Morehead State Eagles vs West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction, 3/19/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Morehead State Eagles vs West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Morehead State (+12)
The West Virginia Mountaineers (18-9) host the Morehead State Eagles (23-7) at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday in the NCAA Tournament. West Virginia opens this game as 12-point favorites. The total has been set at 138.
Morehead State comes into this game with a mark of 23-7 this season. They are giving up possession 15.3 times per game and as a group are committing 14.4 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Morehead State is pulling down 37.5 boards per contest and is sitting with 382 assists on the year, which is 55th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Eagles are shooting 35.1% on shots from distance (197 of 562) and 68.2% from the free throw line. They have an average of 68.8 points per game (243rd in Division 1) on 46.1% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Eagles are able to force 12.3 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.0 fouls. The Eagles defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 40.4% (704 of 1,743) and they surrender 30.9 rebounds per game as a squad. They rank 274th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 350 conceded so far this year. They give up 30.7% from beyond the arc and they rank 28th in college basketball in points per game allowed (63.4).
The Morehead State Eagles faced off with the Belmont Bruins and notched a win by a score of 86-71 in their last contest. Morehead State walked away from the game with a 54.1% field goal percentage (33 of 61) and knocked down 9 of their 19 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Eagles converted 11 of 12 attempts for a rate of 91.7%. In regard to hauling in boards, they earned 36 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 15 assists in the matchup while forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and getting 3 steals. Regarding the defense, Morehead State allowed the other team to go 43.8% from the floor on 28 out of 64 shooting. Belmont recorded 17 dimes and had 5 steals for the contest. Additionally, Belmont totaled 26 rebounds (10 offensive, 16 defensive) and earned 5 rejections. Belmont went 62.5% at the free throw line by converting 5 of their 8 shots. They made 10 of their 29 attempts from beyond the perimeter.
Johni Broome is someone who had an impact in this game. He ended up scoring 27 points on 12 out of 19 shooting. He played for 29 mins and also totaled 12 rebounds. Broome finished the game at 63.2% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in the game for the Eagles was Skyelar Potter. He snagged 13 rebounds in 33 min played on the night. He went 63.6% from the field for the game by going 7-of-11 (22 points). When the game finished, Potter earned 2 assists.
West Virginia has a win-loss mark of 18-9 so far this season. As an offensive team, the Mountaineers are connecting on 42.8% from the floor, which is 249th in college hoops. West Virginia has scored 2,087 points this season (77.3 per game) and they average 38.1 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 13.8 times per contest (125th in the country) and they are giving up possession 12.1 times per contest. The Mountaineers commit 16.4 fouls per contest while shooting 71.7% from the charity stripe. The Mountaineers defensively are ranked 230th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 72.1. They are forcing 14.9 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 44.2% from the field (213th in D-1). The West Virginia defense allows 32.3% on three-point shots (195 of 603) and their opposition makes 69.4% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 13.8 dimes and 35.6 boards per game, which is ranked 241st and 215th in Division 1.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the West Virginia Mountaineers took a defeat with a final score of 72-69 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Mountaineers collected 20 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds totaling 28 for the contest. They gave up possession 15 times, while earning 13 steals for this contest. The Cowboys were called for 13 fouls in the matchup which took the Mountaineers to the charity stripe for a total of 9 shots. They were able to knock down 6 of them for a rate of 66.7%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, West Virginia knocked down 7 out of 23 attempts (30.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Mountaineers shot 28 out of 66 from the field which had them shooting 42.4%. The Mountaineers allowed the Cowboys to knock down 27 out of 61 tries from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 44.3% in the game. They finished 31.6% from 3-point land by connecting on 6 of 19 and walked away from this one shooting 12 out of 20 at the charity stripe (60.0%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, West Virginia allowed Oklahoma State to get 42 in all (14 on the offensive glass).
Miles McBride ended up having an impact for the Mountaineers in the game. He knocked down 8 of 19 for the matchup giving him a rate of 42.1%, and had 2 rebounds. McBride earned 19 points in his 37 minutes of playing time and had 6 dimes in the game. One more player that was important for West Virginia was Derek Culver. He ended up walking away with 2 dimes in 30 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 5 of 8 from the floor. Culver ended the game having shot 62.5% from the floor while also earning 11 points and 9 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Morehead State (+12)
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