UNC Asheville Bulldogs vs Chattanooga Mocs Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UNC Asheville Bulldogs vs Chattanooga Spartans
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, TN
Odds/Point Spread: UNC Asheville (+6)
The UNC Asheville Bulldogs (3-2) travel to McKenzie Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Chattanooga Mocs (6-0). UNC Asheville opens this matchup as 6-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 147.
UNC Asheville will take the court with a mark of 3-2 on the season. They are losing possession via turnover 17.8 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 21.6 fouls every game. As a unit, UNC Asheville is collecting 37.4 boards per game and has earned 80 dimes so far this year, which is 90th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Bulldogs are hitting 35.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (43 of 122) and 58.1% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 79.2 pts per game (89th in the nation) while hitting 49.5% from the field. On defense, the Bulldogs are forcing 15.4 turnovers per game and they draw 18.8 personal fouls. They currently rank 189th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 63 surrendered for the year. The Bulldogs defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 43.4% (132 of 304) and they surrender 36.2 rebounds per game as a group. They give up 21.3% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 221st in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (73.2).
The UNC Asheville Bulldogs took the court against the High Point Panthers and walked away with a win by a score of 90-84 in their last game. UNC Asheville finished the game having earned a 55.6% field goal percentage (30 out of 54) and made 12 of 28 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Bulldogs converted 18 of their 26 shots for a rate of 69.2%. In the matter of hauling in boards, they earned a total of 27 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 20 assists for the game in addition to earning 11 steals and 4 blocks. Regarding defending, UNC Asheville allowed 55.6% from the floor on 30 of 54. High Point totaled 14 assists and 9 steals in this game. On top of that, the Panthers snagged 31 boards (12 offensive, 19 defensive) and had 4 rejections. High Point finished the contest at 70.8% from the charity stripe by knocking down 17 of 24 tries. They made 5 of 16 attempts from long range.
LJ Thorpe is someone who had an impact in the game. He finished with 18 points on 6 out of 9 shooting. He played for 34 minutes played and snagged 6 rebounds. Thorpe finished shooting 66.7% from the field and distributed 6 assists. Someone else that played big minutes in this contest for the Bulldogs was Tajion Jones. He had 3 rebounds and tallied 2 assists. He shot 46.2% from the field for the contest by going 6-of-13 (19 points). In all, Jones was on the court for 35 min.
Chattanooga has a win-loss record of 6-0 for the year. As an offensive unit, the Mocs are shooting 45.8% from the floor, which is ranked 155th in college basketball. Chattanooga has totaled 478 points so far this year (79.7 per contest) and they average 37.7 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.0 times per contest (195th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 13.3 times per contest. The Mocs commit 14.8 personal fouls every game while shooting 77.4% from the free throw line. The Mocs on the defensive end are ranked 90th in D-1 in PPG surrendered with 65.0. They concede 13.3 assists and 32.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 193rd and 74th in those defensive categories. The Chattanooga defense allows 28.7% on 3-point shots (29 of 101) and opponents are making 60.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 16.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.8% from the field (260th in college hoops).
When they last played, the Chattanooga Mocs walked away with a victory by a final of 81-63 when they played the North Georgia Nighthawks. The Mocs were able to pull down 25 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 32 in the matchup. They also rejected 2 shots while recording 8 steals in this contest. The Nighthawks earned 23 personal fouls for this game which took the Mocs to the charity stripe for 20 attempts. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throws for a rate of 80.0%. Pertaining to shooting from 3-point land, Chattanooga buried 7 of their 21 tries (33.3%). Overall, the Mocs finished shooting 29 out of 57 from the floor which had them at 50.9%. The Mocs permitted the Nighthawks to knock down 27 of their 59 tries from the field which left them with a rate of 45.8% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 11.8% from beyond the perimeter via 2 out of 17 and ended up shooting 7 of 11 from the free throw line (63.6%). With respect to cleaning the glass, Chattanooga permitted North Georgia to pull down 26 overall (4 on the offensive glass).
Malachi Smith saw a lot of time on the hardwood for the Mocs for the contest. He converted 8 out of 21 in this contest giving him a rate of 38.1%, which gave him 19 points. Smith totaled 13 rebounds in his 38 minutes and accounted for 2 assists in the game. Someone else that ended up coming through for Chattanooga was A.J. Caldwell. He notched 15 points in 35 minutes on the hardwood by way of 6 of 7 from the floor in the matchup. Caldwell finished going 85.7% from the field in addition to earning 2 assists and 7 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Chattanooga (-6) and under 147 points
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