Troy Trojans vs North Alabama Lions Prediction, 12/10/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Troy Trojans vs North Alabama Lions
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Location: Flowers Hall in Florence, AL
Odds/Point Spread: Troy (+6)
Flowers Hall is the site where and the North Alabama Lions (2-0) will play the Troy Trojans (1-3) on Thursday. North Alabama opens this game as 6-point favorites. The total has been set at 139.5.
Troy will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 1-3 on the year. They currently have an average of 54.3 pts per contest (299th in the nation) while shooting 33.0% from the field. The Trojans are hitting 24.1% on three-point attempts (19 of 79) and 61.5% from the free throw line. As a team, Troy is pulling in 35.8 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 36 dimes so far this season, which is 229th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 15.0 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 18.5 personal fouls per contest. On the defensive end, the Trojans have forced 11.8 turnovers per game and they draw 19.5 fouls. The Trojans defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 45.8% (103 of 225) and they relinquish 36.8 boards per game as a unit. They are ranked 172nd in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 48 surrendered this year. They give up 43.5% on 3-point shots while they are 208th in the nation in PPG allowed (73.5).
The Troy Trojans stepped onto the hardwood against the UAB Blazers and took a loss by a final of 77-55 in their last contest. Troy wrapped up the game having earned a 30.5% FG percentage (18 of 59) and made 4 out of their 21 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Trojans made 15 of their 21 attempts for a rate of 71.4%. In regard to hauling in rebounds, they compiled 27 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 9 dimes for the contest in addition to earning 8 steals and 5 blocks. In reference to defense, Troy allowed their opponent to shoot 30.5% from the field on 18 of 59. UAB dished out 7 dimes and 9 steals in this contest. On top of that, the Blazers had 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. UAB finished 77.3% from the charity stripe by knocking down 17 of their 22 shots. They knocked down 6 out of their 17 attempts from three-point range.
Khalyl Waters is one player who played a lot for the contest. He recorded 14 points on 4 of 7 shooting. He saw the court for 20 minutes and also collected 2 boards. Waters walked away from this one shooting 57.1% from the field but had no dimes when the game ended. Another guy that played a role in this contest for the Trojans was Zay Williams. He grabbed 6 boards and had 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the field in this matchup by connecting on 6-of-12 (17 points). Overall, Williams saw the court for 31 min.
North Alabama has a win-loss record of 2-0 this season. The Lions are committing 16.0 fouls every game and they connect on 77.3% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 17.5 times per game (52nd in college hoops) and they cough up possession 8.5 times per game. North Alabama has totaled 205 points this year (102.5 per game) and they pull in 46.5 rebounds per contest. As an offensive team, the Lions are hitting on 50.0% from the floor, which is ranked 87th in the nation. The Lions on defense are ranked 22nd in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 57.0. They are forcing 20.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 36.4% from the floor (34th in college basketball). The North Alabama defense concedes 34.1% on 3-point shots (15 of 44) and their opposition knocks down 65.6% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 4.0 dimes and 31.0 boards on a nightly basis, which is 1st and 54th in Division 1.
In their last game, the North Alabama Lions went home victorious with a score of 107-40 when they faced the Carver Cougars. The Lions were able to collect 29 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 41 in this matchup. They also blocked 4 tries while recording 11 steals in this matchup. The Cougars earned 20 fouls in the game which took the Lions to the free throw line for 22 shots. They were able to knock down 16 of them for a clip of 72.7%. With respect to shooting from beyond the arc, North Alabama made 15 out of 33 tries (45.5%). When all was said and done, the Lions went 38 out of 68 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 55.9%. The Lions allowed the Cougars to make 13 of their 47 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 27.7% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 21.1% from distance by going 4 of 19 and finished the contest at 10 out of 13 from the charity stripe (76.9%). In regard to rebounding, North Alabama permitted Carver to get 24 in total (3 offensive).
Jamari Blackmon was important for the Lions in the matchup. He converted 6 out of 13 in this game giving him a rate of 46.2%, which had him sitting at 15 points. Blackmon grabbed 5 rebounds in his 25 mins played and had 3 assists in this contest. One more player who was a determining factor for North Alabama was Payton Youngblood. He notched 22 points in 27 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 out of 12 from the floor in this game. Youngblood walked away from this one going 58.3% from the floor in addition to earning 2 dimes and 5 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take North Alabama (-6)
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