UNC Wilmington Seahawks vs Norfolk State Spartans Prediction, 12/18/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UNC Wilmington Seahawks vs Norfolk State Spartans
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Location: Joseph G. Echols Hall in Norfolk, VA
Odds/Point Spread: UNC Wilmington (+1)
The Norfolk State Spartans (3-2) play the UNC Wilmington Seahawks (3-3) at Joseph G. Echols Hall on Friday. Norfolk State opens this matchup as 1-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 137.5.
UNC Wilmington enters this contest with a mark of 3-3 this season. The Seahawks are hitting 39.1% on 3-pointers (52 of 133) and 70.3% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 79.5 pts per game (80th in college hoops) while hitting 46.5% from the field. They are turning it over 13.0 times per contest and as a unit are committing 17.3 fouls every game. As a team, UNC Wilmington is collecting 32.2 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 76 assists for the year, which is 139th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. When they are on defense, the Seahawks have forced 16.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 personal fouls. They rank 260th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 85 relinquished this season. The Seahawks defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 46.3% (167 of 361) and they concede 34.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They are relinquishing 38.5% on 3-pointers and they rank 249th in the nation in PPG allowed (74.7).
The UNC Wilmington Seahawks stepped onto the hardwood against the Ole Miss Rebels and went home with a loss by a final score of 78-58 in their last contest. UNC Wilmington wrapped up the contest having earned a 41.2% FG percentage (21 out of 51) and made 9 out of their 21 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Seahawks buried 7 of their 13 attempts for a percentage of 53.8%. In regard to getting rebounds, they compiled 20 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 13 assists for this game as well as having 8 steals and 2 blocks. Concerning defending, UNC Wilmington allowed the other team to shoot 41.2% from the field on 21 out of 51. Ole Miss distributed 17 assists and 8 steals for this game. Additionally, the Rebels had 33 rebounds (10 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Ole Miss ended up going 66.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 14 of 21 attempts. They also made 4 of their 15 shots from 3-point land.
Jaylen Sims is someone who was important in this contest. He accounted for 13 points on 3 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 39 minutes and also snagged 4 rebounds. Sims finished 27.3% from the field and totaled 2 dimes. One more player that saw a lot of action in this contest for the Seahawks was Mike Okauru. He grabbed 7 rebounds and also had 4 assists. He finished the game shooting 54.5% from the field for this game by going 6-of-11 (15 points). Overall, Okauru was on the court for 32 minutes.
Norfolk State has a win-loss record of 3-2 so far this year. The Spartans commit 20.2 fouls per game and they go 67.0% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 10.6 times per game (295th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 12.6 times per contest. Norfolk State has accumulated 329 pts on the year (65.8 per contest) and they pull in 35.0 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Spartans are shooting 43.4% from the field, which is ranked 233rd in the nation. The Spartans defensively are ranked 126th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 67.0. They have conceded 11.4 assists and 38.4 rebounds per game, which ranks them 107th and 253rd in college basketball. The Norfolk State defense gives up 26.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (35 of 131) and their opposition makes 73.3% of their free throw shots. They have forced 11.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 36.3% from the field (22nd in college hoops).
For their last game, the Norfolk State Spartans took a loss by a final score of 64-47 when they faced the UNC Greensboro Spartans. The Spartans recorded 23 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 27 in this contest. They rejected 2 shots while recording 7 steals in this matchup. The Spartans were called for 19 personal fouls for this contest which got the Spartans to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to bury 13 of the free throws for a percentage of 59.1%. In terms of shots from distance, Norfolk State knocked down 2 out of 11 tries (18.2%). When this game wrapped up, the Spartans went 16 out of 47 from the field which had them at 34.0%. The Spartans allowed the Spartans to convert 22 of their 61 attempts from the field which had them shooting 36.1% for the contest. They shot 17.4% from 3-point land by shooting 4 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 16 of 25 from the free throw line (64.0%). With respect to rebounding, Norfolk State permitted UNC Greensboro to grab 40 in all (14 offensive).
Mustafa Lawrence saw the court a lot for the Spartans for this contest. He converted 2 of 9 for this game for a field goal rate of 22.2%, which had him sitting at 6 points. Lawrence pulled down 2 boards in his 39 minutes and had 2 dimes for the game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Norfolk State was DeVante Carter. He scored 14 points in his 36 minutes played via 6 out of 16 from the floor in the matchup. Carter walked away from this one going 37.5% from the field while also contributing 2 assists and 12 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Norfolk State (-1) and under 137.5 points
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