UMKC Kangaroos vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 12/10/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UMKC Kangaroos vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020
Location: Williams Arena in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: UMKC (+18)
The UMKC Kangaroos (2-2) travel to Williams Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-0). UMKC opens this contest as 18-point dogs. The total is set at 138.5.
UMKC heads into this contest with a record of 2-2 for the campaign. They lose possession via turnover 14.8 times per contest and as a group they are committing 23.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, UMKC is collecting 34.8 rebounds per game and has accumulated 98 assists for the campaign, which is 10th in college basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Kangaroos are hitting 36.7% on three-point attempts (22 of 60) and 57.7% from the charity stripe. They average 91.8 points per contest (19th in D-1) while hitting 61.8% from the field. Defensively, the Kangaroos are able to force 20.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.0 personal fouls. They are conceding 28.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 110th in D-1 in opponents PPG (66.3). The Kangaroos are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 40.3% (81 of 201) and they relinquish 28.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 122nd in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 41 relinquished for the season.
The UMKC Kangaroos faced the Kansas State Wildcats and took a loss by a score of 62-58 in their last contest. UMKC ended the contest having earned a 44.9% FG percentage (22 of 49) and converted 9 of their 23 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Kangaroos converted 5 of 8 tries for a percentage of 62.5%. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they collected 18 with 6 of them being offensive. They also recorded 12 dimes in the game while earning 10 steals and 4 rejections. In reference to defense, UMKC allowed 44.9% from the floor on 22 out of 49. Kansas State distributed 11 assists and 4 steals for the game. Additionally, the Wildcats collected 31 boards (9 offensive, 22 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Kansas State went 74.1% from the free throw line by converting 20 of 27 shots. They also converted 6 out of their 13 attempts from long range.
Brandon McKissic is one guy who was a contributor for this game. He notched 24 points on 10 of 17 shooting. He played 39 mins played and also totaled 2 rebounds. McKissic finished the game at 58.8% from the field and also totaled 3 dimes. One more player that came through in this game for the Kangaroos was Marvin Nesbitt. He pulled down 5 rebounds and accounted for 3 assists. He finished the game at 75.0% from the field for this game by going 3-of-4 (8 points). When all was said and done, Nesbitt played for 36 minutes.
Minnesota has a mark of 5-0 so far this season. The Golden Gophers are committing 18.8 fouls every game and they shoot 72.3% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 17.2 times per game (58th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.8 times per game. Minnesota has totaled 415 points on the season (83.0 per contest) and they snag 39.8 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Golden Gophers are connecting on 44.4% from the field, which is 204th in the nation. The Golden Gophers on defense are ranked 163rd in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 70.6. They have given up 12.0 dimes and 38.2 boards per contest, ranking them 117th and 224th in those categories. The Minnesota defense allows 31.5% on 3-point shots (34 of 108) and their opposition knocks down 77.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 18.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.8% from the floor (99th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Minnesota Golden Gophers went home victorious with a score of 85-80 against the Boston College Eagles. The Golden Gophers pulled down 29 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 38 in the game. They also rejected 2 attempts while earning 5 steals in this matchup. The Eagles committed 24 personal fouls for the game which got the Golden Gophers to the charity stripe for 33 attempts. They were able to make 23 of the free throw tries for a rate of 69.7%. When talking about three-point shots, Minnesota knocked down 6 out of their 25 attempts (24.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Golden Gophers ended up going 28 for 64 from the field which gave them a rate of 43.8%. The Golden Gophers allowed the Eagles to make 30 of 71 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.3% for the matchup. They went 34.3% from 3-point land via 12 out of 35 and ended up going 8 of 10 from the free throw line (80.0%). When it comes to team rebounding, Minnesota permitted Boston College to snag 37 in all (7 offensive).
Marcus Carr was important for the Golden Gophers for the contest. He buried 7 of 20 for the contest giving him a rate of 35.0%, which earned him 22 points. Carr totaled 5 rebounds in his 40 minutes and had 6 dimes for the matchup. Someone else who saw a lot of action for Minnesota was Both Gach. He ended up with 16 points in 37 minutes played via 5 out of 11 from the floor for the matchup. Gach ended the game having shot 45.5% from the field in addition to collecting 3 assists and 9 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take UMKC (+18)
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