Pacific Tigers vs Cal State Northridge Matadors Prediction, 12/22/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pacific Tigers vs Cal State Northridge Matadors
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Location: Matadome in Northridge, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Pacific (-4.5)
The Pacific Tigers (2-1) head to Matadome on Tuesday where they'll meet the Cal State Northridge Matadors (3-3). The odds on this contest have Pacific as 4.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 139.5.
Pacific comes into this one with a record of 2-1 on the campaign. They turn it over 8.7 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.7 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Pacific is pulling down 36.0 boards per game and has racked up 34 dimes on the season, which ranks 304th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Tigers are connecting on 26.3% on three-point attempts (15 of 57) and 59.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 66.0 pts per game (275th in college basketball) while going 36.8% from the floor. On defense, the Tigers have forced 14.0 turnovers per game and they draw 21.0 personal fouls. The Tigers are giving up a FG percentage of 44.4% (72 of 162) and they relinquish 33.0 boards per game as a team. They rank 21st in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 32 surrendered for the year. They concede 36.8% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 116th in Division 1 in PPG from their opponents (66.7).
The Pacific Tigers faced off with the Montana State Bobcats and took home the win by a score of 74-70 in their last game. Pacific wrapped up the game having earned a 34.3% FG percentage (24 of 70) and converted 4 out of their 17 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Tigers converted 22 of their 30 attempts for a rate of 73.3%. In reference to rebounding, they collected a total of 39 with 15 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 8 assists in the matchup in addition to getting 9 steals and 2 blocks. When discussing the defense, Pacific allowed the other team to shoot 34.3% from the floor on 24 out of 70. Montana State distributed 8 assists and 3 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Bobcats collected 28 boards (4 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Montana State finished the contest at 50.0% when shooting free throws by converting 7 of their 14 attempts. They also converted 9 out of their 25 attempts from beyond the arc.
Broc Finstuen is one player who saw a lot of court time for the matchup. He notched 19 points on 6 out of 12 shooting. He played for 38 mins played and also totaled 9 rebounds. Finstuen went 50.0% from the field and also earned 2 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in the matchup for the Tigers was Daniss Jenkins. He snagged 5 rebounds and earned 2 dimes. He went 25.0% from the field for the contest by connecting on 4-of-16 (17 points). When this game wrapped up, Jenkins was on the court for 38 min.
Cal State Northridge has a mark of 3-3 this year. As an offensive unit, the Matadors are connecting on 42.7% from the floor, which is 252nd in the nation. Cal State Northridge has accounted for 450 points on the campaign (75.0 per game) and they pull in 34.5 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 14.3 times per contest (134th in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.5 times per game. The Matadors commit 20.3 personal fouls every game and they go 71.8% from the charity stripe. The Matadors defensively are ranked 280th in college hoops in PPG given up with 77.2. The Cal State Northridge defense allows 34.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (47 of 135) and their opponents are making 73.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 14.7 assists and 35.7 total boards per game, which is ranked 259th and 185th in D-1. They are able to force 14.5 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.7% from the field (303rd in college basketball).
For their last game, the Cal State Northridge Matadors took a loss by a final score of 87-56 when they played the California Golden Bears. The Matadors earned 18 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 22 in this game. They also stuffed 2 tries while recording 4 steals for this contest. The Golden Bears committed 21 personal fouls for this contest which got the Matadors to the charity stripe for a total of 23 shots. They were able to bury 15 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 65.2%. With regard to shots from 3-point land, Cal State Northridge buried 7 out of their 17 attempts (41.2%). When all was said and done, the Matadors walked away from this one shooting 17 for 49 from the floor which had them shooting 34.7%. The Matadors permitted the Golden Bears to knock down 31 of their 51 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 60.8% for the contest. They shot 52.9% from three-point range by going 9 of 17 and ended up shooting 16 out of 22 from the free throw line (72.7%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Cal State Northridge allowed California to pull down 31 in total (3 offensive).
TJ Starks ended up being a major contributor for the Matadors in this matchup. He buried 3 of 7 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 42.9%, which got him 13 points. Starks grabbed 2 rebounds in his 27 minutes played and tallied 3 dimes in the game. One more player that ended up playing a role for Cal State Northridge was Lance Coleman. He scored 8 points in his 27 minutes on the court via 3 out of 10 from the floor for this contest. Coleman ended the game having shot 30.0% from the floor as well as totaling 2 assists and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Pacific (-4.5)
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