SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Morehead State Eagles Prediction, 12/18/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Morehead State Eagles
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Location: Ellis T. Johnson Arena in Morehead, KY
Odds/Point Spread: SIU Edwardsville (+8)
The SIU Edwardsville Cougars (2-4) go to Ellis T. Johnson Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Morehead State Eagles (4-4). SIU Edwardsville opens this matchup as 8-point dogs. The total opens at 134.5.
SIU Edwardsville comes into this contest with a record of 2-4 so far this year. They currently have an average of 67.8 pts per game (244th in the country) while hitting 46.0% from the floor. The Cougars are connecting on 35.3% on three-point attempts (42 of 119) and 64.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, SIU Edwardsville is snagging 33.3 rebounds per game and has racked up 80 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 117th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 17.2 times per game and as a squad they are committing 19.3 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Cougars have forced 15.7 turnovers per game and they draw 17.8 personal fouls. They currently rank 247th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 82 conceded on the season. The Cougars defense is allowing a FG percentage of 42.2% (145 of 344) and they surrender 35.0 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They relinquish 33.3% on shots from distance and they rank 190th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (71.0).
The SIU Edwardsville Cougars played the Valparaiso Crusaders and went home with a loss by a final score of 80-58 in their last game. SIU Edwardsville finished with a 43.9% FG percentage (25 of 57) and buried 2 of their 17 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Cougars knocked down 6 of their 13 attempts for a percentage of 46.2%. Pertaining to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 27 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 11 assists in this matchup while getting 8 steals and 6 blocked shots. When discussing defense, SIU Edwardsville let their opponent shoot 43.9% from the field on 25 out of 57. Valparaiso doled out 16 dimes and 16 steals in this contest. Moreover, the Crusaders pulled down 33 boards (10 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 6 blocked shots. Valparaiso finished the contest at 78.9% from the free throw line by making 15 of 19 tries. They also made 7 out of their 25 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Sidney Wilson is one player who saw a lot of action in this contest. He accumulated 16 points on 7 of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 35 minutes and totaled 4 boards. Wilson ended up shooting 46.7% from the floor and also totaled 2 dimes. Another guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Cougars was Mike Adewunmi. He totaled 4 rebounds and earned 2 assists. He finished the game at 71.4% from the field for this game via 5-of-7 (11 points). When the final whistle blew, Adewunmi was on the hardwood for 22 minutes.
Morehead State has a win-loss record of 4-4 on the year. As an offense, the Eagles are hitting on 44.8% from the field, which is 185th in the country. Morehead State has accumulated 523 points so far this year (65.4 per game) and they pull in 35.9 boards per game. They are earning an assist 13.1 times per contest (192nd in Division 1) and they cough up possession 17.8 times per contest. The Eagles have committed 16.1 personal fouls per game and they shoot 66.2% from the free throw line. The Eagles are ranked 141st in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 68.0. They have surrendered 12.6 assists and 30.9 boards every game, which is 157th and 51st in Division 1. The Morehead State defense concedes 30.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (55 of 183) and their opposition knocks down 65.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 11.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 44.1% from the field (215th in the country).
The last time they took the court, the Morehead State Eagles went home victorious with a score of 75-62 when they faced the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. The Eagles were able to corral 31 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 37 in this game. They rejected 8 attempts while recording 6 steals for this contest. The Colonels earned 27 fouls in this matchup which took the Eagles to the charity stripe for a total of 32 tries. They were able to make 25 of the free throws for a clip of 78.1%. In the matter of three-point attempts, Morehead State converted 4 out of their 15 attempts (26.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Eagles walked away from this one shooting 23 for 45 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.1%. The Eagles permitted the Colonels to make 25 of their 64 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 39.1% in this contest. They finished shooting 16.0% from 3-point land by shooting 4 of 25 and ended up going 8 of 13 from the charity stripe (61.5%). When talking about team rebounding, Morehead State allowed Eastern Kentucky to get 24 in total (5 on the offensive side).
Skyelar Potter ended up playing a lot for the Eagles in this matchup. He converted 4 out of 9 in the matchup giving him a rate of 44.4%, which had him sitting at 13 points. Potter grabbed 8 rebounds in his 32 mins and had 2 dimes in the matchup. Someone else who saw a lot of court time for Morehead State was Julius Dixon. He ended up walking away with 11 points in 19 minutes on the court by way of 5 out of 7 shooting in the matchup. Dixon finished going 71.4% from the floor while contributing 2 dimes and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Morehead State (-8)
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