Samford Bulldogs vs Troy Trojans Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Samford Bulldogs vs Troy Trojans
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Trojan Arena in Troy, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Samford (-1)
The Troy Trojans (3-3) play the Samford Bulldogs (2-2) at Trojan Arena on Wednesday. Troy opens this game as 1-point underdogs. The over/under opens at 146.5.
Samford will play this contest with a record of 2-2 so far this year. The Bulldogs are connecting on 34.9% on three-point shots (38 of 109) and 75.7% from the charity stripe. They average 86.3 pts per game (36th in D-1) while shooting 47.6% from the floor. They turn it over 15.5 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 22.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Samford is snagging 42.0 boards per game and is sitting with 68 dimes for the year, which has them ranked 145th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Bulldogs have forced 14.3 turnovers every game while drawing 18.3 personal fouls. They surrender 29.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 270th in college basketball in PPG allowed (78.3). The Bulldogs defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.4% (103 of 249) and they relinquish 36.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They rank 164th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 57 surrendered on the season.
The Samford Bulldogs faced the Georgia Bulldogs and took a loss by a final of 79-75 in their last contest. Samford finished having earned a 42.0% FG percentage (29 of 69) and knocked down 9 out of their 31 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Bulldogs buried 8 of their 10 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. With respect to getting rebounds, they collected 36 with 10 of them being offensive. They also doled out 14 assists in the game while getting 2 steals and 2 rejections. With respect to defending, Samford let their opponent shoot 42.0% from the floor on 29 out of 69. Georgia distributed 13 dimes and 8 steals in this matchup. On top of that, the Bulldogs snagged 42 rebounds (13 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Georgia finished the contest at 59.4% from the charity stripe by knocking down 19 of their 32 shots. They also made 6 of 23 tries from long range.
Richardson Maitre is one guy who was a contributor in the matchup. He totaled 12 points on 5 of 12 shooting. He played for 33 minutes and grabbed 4 rebounds. Maitre finished shooting 41.7% from the floor and distributed 5 dimes. An additional guy that was a contributor in this contest for the Bulldogs was Christian Guess. He snagged 10 boards and also earned 2 assists. He ended up going 63.6% from the field for the contest by going 7-of-11 (14 points). Overall, Guess was on the hardwood for 30 min.
Troy has a record of 3-3 on the season. As an offense, the Trojans are connecting on 34.4% from the field, which has them ranked 345th in the nation. Troy has tallied 340 points for the season (56.7 per contest) and they pull down 37.2 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 8.7 times per game (312th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 15.5 times per game. The Trojans are committing 19.0 fouls per contest while shooting 65.1% from the free throw line. The Trojans on the defensive end are ranked 110th in the country in PPG given up with 65.8. They have given up 10.3 dimes and 35.8 rebounds per contest, which ranks 57th and 174th in those defensive categories. The Troy defense concedes 35.2% on 3-point attempts (45 of 128) and opponents are connecting on 67.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 13.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.7% from the field (152nd in Division 1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Troy Trojans went home victorious with a score of 61-44 when they played the Central Baptist Mustangs. The Trojans recorded 27 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 35 for this game. They turned away 7 tries while getting 10 steals for the matchup. The Mustangs committed 24 fouls for this contest which took the Trojans to the charity stripe for 33 shots. They were able to knock down 22 of those for a percentage of 66.7%. In terms of shots from 3-point land, Troy converted 3 of their 17 attempts (17.6%). Overall, the Trojans shot 18 out of 47 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.3%. The Trojans permitted the Mustangs to convert 11 of 44 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 25.0% for the matchup. They went 18.8% from 3-point land via 3 out of 16 and walked away from this one shooting 19 of 29 from the charity stripe (65.5%). With respect to cleaning the glass, Troy allowed Central Baptist to snag 31 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Zay Williams ended up having an impact for the Trojans in the matchup. He knocked down 3 of 4 for the matchup for a rate of 75.0%, which earned him 13 points. Williams pulled down 6 boards in his 27 mins and had 2 assists in this matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for Troy was Nick Stampley. He notched 8 points in 22 minutes played via 4 out of 6 shooting in this matchup. Stampley walked away from this one going 66.7% from the floor as well as contributing 2 assists and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Troy (+1)
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