SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Valparaiso Crusaders Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Valparaiso Crusaders
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Athletics-Recreation Center in Valparaiso, IN
Odds/Point Spread: SIU Edwardsville (+12)
The Valparaiso Crusaders (1-3) play the SIU Edwardsville Cougars (2-3) at Athletics-Recreation Center on Wednesday. SIU Edwardsville opens this matchup as 12-point dogs. The over/under is set at 138.
SIU Edwardsville will take the court with a win-loss record of 2-3 this year. The Cougars are hitting 39.2% on shots from beyond the arc (40 of 102) and 67.9% from the free throw line. They have an average of 69.8 pts per contest (202nd in the nation) while shooting 46.5% from the field. They are turning it over 15.6 times per game and as a group they are committing 19.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, SIU Edwardsville is snagging 33.2 boards per game and has tallied 69 assists so far this season, which ranks 45th in the country in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Cougars are able to force 15.2 turnovers per game and they draw 17.2 fouls. They surrender 34.5% on 3-point attempts and they are 144th in college basketball in PPG allowed (69.2). The Cougars defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.0% (116 of 283) and they concede 34.8 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 260th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 66 surrendered so far this year.
The SIU Edwardsville Cougars faced the Omaha Mavericks and took a loss by a score of 65-63 in their last contest. SIU Edwardsville ended the game having earned a 37.5% field goal percentage (21 of 56) and made 7 out of their 23 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Cougars made 14 of 19 attempts for a percentage of 73.7%. In relation to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 27 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 7 assists for this game while having 6 steals and 3 blocked shots. In terms of defense, SIU Edwardsville let their opponent shoot 37.5% from the floor on 21 out of 56. Omaha doled out 10 assists and 3 steals in the game. On top of that, the Mavericks pulled down 36 rebounds (7 offensive, 29 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Omaha shot 68.2% when shooting free throws by burying 15 of their 22 attempts. They also knocked down 6 out of their 16 shots from 3-point land.
Mike Adewunmi is one player who was a contributor for this game. He left the arena with 13 points on 5 of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 33 minutes and also totaled 10 boards. Adewunmi finished 38.5% from the floor and distributed 2 assists. One more player that played big minutes in this matchup for the Cougars was Shamar Wright. He had 2 rebounds and also accounted for 2 assists. He ended up going 37.5% from the floor in this game by connecting on 3-of-8 (8 points). When the final whistle was blown, Wright saw the court for 33 minutes.
Valparaiso has a win-loss record of 1-3 for the campaign. Valparaiso has accumulated 267 pts so far this season (66.8 per contest) and they pull down 34.5 rebounds per contest. The Crusaders commit 20.5 fouls every game and they hit 68.3% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Crusaders are hitting on 42.4% from the field, which is 252nd in college basketball. They are assisting teammates 14.5 times per contest (122nd in college hoops) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.8 times per game. The Crusaders are ranked 86th in college basketball in PPG given up with 64.0. They are able to force 15.5 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 38.5% from the field (71st in Division 1). The Valparaiso defense allows 29.3% on shots from behind the 3-point line (27 of 92) and opponents are making 68.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 14.3 dimes and 36.8 rebounds per contest, ranking them 208th and 173rd in the country.
When they last stepped on the court, the Valparaiso Crusaders got the victory with a final of 85-45 against the Judson Eagles. The Crusaders pulled down 27 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 for this contest. They blocked 3 tries while earning 14 steals for the matchup. The Eagles had 20 personal fouls for this game which got the Crusaders to the charity stripe for 17 tries. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throws for a percentage of 76.5%. In terms of shots from 3-point land, Valparaiso buried 10 out of their 32 attempts (31.3%). When the game finished, the Crusaders shot 31 out of 66 from the floor which had them at 47.0%. The Crusaders allowed the Eagles to make 19 of their 54 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 35.2% in this matchup. They finished 21.1% from 3-point land via 4 of 19 and ended up shooting 3 out of 11 from the charity stripe (27.3%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Valparaiso allowed Judson to pull down 30 in all (8 on the offensive glass).
Ben Krikke ended up being a major contributor for the Crusaders in this matchup. He made 5 out of 9 for this game for a field goal rate of 55.6%, which had him finishing with 10 points. Krikke pulled down 2 boards in his 15 mins and accumulated 2 assists in the game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Valparaiso was Donovan Clay. He notched 4 points in his 16 minutes played via 2 of 6 shooting for the matchup. Clay walked away from this one going 33.3% from the field as well as totaling 2 assists and 5 boards.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Valparaiso (-12) and over 138 points
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