Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Prediction, 12/22/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Date: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Location: E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Tennessee Tech (+20)
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (6-2) play the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (0-8) at E. A. Diddle Arena on Tuesday. The odds on this matchup have Western Kentucky as 20-point favorites. The O/U opens at 141.5.
Tennessee Tech will enter this game with a mark of 0-8 on the season. The Golden Eagles are shooting 25.7% on shots from beyond the arc (46 of 179) and 63.2% from the free throw line. They are averaging 58.4 pts per game (320th in Division 1) while going 39.3% from the field. They turn the ball over 17.8 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.3 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Tennessee Tech is snagging 34.5 rebounds per game and has totaled 94 dimes this season, which is 113th in college hoops in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Golden Eagles are forcing 11.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 13.0 fouls. They are currently ranked 320th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 133 relinquished for the season. The Golden Eagles defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 47.0% (233 of 496) and they surrender 38.0 rebounds per game as a squad. They relinquish 31.4% on 3-point shots while they are 295th in college basketball in opponents PPG (78.8).
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles faced off with the Tennessee Volunteers and took a loss by a score of 103-49 in their last game. Tennessee Tech walked away from the game having earned a 31.0% FG percentage (18 of 58) and buried 7 of 26 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Golden Eagles buried 6 of their 9 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. Regarding getting rebounds, they compiled 22 with 3 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 9 assists in this contest while getting 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. With respect to defending, Tennessee Tech let their opponent shoot 31.0% from the field on 18 out of 58. Tennessee earned 28 dimes and 8 steals in the game. On top of that, the Volunteers grabbed 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Tennessee finished 71.4% at the charity stripe by making 10 of their 14 shots. They also made 9 out of their 19 tries from long range.
Keishawn Davidson is someone who saw a lot of minutes in this matchup. He ended up finishing with 12 points on 5 of 12 shooting. He played for 34 mins and totaled 2 rebounds. Davidson finished the game shooting 41.7% from the field and dished out 3 dimes. An additional guy that saw a lot of action in the matchup for the Golden Eagles was Jr. Clay. He collected 4 boards and accounted for 2 assists. He ended up going 30.8% from the field for the contest by hitting 4-of-13 (13 points). When all was said and done, Clay was on the hardwood for 31 min.
Western Kentucky has a record of 6-2 on the season. Western Kentucky has earned 609 points on the campaign (76.1 per game) and they collect 38.8 boards per contest. The Hilltoppers are committing 16.1 fouls per contest and they hit 76.0% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Hilltoppers are hitting on 44.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 184th in college basketball. They are dishing out assists 13.5 times per game (178th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 13.4 times per game. The Hilltoppers on the defensive end are ranked 242nd in college basketball in points given up per game with 73.8. The Western Kentucky defense concedes 42.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter (79 of 187) and their opposition knocks down 75.2% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 13.4 dimes and 31.6 boards every game, which is ranked 201st and 65th in those defensive categories. They are forcing 14.4 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.2% from the field (224th in college basketball).
In their last game, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers got the victory with a final of 73-71 when they played the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Hilltoppers collected 20 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 31 for the matchup. They turned away 3 tries while getting 11 steals for this contest. The Crimson Tide were called for 16 personal fouls in this contest which got the Hilltoppers to the charity stripe for a total of 21 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throws for a percentage of 76.2%. Pertaining to 3-point shots, Western Kentucky converted 3 out of 11 attempts (27.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Hilltoppers went 27 for 60 from the floor which gave them a rate of 45.0%. The Hilltoppers permitted the Crimson Tide to make 22 of 56 attempts from the field which had them shooting 39.3% in this game. They finished 26.9% from distance via 7 out of 26 and ended up going 20 of 26 from the charity stripe (76.9%). In the matter of rebounding, Western Kentucky permitted Alabama to get 29 overall (10 on the offensive side).
Charles Bassey ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Hilltoppers for the game. He buried 11 out of 14 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 78.6%, which gave him 27 points. Bassey pulled down 12 rebounds in his 33 mins played and accumulated 2 assists for this game. Another guy that was pivotal for Western Kentucky was Josh Anderson. He ended up walking away with 6 points in 32 minutes on the hardwood via 3 out of 10 from the floor for this contest. Anderson ended up shooting 30.0% from the floor while totaling 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Western Kentucky (-20)
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