Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles vs Xavier Musketeers Prediction, 12/2/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles vs Xavier Musketeers
Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Location: Cintas Center in Cincinnati, OH
Odds/Point Spread: Tennessee Tech (+22)
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (0-2) are headed to Cintas Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Xavier Musketeers (4-0). The spread on this game has Xavier as 22-point favorites. The O/U opens at 139.
Tennessee Tech steps onto the court with a mark of 0-2 so far this year. They are turning it over 20.0 times per contest and as a unit they commit 17.5 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Tennessee Tech is pulling in 37.0 boards per contest and has accounted for 20 assists this season, which ranks 185th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Golden Eagles are connecting on 20.0% from downtown (8 of 40) and 57.7% from the free throw line. They average 56.5 pts per contest (248th in college basketball) while hitting 41.3% from the field. When they are on defense, the Golden Eagles are forcing 9.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 13.0 personal fouls. The Golden Eagles defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 43.8% (57 of 130) and they relinquish 38.0 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 232nd in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 26 conceded for the season. They are relinquishing 20.0% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 275th in college basketball in points per game allowed (75.5).
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles faced off with the Chattanooga Mocs and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 62-54 in their last game. Tennessee Tech ended with a 42.3% field goal percentage (22 out of 52) and made 3 of 15 shots from beyond the perimeter. When shot from the charity stripe, the Golden Eagles knocked down 7 of 15 shots for a percentage of 46.7%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 39 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 11 assists for this game while earning 3 steals and 8 blocks. With regard to the defense, Tennessee Tech allowed the other team to shoot 42.3% from the floor on 22 out of 52. Chattanooga earned 4 dimes and 13 steals in this game. In addition, the Mocs had 37 rebounds (9 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 8 blocks. Chattanooga finished shooting 86.4% from the free throw line by knocking down 19 of their 22 attempts. They also buried 3 of 21 shots from beyond the arc.
Keishawn Davidson is one player who had an impact for the game. He totaled 12 points on 4 of 10 shooting. He played 36 minutes and snagged 10 rebounds. Davidson walked away from this one shooting 40.0% from the floor and also recorded 6 assists. Another guy that played big minutes in this contest for the Golden Eagles was Austin Harvell. He snagged 4 rebounds and collected 2 assists. He shot 44.4% from the field in this game by going 4-of-9 (8 points). When the final whistle was blown, Harvell was on the court for 27 minutes.
Xavier has a record of 4-0 for the year. The Musketeers commit 15.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 70.5% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 21.0 times per contest (16th in the country) and they are turning it over 13.5 times per game. Xavier has earned 327 points this year (81.8 per game) and they pull in 44.5 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Musketeers are shooting 49.2% from the field, which has them ranked 154th in the nation. The Musketeers are ranked 197th in college hoops in points given up per game with 67.0. The Xavier defense gives up 32.7% from downtown (34 of 104) and opponents are connecting on 76.7% of their free throw attempts. They have conceded 11.8 dimes and 38.5 boards every game, which is 205th and 269th in those categories on the defensive end. They are forcing 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 33.6% from the field (19th in college basketball).
In their last game, the Xavier Musketeers got the win with a final of 99-96 against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. The Musketeers snagged 39 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 46 in the game. They blocked 6 tries while recording 4 steals in this contest. The Colonels were called for 24 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Musketeers to the free throw line for 30 tries. They were able to knock down 23 of the free throws for a clip of 76.7%. Pertaining to shooting from downtown, Xavier made 6 of their 19 tries (31.6%). When the game finished, the Musketeers went 35 out of 60 from the field which had them at 58.3%. The Musketeers permitted the Colonels to convert 35 of their 91 tries from the floor which had them shooting 38.5% for the game. They finished 28.9% from three-point range by going 11 out of 38 and finished the game at 15 of 17 from the free throw line (88.2%). In relation to team rebounding, Xavier allowed Eastern Kentucky to grab 32 in total (14 on the offensive side).
Nate Johnson ended up playing a lot for the Musketeers for the matchup. He made 7 of 12 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 58.3%, which earned him 18 points. Johnson had 5 rebounds in his 44 minutes and accumulated 3 dimes in this game. An additional guy who came through for Xavier was Zach Freemantle. He racked up 24 points in 40 minutes played by way of 11 of 12 shooting in this matchup. Freemantle finished going 91.7% from the field while also earning 2 dimes and 13 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Xavier (-22)
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