Seton Hall Pirates vs Penn State Nittany Lions Prediction, 12/6/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Seton Hall Pirates vs Penn State Nittany Lions
Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020
Location: Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Seton Hall (+1.5)
Bryce Jordan Center is the site where and the Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0) will take on the Seton Hall Pirates (1-3) on Sunday. The odds on this matchup have Penn State as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 147.5.
Seton Hall enters this game with a mark of 1-3 on the campaign. The Pirates are connecting on 38.8% on shots from 3-point land (33 of 85) and 65.9% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 72.3 points per contest (175th in the nation) while hitting 43.9% from the field. They cough up possession 13.8 times per game and as a group are committing 17.3 fouls every game. As a unit, Seton Hall is snagging 34.3 boards per game and has racked up 53 assists this season, which is 74th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Pirates have forced 13.3 turnovers every game and they draw 19.0 personal fouls. They rank 222nd in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 48 surrendered on the year. The Pirates defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 46.5% (106 of 228) and they surrender 35.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 37.8% on 3-point attempts and they are 190th in D-1 in points per game allowed (73.5).
The Seton Hall Pirates stepped onto the hardwood against the Oregon Ducks and went home with a loss by a final score of 83-70 in their last game. Seton Hall ended the contest having earned a 46.2% field goal percentage (24 of 52) and knocked down 14 of 24 shots from downtown. When they shot from the free throw line, the Pirates knocked down 8 of their 12 shots for a rate of 66.7%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 22 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 18 assists in this contest while earning 9 steals and 4 blocks. Concerning defense, Seton Hall allowed the other team to shoot 46.2% from the field on 24 of 52. Oregon doled out 17 assists and 10 steals for the game. On top of that, the Ducks had 37 rebounds (11 offensive, 26 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Oregon shot 60.0% at the free throw line by making 12 of 20 attempts. They made 9 of 21 attempts from distance.
Shavar Reynolds is a guy who was a major factor in this contest. He racked up 17 points on 6 out of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 38 minutes and collected 2 rebounds. Reynolds finished the game at 60.0% from the floor and also totaled 8 assists. Another guy that saw a lot of court time in this game for the Pirates was Sandro Mamukelashvili. He pulled down 6 rebounds and tallied 4 dimes. He went 42.9% from the floor in the game by connecting on 3-of-7 (10 points). Overall, Mamukelashvili played for 35 minutes.
Penn State has a win-loss mark of 2-0 for the campaign. The Nittany Lions are responsible for committing 18.5 fouls per game and they shoot 78.8% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 10.5 times per game (250th in the nation) and they turn it over 13.0 times per game. Penn State has totaled 158 pts so far this season (79.0 per contest) and they collect 38.5 rebounds per game. As an offense, the Nittany Lions are shooting 42.1% from the field, which ranks 251st in the nation. The Nittany Lions on the defensive side of the court are 112th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 67.0. They are forcing their opponents into 20.5 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.4% from the field (178th in college hoops). The Penn State defense gives up 33.3% on 3-pointers (14 of 42) and their opposition makes 68.3% of their free throw attempts. They give up 10.5 dimes and 35.0 boards per game, which has them ranked 68th and 136th in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the court, the Penn State Nittany Lions got the win with a final of 72-69 against the VCU Rams. The Nittany Lions were able to snag 25 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 34 for the matchup. They also stuffed 3 shots while earning 9 steals for the game. The Rams were called for 20 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Nittany Lions to the charity stripe for a total of 19 tries. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throws for a percentage of 68.4%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Penn State converted 9 of their 26 attempts (34.6%). When all was said and done, the Nittany Lions ended up shooting 25 for 61 from the field which had them sitting at 41.0%. The Nittany Lions allowed the Rams to convert 24 out of 54 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.4% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 35.7% from three-point range by going 5 out of 14 and ended up shooting 16 out of 22 at the charity stripe (72.7%). When discussing rebounding, Penn State allowed VCU to grab 30 in total (6 offensive).
Izaiah Brockington saw the court a lot for the Nittany Lions for this contest. He made 2 out of 9 for this game for a rate of 22.2%, which gave him 7 points. Brockington totaled 3 rebounds in his 31 mins and had 2 assists for the contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Penn State was Seth Lundy. He accumulated 32 points in his 32 minutes on the hardwood by going 11 of 19 shooting in this game. Lundy walked away from this one going 57.9% from the floor as well as collecting 2 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Penn State (-1.5)
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