Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Louisville Cardinals Prediction, 12/1/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Louisville Cardinals
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Location: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
TV: ACC Network
Odds/Point Spread: Western Kentucky (+6.5)
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (2-1) are headed to KFC Yum! Center on Tuesday where they'll meet the Louisville Cardinals (3-0). The spread on this contest has Louisville as 6.5-point favorites. The total opens at 141.5.
Western Kentucky heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 2-1 on the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.3 times per contest and as a team they commit 15.7 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Western Kentucky is collecting 37.7 boards per contest and has accounted for 39 assists this year, which is 46th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Hilltoppers are hitting 31.0% on three-point shots (18 of 58) and 82.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 77.3 points per game (109th in college basketball) while connecting on 44.8% from the field. Defensively, the Hilltoppers are forcing 12.3 turnovers per game while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are currently ranked 334th in the country in giving up assists to their opponents with 43 surrendered so far this season. The Hilltoppers defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 43.5% (81 of 186) and they surrender 32.7 boards per game as a unit. They concede 47.9% on three-point shots while they are 274th in D-1 in opponents points per game (75.3).
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers faced the West Virginia Mountaineers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 70-64 in their last contest. Western Kentucky walked away from the game having earned a 43.5% field goal percentage (27 out of 62) and buried 4 of their 17 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Hilltoppers made 6 of 8 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. When talking about grabbing boards, they compiled 26 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 13 assists for this game in addition to having 4 steals and 3 blocks. Regarding the defense, Western Kentucky let their opponent shoot 43.5% from the floor on 27 out of 62. West Virginia totaled 12 assists and 3 steals for this game. Furthurmore, the Mountaineers grabbed 31 rebounds (7 offensive, 24 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. West Virginia finished shooting 78.9% from the charity stripe by burying 15 of 19 attempts. They also knocked down 5 out of their 12 tries from three-point range.
Taveion Hollingsworth is one player who saw a lot of action for the matchup. He ended up with 13 points on 5 out of 13 shooting. He played 31 mins and totaled 3 boards. Hollingsworth walked away from this one shooting 38.5% from the field and dished out 3 assists. An additional guy that saw a lot of action in this contest for the Hilltoppers was Carson Williams. He grabbed 5 boards and also collected 3 dimes. He ended up shooting 44.4% from the floor for this game by shooting 4-of-9 (10 points). When all was said and done, Williams played 31 min.
Louisville has a record of 3-0 this season. The Cardinals are committing 19.3 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 75.0% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 14.7 times per contest (105th in the nation) and they turn it over 10.7 times per contest. Louisville has totaled 236 pts so far this season (78.7 per contest) and they collect 40.3 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Cardinals are connecting on 53.5% from the field, which ranks them 26th in Division 1. The Cardinals on the defensive side of the court are 143rd in college hoops in points given up per game with 59.3. They allow 9.7 assists and 30.0 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 159th and 141st in the nation. The Louisville defense allows 29.2% from downtown (21 of 72) and their opponents are knocking down 60.3% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 9.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 34.3% from the floor (120th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Louisville Cardinals went home victorious with a score of 86-64 when they played the Prairie View A&M Panthers. The Cardinals earned 25 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 33 for this contest. They also rejected 3 attempts while recording 3 steals in this matchup. The Panthers were called for 27 fouls in the matchup which got the Cardinals to the charity stripe for a total of 32 tries. They were able to knock down 24 of the free throw tries for a rate of 75.0%. With regard to 3-point shots, Louisville knocked down 6 of their 17 attempts (35.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Cardinals shot 28 out of 46 from the field which gave them a percentage of 60.9%. The Cardinals permitted the Panthers to make 22 out of their 56 tries from the field which left them shooting 39.3% in this game. They shot 39.1% from 3-point land by shooting 9 out of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 11 of 20 from the free throw line (55.0%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, Louisville allowed Prairie View A&M to get 27 in all (15 offensive).
David Johnson ended up being important for the Cardinals for the contest. He made 6 of 10 for this game for a rate of 60.0%, which had him sitting at 19 points. Johnson snagged 3 boards in his 37 mins played and totaled 6 assists in this game. One more player who was a determining factor for Louisville was Dre Davis. He ended up with 12 points in 36 minutes on the court by going 3 out of 7 from the floor for the game. Davis ended up shooting 42.9% from the floor while also earning 2 assists and 6 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Louisville (-6.5) and under 141.5 points
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