South Florida Bulls vs Cincinnati Bearcats Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: USF Bulls vs Cincinnati Bearcats
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: South Florida (+8.5)
The USF Bulls (4-2) travel to Fifth Third Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the Cincinnati Bearcats (2-2). Cincinnati opens this game as 8.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 133.
South Florida steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss mark of 4-2 so far this season. They are turning it over 13.7 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 18.5 personal fouls per contest. As a team, South Florida is collecting 39.2 rebounds per game and has accounted for 71 assists this season, which is 132nd in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Bulls are connecting on 35.0% on shots from beyond the arc (35 of 100) and 59.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 71.2 points per game (205th in the nation) while connecting on 45.0% from the floor. On defense, the Bulls have forced 13.2 turnovers per game and they draw 17.8 personal fouls. The Bulls defense is allowing a FG percentage of 43.1% (146 of 339) and they concede 31.7 rebounds per contest as a unit. They currently rank 246th in D-1 in giving up assists with 78 conceded on the season. They are surrendering 27.6% from beyond the arc while they are 172nd in college hoops in PPG from their opponents (69.8).
The USF Bulls took the court against the Wofford Terriers and went home with a win by a final score of 58-56 in their last contest. South Florida finished the contest having earned a 42.4% field goal percentage (25 of 59) and made 4 of their 17 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Bulls made 4 of 10 attempts for a percentage of 40.0%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they compiled 37 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 12 assists in the game while earning 8 steals and 6 rejections. When discussing the defense, South Florida allowed the other team to shoot 42.4% from the field on 25 of 59. Wofford dished out 12 dimes and 5 steals for this contest. Moreover, the Terriers grabbed 31 boards (7 offensive, 24 defensive) and earned 6 rejections. Wofford finished the game shooting 50.0% from the charity stripe by making 6 of 12 attempts. They buried 10 out of their 39 shots from long range.
David Collins is a player who was a factor in this matchup. He was able to score 13 points on 6 out of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 39 minutes and snagged 11 rebounds. Collins finished 42.9% from the floor and also totaled 3 assists. An additional guy that saw the court a lot in the matchup for the Bulls was Alexis Yetna. He pulled down 4 boards and collected 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 40.0% from the floor for the contest by shooting 4-of-10 (11 points). When this game wrapped up, Yetna was on the court for 30 min.
Cincinnati has a mark of 2-2 so far this year. As an offense, the Bearcats are shooting 44.8% from the floor, which ranks them 188th in college basketball. Cincinnati has accounted for 270 pts for the campaign (67.5 per contest) and they collect 34.0 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 15.8 times per game (82nd in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.3 times per game. The Bearcats are responsible for committing 20.5 personal fouls per contest while shooting 64.1% from the free throw line. The Bearcats on the defensive side of the court are 135th in college basketball in PPG given up with 67.5. The Cincinnati defense surrenders 28.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (19 of 67) and their opposition makes 78.6% of their free throw attempts. They give up 13.0 assists and 31.8 boards per contest, which is ranked 182nd and 69th in college hoops. They have forced 12.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.1% from the field (137th in Division 1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Cincinnati Bearcats took a loss by a final score of 65-56 against the Tennessee Volunteers. The Bearcats were able to pull down 22 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 28 for this game. They rejected 2 shots while earning 7 steals in the game. The Volunteers were called for 10 fouls in this contest which took the Bearcats to the free throw line for a total of 7 shots. They were able to make 4 of them for a rate of 57.1%. In relation to 3-pointers, Cincinnati converted 8 of 28 attempts (28.6%). Overall, the Bearcats finished shooting 22 for 58 from the floor which had them sitting at 37.9%. The Bearcats allowed the Volunteers to knock down 19 of 59 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 32.2% in the game. They went 16.7% from 3-point land by going 2 out of 12 and finished the game at 25 out of 30 from the free throw line (83.3%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, Cincinnati allowed Tennessee to grab 39 overall (13 offensive).
David Dejulius pitched in for the Bearcats for the matchup. He buried 5 out of 17 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 29.4%, which had him sitting at 11 points. Dejulius collected 4 rebounds in his 33 mins played and tallied 7 dimes for the matchup. One more player that ended up coming through for Cincinnati was Tari Eason. He racked up 10 points in 26 minutes played by way of 4 out of 11 from the floor in this contest. Eason walked away from this one going 36.4% from the floor and also earning 2 assists and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take South Florida (+8.5)
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