UC Riverside Highlanders vs Northern Arizona Lumberjacks Prediction, 12/10/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UC Riverside Highlanders vs Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Location: J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: UC Riverside (-6)
J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome is the venue where and the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (0-1) will play the UC Riverside Highlanders (2-1) on Thursday. UC Riverside opens this game as 6-point favorites. The O/U opens at 133.5.
UC Riverside heads into this contest with a win-loss record of 2-1 this year. The Highlanders are connecting on 38.0% on three-point shots (27 of 71) and 61.0% from the free throw line. They have an average of 66.7 pts per game (235th in D-1) while connecting on 44.6% from the field. They are turning it over 14.0 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 20.7 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, UC Riverside is grabbing 37.0 boards per contest and is sitting with 43 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 191st in the nation in terms of passing the ball. Defensively, the Highlanders are able to force 11.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 15.7 personal fouls. They give up 24.5% from beyond the arc and they are 20th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (57.0). The Highlanders defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 38.3% (64 of 167) and they relinquish 29.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They rank 55th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 28 relinquished this season.
The UC Riverside Highlanders faced the Denver Pioneers and walked away with a win by a score of 83-63 in their last contest. UC Riverside wrapped up the game having earned a 51.7% field goal percentage (30 of 58) and converted 15 of 32 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Highlanders converted 8 of their 13 tries for a percentage of 61.5%. With respect to pulling down boards, they earned 35 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 17 dimes for the matchup in addition to earning 5 steals and 4 blocks. Concerning the defense, UC Riverside let their opponent shoot 51.7% from the field on 30 of 58. Denver dished out 10 dimes and 3 steals for this game. Moreover, the Pioneers snagged 23 rebounds (2 offensive, 21 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Denver finished shooting 68.8% from the free throw line by knocking down 11 of their 16 tries. They also made 4 of their 15 attempts from long range.
Zyon Pullin is one guy who was a contributor for the contest. He scored 22 points on 8 out of 10 shooting. He played for 28 mins played and collected 4 rebounds. Pullin shot 80.0% from the floor and totaled 4 assists. Someone else that played big minutes in this matchup for the Highlanders was Arinze Chidom. He grabbed 4 rebounds and earned 2 assists. He finished the contest at 44.4% from the floor in the game by going 4-of-9 (13 points). Overall, Chidom was on the court for 22 min.
Northern Arizona has a win-loss record of 0-1 so far this season. Northern Arizona has accumulated 53 pts so far this season and they grab 24 boards per game. The Lumberjacks have committed 25.0 personal fouls per game and they hit 60.0% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Lumberjacks are hitting on 30.5% from the floor, which is 352nd in college basketball. They are assisting teammates 8 times per contest (301st in D-1) and they turn it over 12 times per game. The Lumberjacks on the defensive end are ranked 305th in the nation in PPG given up with 96. The Northern Arizona defense allows 59.1% on 3-point shots (13 of 22) and their opponents are knocking down 61.3% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 21.0 dimes and 41.0 rebounds per game, which is ranked 303rd and 271st in college basketball. They are able to force 12 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 66.7% from the field (309th in D-1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 96-53 when they played the Arizona Wildcats. The Lumberjacks pulled down 13 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 20 for the game. They rejected 2 tries while earning 4 steals for the matchup. The Wildcats had 22 fouls in this contest which got the Lumberjacks to the charity stripe for 20 shots. They were able to bury 12 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 60.0%. In reference to three-point attempts, Northern Arizona buried 5 of 20 tries (25.0%). When the game finished, the Lumberjacks finished shooting 18 out of 59 from the floor which gave them a rate of 30.5%. The Lumberjacks permitted the Wildcats to make 32 out of their 48 attempts from the field which had them shooting 66.7% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 59.1% from 3-point land by hitting 13 out of 22 and ended up going 19 out of 31 from the free throw line (61.3%). In the matter of cleaning up the glass, Northern Arizona permitted Arizona to grab 38 in total (7 offensive).
Cameron Shelton played big minutes for the Lumberjacks in this contest. He knocked down 5 of 15 for this contest giving him a rate of 33.3%, which had him sitting at 15 points. Shelton collected 5 rebounds in his 33 mins and had 2 dimes for the game. Someone else who saw a lot of minutes for Northern Arizona was Luke Avdalovic. He accumulated 16 points in 32 minutes on the hardwood via 6 of 12 shooting in the matchup. Avdalovic ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor while contributing 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Northern Arizona (+6)
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