St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers vs Central Connecticut Blue Devils Prediction, 12/15/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers vs Central Connecticut Blue Devils
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Location: William H. Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, CT
Odds/Point Spread: St. Francis Brooklyn (-1.5)
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (1-1) are headed to William H. Detrick Gymnasium on Tuesday where they'll meet the Central Connecticut Blue Devils (1-4). St. Francis Brooklyn opens this matchup as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 152.
St. Francis Brooklyn heads into this one with a win-loss record of 1-1 so far this year. They average 87.5 points per game (28th in the nation) while shooting 45.6% from the field. The Terriers are hitting 28.9% on shots from distance (13 of 45) and 70.0% from the charity stripe. As a team, St. Francis Brooklyn is pulling down 42.0 rebounds per game and has accounted for 38 assists for the campaign, which is 274th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.5 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 22.5 fouls per contest. When they are on the defensive end, the Terriers are forcing 15.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.0 fouls. The Terriers defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 46.0% (64 of 139) and they relinquish 43.0 boards per contest as a unit. They are 51st in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 35 surrendered so far this season. They are conceding 48.9% on 3-point attempts and they are 321st in college basketball in opponents PPG (96.0).
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers stepped onto the hardwood against the Bryant Bulldogs and went home with a win by a final score of 93-91 in their last contest. St. Francis Brooklyn finished the contest having earned a 51.6% FG percentage (33 out of 64) and knocked down 5 out of their 18 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Terriers converted 22 of 29 shots for a rate of 75.9%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they compiled 39 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 19 assists in this matchup while having 7 steals and 2 blocks. When it comes to the defense, St. Francis Brooklyn allowed their opponent to shoot 51.6% from the field on 33 out of 64. Bryant distributed 15 assists and 4 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Bulldogs grabbed 30 rebounds (8 offensive, 22 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Bryant went 74.1% when shooting free throws by making 20 of 27 shots. They also made 11 out of their 25 shots from beyond the arc.
Travis Atson is a player who was a factor in the matchup. He finished with 18 points on 7 out of 12 shooting. He played for 38 minutes and snagged 11 boards. Atson finished the game at 58.3% from the floor and also recorded 5 dimes. One more player that saw a lot of action in this matchup for the Terriers was Unique McLean. He had 9 rebounds and totaled 3 dimes. He finished shooting 50.0% from the floor in this matchup by hitting 6-of-12 (15 points). When the final whistle blew, McLean was on the court for 35 minutes.
Central Connecticut has a record of 1-4 on the campaign. The Blue Devils commit 18.6 personal fouls per contest and they hit 65.2% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 12.8 times per contest (208th in Division 1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.8 times per game. Central Connecticut has accounted for 362 pts for the campaign (72.4 per contest) and they collect 28.4 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Blue Devils are shooting 46.5% from the field, which ranks 127th in the nation. The Blue Devils defensively are ranked 305th in the nation in points allowed per contest with 85.4. They are able to force 13.4 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 50.3% from the field (309th in Division 1). The Central Connecticut defense surrenders 40.8% on 3-pointers (53 of 130) and opponents are converting on 67.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 18.0 assists and 38.0 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 302nd and 242nd in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the court, the Central Connecticut Blue Devils took a loss by a final score of 79-71 when they faced the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. The Blue Devils earned 18 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 26 for the matchup. They also rejected 2 shots while getting 7 steals in the game. The Knights committed 21 fouls in this contest which got the Blue Devils to the charity stripe for a total of 27 attempts. They were able to bury 16 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 59.3%. In terms of 3-point attempts, Central Connecticut made 7 out of their 22 tries (31.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Blue Devils shot 24 for 58 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.4%. The Blue Devils permitted the Knights to make 27 of 52 attempts from the field which left them shooting 51.9% in the game. They finished the game shooting 44.4% from 3-point land by hitting 8 of 18 and finished the contest at 17 out of 29 from the charity stripe (58.6%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Central Connecticut permitted Fairleigh Dickinson to pull down 37 overall (10 offensive).
Nigel Scantlebury ended up playing a lot for the Blue Devils for the contest. He converted 3 out of 9 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 33.3%, which had him sitting at 12 points. Scantlebury collected 2 boards in his 32 mins and added 6 assists for this game. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Central Connecticut was Xavier Wilson. He ended up finishing with 16 points in his 29 minutes played by going 5 out of 9 from the floor for the matchup. Wilson finished going 55.6% from the floor as well as collecting 3 assists and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Central Connecticut (+1.5)
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