Toledo Rockets vs Richmond Spiders Prediction, 3/17/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toledo Rockets vs Richmond Spiders
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Location: UNT Coliseum in Denton, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Toledo (+2.5)
The Toledo Rockets (21-8) go to UNT Coliseum on Wednesday where they'll take on the Richmond Spiders (13-8) in the NIT. Richmond opens this game as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 155.
Toledo enters this one with a mark of 21-8 for the campaign. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.0 times per game and as a unit they commit 15.3 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Toledo is pulling down 37.8 rebounds per game and has earned 465 assists this season, which is 7th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Rockets are hitting 37.7% on three-point attempts (308 of 817) and 77.9% from the charity stripe. They average 81.6 points per game (14th in the country) while connecting on 45.8% from the field. When they are on defense, the Rockets are forcing 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.7 personal fouls. They are surrendering 29.5% on shots from downtown and they are 241st in Division 1 in PPG allowed (72.5). The Rockets defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 42.4% (784 of 1,850) and they relinquish 37.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They are ranked 285th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 359 surrendered for the year.
The Toledo Rockets took the court against the Ohio Bobcats and ended up losing by a score of 87-80 in their last contest. Toledo ended having earned a 47.7% FG percentage (31 out of 65) and converted 6 of 29 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Rockets made 12 of their 14 tries for a percentage of 85.7%. When talking about rebounding, they earned 30 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 10 assists in this game while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and getting 5 steals. When it comes to the defense, Toledo allowed the other team to shoot 48.6% from the field on 35 out of 72 shooting. Ohio dished out 18 assists and had 3 steals in this matchup. In addition, Ohio pulled down 38 rebounds (14 offensive, 24 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Ohio went 57.1% at the free throw line by burying 8 of 14 attempts. They also made 9 out of their 25 shots from long range.
Marreon Jackson is one guy who was a contributor in the game. He accounted for 29 points on 11 of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 38 mins and also grabbed 1 board. Jackson went 57.9% from the floor and also dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this game for the Rockets was Setric Millner. He snagged 9 rebounds in 35 minutes on the court. He finished the game shooting 52.4% from the floor in the matchup by going 11-of-21 (26 points). When all was said and done, Millner accounted for 2 assists.
Richmond has a win-loss mark of 13-8 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Spiders are hitting on 47.4% from the field, which is ranked 49th in D-1. Richmond has accounted for 1,574 pts on the season (75.0 per contest) and they grab 30.2 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 14.5 times per game (87th in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 10.6 times per game. The Spiders are responsible for committing 15.2 personal fouls every game and they hit 73.0% from the free throw line. The Spiders are ranked 143rd in D-1 in points given up per game with 69.2. They are forcing 15.3 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.3% from the field (294th in college hoops). The Richmond defense allows 32.0% on 3-point shots (136 of 425) and their opponents are making 68.0% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 12.0 dimes and 35.0 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 102nd and 178th in those categories on the defensive end.
The last time they took the court, the Richmond Spiders walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 67-62 against the Duquesne Dukes. The Spiders earned 28 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 34 for this game. They also turned the ball over 16 times, while earning 10 steals in the game. The Dukes earned 18 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Spiders to the charity stripe for 31 tries. They were able to convert 21 of the free throws for a percentage of 67.7%. When it comes to shots from beyond the perimeter, Richmond converted 5 of 18 attempts (27.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Spiders walked away from this one shooting 18 out of 51 from the floor which had them shooting 35.3%. The Spiders allowed the Dukes to knock down 26 of their 58 tries from the field which had them sitting at 44.8% in this contest. They shot 33.3% from distance by shooting 5 out of 15 and walked away from this one shooting 10 out of 20 at the charity stripe (50.0%). With respect to rebounding, Richmond permitted Duquesne to get 34 overall (8 offensive).
Tyler Burton ended up being a major contributor for the Spiders for this contest. He buried 6 out of 15 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 40.0%, and had 11 rebounds. Burton racked up 18 points in his 36 mins of playing time, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes. One more player who came through for Richmond was Jacob Gilyard. He ended up finishing with 4 dimes in his 40 minutes on the hardwood, and he shot 3 out of 12 from the floor. Gilyard wrapped this one up going 25.0% from the floor and also earning 12 points and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toledo (+2.5)
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