Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Tennessee Volunteers Prediction, 12/21/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Saint Joseph's Hawks vs Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Monday, December 21, 2020
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Saint Joseph's (+23)
The Tennessee Volunteers (4-0) play the Saint Joseph's Hawks (0-4) at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday. Tennessee opens this matchup as 23-point favorites. The total is set at 147.
Saint Joseph's will enter this contest with a mark of 0-4 on the campaign. They are averaging 77.0 points per contest (113th in college hoops) while connecting on 41.0% from the floor. The Hawks are shooting 29.3% on shots from 3-point land (39 of 133) and 74.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Saint Joseph's is snagging 32.5 rebounds per game and has earned 59 assists this season, which has them ranked 248th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 13.8 times per game and as a group they are committing 22.8 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Hawks are able to force 14.5 turnovers every game while drawing 18.0 personal fouls. The Hawks defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 47.2% (119 of 252) and they surrender 44.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They currently rank 165th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 71 surrendered so far this season. They are relinquishing 37.2% on shots from distance and they are ranked 329th in Division 1 in PPG from their opponents (89.8).
The Saint Joseph's Hawks faced the Villanova Wildcats and ended up losing by a score of 88-68 in their last contest. Saint Joseph's ended the game with a 44.6% FG percentage (25 out of 56) and converted 10 out of their 32 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Hawks made 8 of 9 shots for a rate of 88.9%. In terms of grabbing boards, they collected 27 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 14 assists in the game in addition to earning 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. When discussing the defense, Saint Joseph's allowed their opponent to shoot 44.6% from the field on 25 of 56. Villanova doled out 21 assists and 6 steals for the game. Furthurmore, the Wildcats grabbed 33 rebounds (9 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Villanova finished shooting 83.3% at the charity stripe by converting 15 of their 18 attempts. They also made 9 of 25 tries from distance.
Ryan Daly is one guy who played a lot for the contest. He notched 11 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He played 31 minutes and collected 5 rebounds. Daly shot 55.6% from the floor and distributed 2 assists. Someone else that saw a lot of minutes in this matchup for the Hawks was Jordan Hall. He totaled 6 boards and collected 6 assists. He went 40.0% from the field in this game by going 6-of-15 (17 points). When the final whistle blew, Hall played 34 min.
Tennessee has a win-loss record of 4-0 this season. In terms of offensive execution, the Volunteers are hitting on 45.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 177th in D-1. Tennessee has accounted for 303 points on the year (75.8 per game) and they average 41.8 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 15.3 times per game (92nd in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 9.8 times per game. The Volunteers commit 12.8 personal fouls every game and they go 77.9% from the charity stripe. The Volunteers are ranked 1st in college basketball in PPG given up with 47.5. The Tennessee defense surrenders 25.8% on 3-point shots (25 of 97) and their opposition knocks down 67.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 8.5 dimes and 31.3 boards every game, which has them ranked 12th and 57th in college basketball. They have forced 18.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 32.9% from the field (3rd in the nation).
When they last stepped on the court, the Tennessee Volunteers walked away with a victory by a final of 103-49 when they played the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. The Volunteers snagged 32 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 42 for the matchup. They also stuffed 8 tries while recording 8 steals in this game. The Golden Eagles committed 17 fouls in the game which got the Volunteers to the free throw line for 14 shots. They were able to bury 10 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 71.4%. Pertaining to shots from 3-point land, Tennessee converted 9 of 19 attempts (47.4%). When all was said and done, the Volunteers shot 42 for 72 from the field which gave them a rate of 58.3%. The Volunteers allowed the Golden Eagles to knock down 18 out of their 58 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 31.0% in the game. They finished 26.9% from three-point range by connecting on 7 out of 26 and ended up shooting 6 of 9 at the free throw line (66.7%). In reference to rebounds, Tennessee allowed Tennessee Tech to collect 22 overall (3 on the offensive glass).
Josiah-Jordan James ended up being important for the Volunteers for the contest. He made 6 out of 8 in this game giving him a rate of 75.0%, which earned him 15 points. James collected 6 rebounds in his 26 minutes played and earned 3 assists in this matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Tennessee was Yves Pons. He notched 10 points in 24 minutes played by going 5 of 9 shooting for the game. Pons ended up shooting 55.6% from the field while collecting 4 assists and 5 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Tennessee (-23) and over 147 points
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