St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs Akron Zips Prediction, 12/15/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs Akron Zips
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
Odds/Point Spread: St. Bonaventure (-4)
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the site where and the Akron Zips (0-0) will take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (0-0) on Tuesday. Akron opens this contest as 4-point underdogs. The total opens at 141.5.
St. Bonaventure will play this contest after finishing with a mark of 19-12 last year. They gave up possession 11.7 times per game and as a unit committed 17.2 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, St. Bonaventure pulled down 36.5 rebounds per game and accumulated 427 dimes last year, which had them ranked 1st in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Bonnies connected on 34.4% on three-point shots (210 of 611) and 73.6% from the charity stripe. They had an average of 69.1 points per outing (224th in Division 1) while hitting 43.6% from the field. On the defensive end, the Bonnies forced 12.0 turnovers per contest and they drew 15.7 fouls. They gave up 32.9% on three-point shots and they were ranked 121st in the country in PPG allowed (66.9). The Bonnies defense allowed a FG percentage of 41.7% (716 of 1,716) and they surrendered 33.3 rebounds per contest as a unit. They were ranked 323rd in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 436 conceded throughout last season.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies stepped onto the hardwood against the Saint Louis Billikens and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 72-49 in their last contest. St. Bonaventure walked away from the game having earned a 25.5% field goal percentage (13 out of 51) and converted 7 of their 18 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Bonnies buried 16 of their 19 tries for a rate of 84.2%. In terms of rebounding, they earned 29 with 6 of them being offensive. They also dished out 6 assists in the game in addition to having 3 steals and 2 blocks. In regard to defense, St. Bonaventure let their opponent shoot 25.5% from the field on 13 of 51. Saint Louis distributed 17 dimes and 6 steals for this contest. On top of that, the Billikens collected 40 rebounds (10 offensive, 30 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Saint Louis ended up shooting 60.9% from the charity stripe by making 14 of 23 attempts. They also made 8 of their 23 attempts from beyond the arc.
Dominick Welch is one guy who saw a lot of action in the matchup. He accumulated 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting. He saw the court for 33 minutes and also totaled 8 rebounds. Welch finished shooting 44.4% from the floor and also dished out 2 dimes. One more player that saw a lot of minutes in this matchup for the Bonnies was Jaren English. He had 4 rebounds and had 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 42.9% from the floor for the matchup by hitting 3-of-7 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, English was on the hardwood for 31 min.
Akron had a mark of 24-7 last season. As an offensive unit, the Zips shot 44.0% from the field, which ranked 208th in D-1. Akron scored 2,348 pts last year (75.7 per contest) and they collected 37.7 boards per game. They assisted teammates 13.1 times per contest (193rd in the country) and they turned it over 12.8 times per game. The Zips were responsible for committing 17.7 fouls per contest and they shot 77.2% from the charity stripe. The Zips on defense were ranked 117th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 66.5. They were able to force 13.2 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 40.0% from the field (99th in the nation). The Akron defense gave up 30.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (193 of 636) and their opponents converted on 66.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They conceded 10.3 assists and 36.7 rebounds per contest, which ranked them 54th and 206th in college basketball.
For their last game, the Akron Zips went home victorious with a score of 79-76 against the Kent State Golden Flashes. The Zips pulled down 33 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards totaling 37 in this contest. They also turned away 4 attempts while getting 4 steals in this contest. The Golden Flashes earned 23 personal fouls in this contest which took the Zips to the free throw line for a total of 28 shots. They were able to convert 25 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 89.3%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, Akron converted 8 out of their 26 tries (30.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Zips finished the game shooting 23 out of 52 from the field which gave them a rate of 44.2%. The Zips permitted the Golden Flashes to bury 28 of their 73 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 38.4% for the game. They shot 36.4% from three-point range by hitting 8 of 22 and finished the game at 12 out of 18 from the free throw line (66.7%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Akron permitted Kent State to pull down 34 in total (12 on the offensive side).
Xeyrius Williams ended up having an impact for the Zips for this contest. He knocked down 7 of 12 for the game giving him a rate of 58.3%, which had him sitting at 22 points. Williams totaled 12 rebounds in his 37 minutes and accounted for 2 dimes in the game. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Akron was Channel Banks. He was able to score 14 points in 35 minutes played by going 3 of 11 from the floor in this contest. Banks ended the game having shot 27.3% from the field while also contributing 2 dimes and 3 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take St. Bonaventure (-4)
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