UL Monroe Warhawks vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Prediction, 12/3/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UL Monroe Warhawks vs Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Location: Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, LA
Odds/Point Spread: UL Monroe (+12.5)
Thomas Assembly Center is the venue where and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-0) will take on the UL Monroe Warhawks (0-0) on Thursday. The spread on this game has Louisiana Tech as 12.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 139.
UL Monroe comes into this one after finishing with a win-loss mark of 9-20 last season. They had an average of 63.1 points per outing (222nd in the country) on 42.0% from the field. The Warhawks hit on 33.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (180 of 539) and 68.2% from the charity stripe. As a team, UL Monroe grabbed 33.8 rebounds per game and accounted for 336 dimes over the course of last season, which had them ranked 4th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They turned it over 13.6 times per contest and as a group committed 16.8 personal fouls per contest. On the defensive end of the court, the Warhawks forced their opponents into 11.5 turnovers every game while drawing 16.9 personal fouls. They were ranked 272nd in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 359 conceded throughout last season. The Warhawks gave up a shooting percentage of 41.8% (685 of 1,639) and they relinquished 34.8 boards per game as a group. They relinquished 31.5% on 3-point attempts while they were 117th in the country in opponents points per game (67.4).
The UL Monroe Warhawks faced off with the Appalachian State Mountaineers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 61-57 in their last contest. UL Monroe ended the game having earned a 36.1% FG percentage (22 of 61) and made 3 out of their 18 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Warhawks converted 10 of their 12 attempts for a percentage of 83.3%. When it comes to grabbing boards, they earned a total of 41 with 14 of them being offensive. They also recorded 11 assists in the matchup in addition to earning 5 steals and 2 blocked shots. With respect to defense, UL Monroe allowed their opponent to shoot 36.1% from the floor on 22 out of 61. Appalachian State recorded 8 dimes and 7 steals for the game. In addition, the Mountaineers had 27 boards (4 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Appalachian State ended up going 68.2% from the charity stripe by making 15 of their 22 shots. They made 4 out of their 16 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Michael Ertel is one player who was important for the game. He walked away with 10 points on 3 of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 40 minutes played and also snagged 6 boards. Ertel finished shooting 20.0% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes. One more player that saw the court a lot in this game for the Warhawks was Tyree White. He grabbed 11 boards and also earned 6 assists. He went 36.8% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 7-of-19 (16 points). When all was said and done, White saw the court for 37 minutes.
Louisiana Tech has a record of 2-0 for the season. As an offense, the Bulldogs are connecting on 47.5% from the field, which ranks 169th in Division 1. Louisiana Tech has tallied 167 pts on the campaign (83.5 per contest) and they collect 40.0 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 14.5 times per game (112th in the country) and they turn the ball over 11.5 times per contest. The Bulldogs are committing 17.0 fouls per contest while shooting 73.8% from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs on defense are ranked 179th in D-1 in PPG given up with 74.0. The Louisiana Tech defense gives up 42.2% on 3-point attempts (19 of 45) and opponents are connecting on 70.0% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 12.0 dimes and 39.5 total rebounds per game, ranking them 130th and 205th in college hoops. They are forcing their opponents into 10.0 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.7% from the floor (89th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs walked away with a victory by a final of 91-77 against the Northwestern State Demons. The Bulldogs collected 26 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 34 for the game. They turned away 2 tries while getting 5 steals for the contest. The Demons committed 21 fouls for the matchup which took the Bulldogs to the charity stripe for a total of 25 tries. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throws for a rate of 80.0%. In relation to 3-point shots, Louisiana Tech buried 11 of 23 tries (47.8%). Overall, the Bulldogs shot 30 out of 58 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.7%. The Bulldogs permitted the Demons to make 28 of their 66 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.4% for this game. They shot 50.0% from downtown by going 10 out of 20 and finished the contest at 11 out of 15 at the charity stripe (73.3%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Louisiana Tech permitted Northwestern State to collect 31 overall (11 offensive).
Kalob Ledoux ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Bulldogs for this contest. He converted 6 out of 8 for the game for a field goal percentage of 75.0%, which had him sitting at 23 points. Ledoux had 5 rebounds in his 34 mins and tallied 2 assists in this game. One more player that ended being a contributor for Louisiana Tech was Isaiah Crawford. He was able to score 19 points in his 31 minutes on the court by way of 7 out of 12 shooting in this matchup. Crawford ended the game having shot 58.3% from the floor in addition to earning 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take UL Monroe (+12.5)
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