Weber State Wildcats vs BYU Cougars Prediction, 12/23/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Weber State Wildcats vs BYU Cougars
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Weber State (+13.5)
Vivint Smart Home Arena is the site where and the BYU Cougars (8-2) will play the Weber State Wildcats (3-2) on Wednesday. The odds on this matchup have BYU as 13.5-point favorites. The total is set at 142.5.
Weber State comes into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 3-2 so far this season. The Wildcats are hitting 35.2% on three-point attempts (37 of 105) and 79.8% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 79.6 points per contest (81st in the country) while connecting on 45.7% from the field. They are turning it over 15.6 times per game and as a unit they commit 18.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Weber State is snagging 34.2 boards per game and has tallied 78 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 201st in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Wildcats have forced 17.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 23.2 personal fouls. They concede 32.2% on 3-pointers and they are 153rd in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (68.6). The Wildcats defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 38.8% (119 of 307) and they relinquish 37.2 boards per game as a basketball team. They currently rank 84th in D-1 in giving up assists with 59 surrendered for the season.
The Weber State Wildcats faced the Portland State Vikings and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 74-72 in their last game. Weber State finished the game with a 47.3% field goal percentage (26 of 55) and knocked down 1 of their 11 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 19 of their 27 shots for a percentage of 70.4%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they collected 23 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 18 assists in the game while earning 9 steals and 4 rejections. Pertaining to defense, Weber State allowed their opponent to shoot 47.3% from the floor on 26 of 55. Portland State distributed 10 dimes and 10 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Vikings collected 33 rebounds (11 offensive, 22 defensive) and got 4 blocks. Portland State finished the contest at 69.6% from the charity stripe by making 16 of 23 shots. They buried 8 out of their 22 attempts from 3-point range.
Isiah Brown is one player who was a major factor in the matchup. He accounted for 15 points on 6 out of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 mins and also pulled down 5 rebounds. Brown finished 35.3% from the field and dished out 4 assists. An additional guy that saw a lot of court time in the game for the Wildcats was Zahir Porter. He snagged 5 boards and also earned 5 dimes. He finished the game at 28.6% from the field for the contest by shooting 2-of-7 (13 points). At the conclusion of this game, Porter was on the court for 37 minutes.
BYU has a win-loss record of 8-2 for the year. The Cougars are committing 18.6 fouls per game and they shoot 68.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 18.2 times per game (30th in the nation) and they turn it over 14.9 times per game. BYU has accumulated 781 pts on the year (78.1 per game) and they snag 39.1 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Cougars are hitting on 47.4% from the floor, which ranks them 102nd in the country. The Cougars are ranked 110th in Division 1 in points given up per game with 66.2. They are able to force 14.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 39.9% from the field (89th in college hoops). The BYU defense surrenders 33.1% on shots from beyond the arc (57 of 172) and their opponents are knocking down 67.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 11.7 assists and 34.8 rebounds every game, which ranks them 113th and 158th in college hoops.
In their last game, the BYU Cougars took home the win by a final score of 87-71 when they faced the Texas Southern Tigers. The Cougars were able to snag 22 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 31 in this matchup. They also blocked 3 shots while recording 7 steals in this game. The Tigers earned 21 personal fouls for the game which got the Cougars to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to bury 12 of the free throws for a rate of 63.2%. In regard to shots from beyond the arc, BYU knocked down 11 out of 29 attempts (37.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Cougars finished the game shooting 32 out of 66 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.5%. The Cougars allowed the Tigers to bury 25 out of 61 attempts from the field which had them at 41.0% in this matchup. They finished 12.5% from three-point range by connecting on 2 of 16 and finished the game at 19 of 21 from the free throw line (90.5%). In relation to how they cleaned up the glass, BYU allowed Texas Southern to snag 39 in all (12 offensive).
Alex Barcello played a lot for the Cougars in this matchup. He converted 4 out of 8 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which gave him 10 points. Barcello pulled down 4 rebounds in his 34 mins played and earned 10 assists for this game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for BYU was Brandon Averette. He accumulated 30 points in 33 minutes on the hardwood by going 10 of 19 from the floor for the game. Averette finished going 52.6% from the floor and also contributing 2 assists and 5 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take BYU (-13.5) and over 142.5 points
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