Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Drexel Dragons Prediction, 12/17/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Drexel Dragons
Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Location: Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Saint Joseph's (+2.5)
The Drexel Dragons (3-2) play the Saint Joseph's Hawks (0-2) at Daskalakis Athletic Center on Thursday. Drexel opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 148.5.
Saint Joseph's comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 0-2 for the year. They currently have an average of 81.5 points per outing (65th in the country) while hitting 38.9% from the field. The Hawks are connecting on 32.5% on shots from 3-point land (25 of 77) and 68.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, Saint Joseph's is grabbing 36.0 boards per game and has accounted for 34 assists so far this season, which is 283rd in college hoops in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.0 times per contest and as a group they commit 26.5 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Hawks are forcing 17.0 turnovers every game while drawing 19.5 fouls. They are 48th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 33 surrendered on the year. The Hawks defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.2% (61 of 132) and they concede 53.5 boards per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 34.6% from beyond the arc and they rank 321st in college hoops in PPG allowed (95.0).
The Saint Joseph's Hawks stepped onto the hardwood against the Kansas Jayhawks and ended up losing by a score of 94-72 in their last contest. Saint Joseph's walked away from the game with a 34.7% FG percentage (26 of 75) and buried 13 out of their 37 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Hawks knocked down 7 of their 9 attempts for a rate of 77.8%. When discussing grabbing boards, they earned 33 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 14 assists in the matchup while earning 10 steals and 2 rejections. In reference to defense, Saint Joseph's allowed 34.7% from the field on 26 out of 75. Kansas dished out 17 dimes and 10 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Jayhawks snagged 47 rebounds (11 offensive, 36 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Kansas went 75.0% from the charity stripe by making 21 of their 28 attempts. They also made 9 out of their 20 attempts from 3-point land.
Ryan Daly is a player who saw a lot of minutes in the game. He totaled 14 points on 4 of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 24 minutes played and also pulled down 7 boards. Daly finished the game at 36.4% from the field and also distributed 3 dimes. Another guy that played big minutes in this game for the Hawks was Dahmir Bishop. He snagged 2 boards and also accumulated 2 dimes. He finished the game at 41.7% from the floor in this game by going 5-of-12 (14 points). When the final whistle blew, Bishop saw the court for 23 minutes.
Drexel has a record of 3-2 on the season. The Dragons are committing 15.4 fouls per contest and they connect on 72.8% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 14.6 times per contest (125th in college hoops) and they turn it over 12.8 times per contest. Drexel has accumulated 327 points for the season (65.4 per contest) and they average 35.6 rebounds per contest. When it comes to offensive execution, the Dragons are connecting on 42.1% from the field, which is ranked 267th in the country. The Dragons defensively are ranked 39th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 60.2. They relinquish 11.4 assists and 31.8 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 104th and 70th in the nation. The Drexel defense allows 24.7% on three-point shots (20 of 81) and their opponents are connecting on 70.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 14.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.4% from the floor (192nd in the nation).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Drexel Dragons took a loss by a final score of 58-48 when they played the La Salle Explorers. The Dragons were able to collect 22 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 30 for the matchup. They blocked 2 attempts while recording 7 steals in the matchup. The Explorers were called for 14 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Dragons to the charity stripe for a total of 13 shots. They were able to knock down 9 of them for a clip of 69.2%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Drexel knocked down 3 out of 20 tries (15.0%). When the final whistle was blown, the Dragons ended up shooting 18 for 54 from the floor which had them shooting 33.3%. The Dragons allowed the Explorers to bury 24 of their 52 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.2% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 50.0% from 3-point land via 5 out of 10 and ended up shooting 5 out of 6 from the free throw line (83.3%). In the matter of rebounding, Drexel permitted La Salle to grab 31 overall (7 offensive).
Camren Wynter ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Dragons for the game. He buried 5 of 15 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 33.3%, which had him finishing with 15 points. Wynter had 4 rebounds in his 40 minutes and totaled 2 dimes in the matchup. Someone else who was a determining factor for Drexel was Zach Walton. He racked up 10 points in his 29 minutes on the court by way of 4 of 10 from the floor for the game. Walton finished going 40.0% from the field in addition to earning 2 dimes and 4 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Drexel (-2.5) and over 148.5 points
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