Texas State Bobcats vs Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Prediction, 12/21/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas State Bobcats vs Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
Date: Monday, December 21, 2020
Location: Magness Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Texas State (-10)
Magness Arena is the site where and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (0-4) will take on the Texas State Bobcats (5-3) on Monday. Northern Arizona opens this game as 10-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 132.
Texas State will play this game with a record of 5-3 this year. They currently have an average of 66.0 points per game (272nd in D-1) while going 44.2% from the field. The Bobcats are shooting 32.1% on 3-point shots (36 of 112) and 66.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Texas State is snagging 34.6 rebounds per game and has 96 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 104th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 13.9 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.1 fouls every game. On defense, the Bobcats are able to force 16.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.4 fouls. The Bobcats defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 41.5% (175 of 422) and they relinquish 32.9 rebounds per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 256th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 95 surrendered so far this season. They are surrendering 33.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 60th in the nation in points per game allowed (62.9).
The Texas State Bobcats faced off with the Denver Pioneers and notched a win by a score of 70-68 in their last game. Texas State wrapped up the game with a 51.0% FG percentage (25 of 49) and converted 7 of their 12 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Bobcats made 13 of 18 attempts for a rate of 72.2%. In terms of grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 19 with 6 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 11 dimes in this game while getting 10 steals and 4 rejections. With respect to defense, Texas State let their opponent shoot 51.0% from the floor on 25 of 49. Denver recorded 13 dimes and 6 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Pioneers had 20 rebounds (4 offensive, 16 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Denver finished the game at 80.0% at the charity stripe by making 16 of 20 attempts. They knocked down 6 of 16 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Caleb Asberry is one player who was important in this contest. He notched 28 points on 10 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 minutes played and snagged 2 boards. Asberry ended up shooting 66.7% from the field and dished out 2 assists. One more player that was a factor in this contest for the Bobcats was Mason Harrell. He snagged 2 rebounds and had 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 33.3% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 4-of-12 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, Harrell was on the hardwood for 34 minutes.
Northern Arizona has a record of 0-4 on the year. The Lumberjacks commit 18.3 fouls every game and they shoot 66.7% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 9.0 times per game (321st in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.8 times per contest. Northern Arizona has scored 219 pts this year (54.8 per game) and they pull in 26.0 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Lumberjacks are connecting on 33.0% from the floor, which is ranked 354th in the country. The Lumberjacks defensively are ranked 320th in college hoops in PPG given up with 85.3. They are forcing 12.3 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 57.9% from the field (332nd in college hoops). The Northern Arizona defense allows 50.6% on shots from distance (45 of 89) and their opposition makes 65.7% of their free throw shots. They concede 18.5 dimes and 39.8 rebounds every game, which is ranked 324th and 292nd in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the court, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks went home defeated by a final of 80-64 against the Eastern Washington Eagles. The Lumberjacks snagged 18 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 25 in this contest. They also blocked 2 shots while earning 6 steals in this game. The Eagles were called for 22 fouls for the game which got the Lumberjacks to the free throw line for a total of 23 tries. They were able to make 13 of those for a percentage of 56.5%. When discussing shooting from downtown, Northern Arizona made 7 out of their 21 attempts (33.3%). At the conclusion of this game, the Lumberjacks ended up shooting 22 for 59 from the field which gave them a rate of 37.3%. The Lumberjacks allowed the Eagles to bury 30 out of 51 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 58.8% in this contest. They finished shooting 47.1% from downtown by going 8 out of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 12 of 19 at the free throw line (63.2%). When it comes to team rebounding, Northern Arizona allowed Eastern Washington to collect 38 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Cameron Shelton ended up having an impact for the Lumberjacks in the game. He made 8 of 15 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 53.3%, which earned him 23 points. Shelton pulled down 6 boards in his 33 minutes and earned 2 assists for the contest. Another guy who was a determining factor for Northern Arizona was Luke Avdalovic. He was able to score 9 points in 32 minutes on the hardwood by way of 3 out of 11 from the floor for the contest. Avdalovic walked away from this one going 27.3% from the field in addition to contributing 2 dimes and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Texas State (-10)
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