South Alabama Jaguars vs Auburn Tigers Prediction, 12/4/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: South Alabama Jaguars vs Auburn Tigers
Date: Friday, December 4, 2020
Location: Auburn Arena in Auburn, AL
TV: SEC Network
Odds/Point Spread: South Alabama (+11.5)
The Auburn Tigers (1-2) host the South Alabama Jaguars (3-1) at Auburn Arena on Friday. Auburn opens this game as 11.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 143.5.
South Alabama will enter this matchup with a mark of 3-1 for the campaign. They cough up possession 10.8 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 14.8 personal fouls every game. As a team, South Alabama is grabbing 37.8 boards per game and has earned 47 dimes on the season, which is 65th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Jaguars are hitting 46.9% on shots from beyond the arc (38 of 81) and 64.5% from the free throw line. They average 80.5 points per game (84th in the nation) while hitting 49.1% from the field. Defensively, the Jaguars are able to force 16.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 19.0 personal fouls. They give up 35.8% on 3-point shots and they are 104th in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (66.3). The Jaguars defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 38.6% (91 of 236) and they surrender 35.3 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are currently ranked 258th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 55 surrendered this season.
The South Alabama Jaguars stepped onto the hardwood against the Emmanuel College Saints and notched a win by a score of 86-47 in their last contest. South Alabama ended the contest having earned a 43.5% FG percentage (27 out of 62) and made 11 out of their 26 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Jaguars knocked down 21 of their 32 tries for a percentage of 65.6%. When discussing hauling in boards, they collected 43 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 17 dimes for this game while earning 11 steals and 6 rejections. Regarding defending, South Alabama allowed the other team to shoot 43.5% from the field on 27 of 62. Emmanuel College dished out 8 assists and 5 steals in the game. Furthurmore, the Saints totaled 33 rebounds (8 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 6 rejections. Emmanuel College finished 71.4% from the charity stripe by making 10 of 14 attempts. They converted 9 of their 36 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Kayo Goncalves is a guy who had an impact for the game. He ended up walking away with 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 31 mins and totaled 8 boards. Goncalves finished shooting 45.5% from the field and dished out 2 assists. Another guy that came through in this game for the Jaguars was Jamal West. He had 9 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He finished the game at 25.0% from the floor for this contest by going 1-of-4 (12 points). When this game wrapped up, West was on the court for 28 minutes.
Auburn has a mark of 1-2 on the campaign. Auburn has tallied 218 pts for the year (72.7 per contest) and they pull down 45.3 boards per contest. The Tigers are responsible for committing 20.7 fouls per contest and they go 61.3% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Tigers are connecting on 37.6% from the floor, which is ranked 318th in the nation. They are dishing out assists 13.3 times per game (143rd in Division 1) and they turn it over 19.0 times per contest. The Tigers on the defensive end are ranked 242nd in Division 1 in points given up per game with 81.3. They are forcing 15.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 44.7% from the field (196th in Division 1). The Auburn defense concedes 29.4% on three-point shots (25 of 85) and their opponents are converting on 69.5% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 16.7 dimes and 41.0 total rebounds per game, ranking them 234th and 235th in college basketball.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Auburn Tigers went home defeated by a final of 63-55 when they played the UCF Knights. The Tigers were able to snag 28 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 41 for this game. They rejected 5 attempts while getting 8 steals in this contest. The Knights committed 20 fouls in this contest which took the Tigers to the charity stripe for a total of 22 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of those for a percentage of 36.4%. Concerning shots from 3-point land, Auburn buried 7 out of 34 tries (20.6%). When the game finished, the Tigers finished 20 for 62 from the field which gave them a rate of 32.3%. The Tigers permitted the Knights to make 21 out of their 57 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 36.8% in the matchup. They finished 29.2% from three-point range via 7 of 24 and finished the contest at 14 out of 19 from the charity stripe (73.7%). With respect to attacking the glass, Auburn permitted UCF to grab 32 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Allen Flanigan was pivotal for the Tigers in this matchup. He converted 1 out of 6 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 16.7%, which earned him 3 points. Flanigan grabbed 7 boards in his 30 mins and earned 3 assists in this contest. One more player who came through for Auburn was Jaylin Williams. He accumulated 8 points in his 23 minutes on the hardwood via 3 out of 5 shooting for the matchup. Williams ended up shooting 60.0% from the field while also collecting 2 assists and 8 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Auburn (-11.5)
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