Richmond Spiders vs Vanderbilt Commodores Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Richmond Spiders vs Vanderbilt Commodores
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Richmond (-5.5)
Memorial Gymnasium is the venue where and the Vanderbilt Commodores (2-0) will play the Richmond Spiders (4-1) on Wednesday. Vanderbilt opens this contest as 5.5-point underdogs. The total is set at 146.
Richmond comes into this game with a mark of 4-1 for the year. They turn it over 12.0 times per game and as a unit are committing 15.8 personal fouls every game. As a team, Richmond is snagging 34.2 rebounds per game and has racked up 75 assists this year, which is 111th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Spiders are connecting on 31.6% on three-point shots (36 of 114) and 66.7% from the charity stripe. They average 76.8 pts per contest (120th in the nation) while connecting on 47.4% from the field. On the defensive end, the Spiders are forcing their opponents into 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.4 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 184th in Division 1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 62 relinquished on the campaign. The Spiders defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 45.2% (137 of 303) and they concede 38.4 boards per contest as a squad. They are conceding 29.0% on 3-point shots while they are 191st in college hoops in opponents PPG (71.0).
The Richmond Spiders faced the West Virginia Mountaineers and took a loss by a score of 87-71 in their last game. Richmond wrapped up the game having earned a 40.4% FG percentage (23 of 57) and buried 6 of their 26 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Spiders made 19 of 29 attempts for a percentage of 65.5%. In reference to rebounding, they compiled 32 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 13 dimes in this matchup while earning 10 steals and 2 rejections. In reference to defense, Richmond allowed the other team to go 40.4% from the field on 23 out of 57. West Virginia distributed 22 assists and 10 steals for this game. Additionally, the Mountaineers collected 34 boards (5 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. West Virginia ended up shooting 53.8% at the free throw line by converting 7 of their 13 shots. They also buried 8 out of their 14 tries from 3-point land.
Blake Francis is someone who saw a lot of action for the game. He notched 12 points on 5 of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 33 minutes played and also pulled down 2 rebounds. Francis finished the game shooting 29.4% from the floor and dished out 2 assists. Another guy that came through in this game for the Spiders was Tyler Burton. He grabbed 10 rebounds and had 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 33.3% from the field in this contest by going 5-of-15 (14 points). When all was said and done, Burton was on the hardwood for 34 minutes.
Vanderbilt has a record of 2-0 on the season. Vanderbilt has totaled 161 pts on the year (80.5 per contest) and they collect 50.0 rebounds per contest. The Commodores are committing 9.5 fouls every game and they go 86.0% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Commodores are hitting on 43.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 239th in college hoops. They are dishing out assists 17.0 times per game (56th in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.0 times per game. The Commodores defensively are ranked 17th in the country in points given up per game with 56.0. The Vanderbilt defense allows 31.7% on three-point shots (20 of 63) and their opponents are making 60.0% of their foul shots. They surrender 13.5 dimes and 30.0 rebounds per game, which is 200th and 34th in those categories on the defensive end. They are able to force 14.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 34.1% from the floor (11th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Vanderbilt Commodores got the victory with a final of 84-41 when they faced the MVSU Delta Devils. The Commodores pulled down 38 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 50 for the contest. They rejected 2 shots while recording 7 steals for the game. The Delta Devils committed 14 personal fouls for this contest which took the Commodores to the charity stripe for 16 attempts. They were able to bury 14 of those for a percentage of 87.5%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Vanderbilt buried 10 out of their 37 attempts (27.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Commodores finished shooting 30 for 66 from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.5%. The Commodores permitted the Delta Devils to knock down 15 out of their 60 tries from the floor which left them shooting 25.0% for this game. They finished the game shooting 32.1% from distance by shooting 9 of 28 and ended up going 2 of 2 from the free throw line (100.0%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Vanderbilt permitted MVSU to get 24 in all (6 offensive).
Scotty Pippen was pivotal for the Commodores for the matchup. He made 4 of 7 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 57.1%, which gave him 11 points. Pippen totaled 2 rebounds in his 26 mins played and totaled 6 dimes in this game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Vanderbilt was Tyrin Lawrence. He notched 14 points in his 25 minutes on the court via 6 of 8 shooting for the game. Lawrence finished going 75.0% from the floor while earning 4 assists and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Vanderbilt (+5.5)
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