line for 18 shots. They were able to make 13 of the free throws for a rate of 72.2%. When talking about shots from beyond the perimeter, SIU Edwardsville knocked down 8 of their 19 attempts (42.1%). When this game wrapped up, the Cougars went 26 for 51 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.0%. The Cougars permitted the Huskies to make 21 out of their 52 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.4% in the game. They went 14.3% from beyond the arc by connecting on 2 out of 14 and ended up shooting 9 of 17 from the free throw line (52.9%). In the matter of team rebounding, SIU Edwardsville allowed Northern Illinois to collect 29 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Mike Adewunmi ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Cougars in this game. He buried 5 of 9 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 55.6%, which gave him 15 points. Adewunmi snagged 12 boards in his 34 minutes and had 3 dimes in this game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for SIU Edwardsville was Sidney Wilson. He ended up scoring 22 points in his 29 minutes played by going 8 of 14 shooting in this contest. Wilson walked away from this one going 57.1% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 3 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take SIU Edwardsville (+4) and over 144.5 points
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