Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs South Florida Bulls Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs USF Bulls
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: Yuengling Center in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Tulsa (+1)
Yuengling Center is the site where and the USF Bulls (6-4) will take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6-3) on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has South Florida as 1-point favorites. The over/under is set at 126.5.
Tulsa comes into this contest with a mark of 6-3 this season. They turn the ball over 13.8 times per contest and as a group they are committing 17.3 fouls every game. As a unit, Tulsa is pulling in 37.4 boards per contest and has 134 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 104th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Golden Hurricane are hitting 31.0% on three-point attempts (61 of 197) and 63.4% from the free throw line. They are averaging 71.3 points per game (212th in the country) while connecting on 47.1% from the field. When they are on defense, the Golden Hurricane are able to force 15.2 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. The Golden Hurricane defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 36.4% (188 of 516) and they concede 35.9 rebounds per contest as a team. They rank 161st in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 102 relinquished this season. They are surrendering 31.3% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 28th in college basketball in points per game allowed (61.2).
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane played the Cincinnati Bearcats and took home the win by a score of 70-66 in their last contest. Tulsa ended the contest with a 56.8% FG percentage (25 of 44) and made 5 of 18 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Golden Hurricane made 15 of their 19 attempts for a rate of 78.9%. With respect to rebounding, they collected 27 with 2 of them being offensive. They also doled out 16 dimes in this contest in addition to having 3 steals and 6 rejections. Concerning defending, Tulsa allowed the other team to shoot 56.8% from the field on 25 out of 44 shooting. Cincinnati dished out 11 dimes and had 5 steals in the matchup. In addition, the Bearcats snagged 27 boards (11 offensive, 16 defensive) and had 6 rejections. Cincinnati went 66.7% from the charity stripe by making 18 of 27 shots. They also made 6 out of their 19 attempts from distance.
Brandon Rachal is one guy who played a role in this game. He left the arena with 25 points on 8 out of 11 shooting. He played 38 minutes and snagged 13 rebounds. Rachal walked away from this one shooting 72.7% from the floor and distributed 3 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in this matchup for the Golden Hurricane was Rey Idowu. He collected 4 rebounds and also tallied 2 assists. He ended up going 87.5% from the floor in this matchup by connecting on 7-of-8 (16 points). When all was said and done, Idowu was on the hardwood for 24 minutes.
South Florida has a record of 6-4 for the season. The Bulls are committing 18.0 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 60.7% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.0 times per contest (260th in the nation) and they turn it over 14.5 times per contest. South Florida has scored 703 pts this season (70.3 per contest) and they grab 39.4 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Bulls are connecting on 43.6% from the field, which has them ranked 214th in Division 1. The Bulls on the defensive end are ranked 165th in the country in PPG given up with 69.1. The South Florida defense surrenders 28.9% on shots from beyond the arc (69 of 239) and opponents are converting on 71.9% of their free throw shots. They have given up 14.1 assists and 32.0 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 250th and 65th in those categories on the defensive end. They are forcing 13.5 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.6% from the field (213th in college basketball).
When they last played, the USF Bulls took home the win by a final score of 68-61 against the UCF Knights. The Bulls collected 23 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 33 for the matchup. They also blocked 5 tries while earning 5 steals in this game. The Knights earned 14 fouls in the game which got the Bulls to the free throw line for a total of 18 tries. They were able to convert 9 of them for a percentage of 50.0%. In relation to shooting from 3-point land, South Florida buried 7 of 19 attempts (36.8%). In all, the Bulls walked away from this one shooting 26 out of 60 from the floor which had them at 43.3%. The Bulls permitted the Knights to make 24 of 53 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 45.3% in this matchup. They went 36.8% from distance by shooting 7 out of 19 and walked away from this one shooting 6 out of 10 at the charity stripe (60.0%). When it comes to rebounding, South Florida permitted UCF to snag 29 in all (5 on the offensive glass).
David Collins pitched in for the Bulls in the game. He buried 6 out of 14 in the game for a rate of 42.9%, which had him sitting at 19 points. Collins snagged 8 boards in his 35 mins and had 7 dimes in this matchup. Another guy who was a determining factor for South Florida was Alexis Yetna. He ended up finishing with 10 points in 25 minutes played via 4 out of 12 from the floor for the matchup. Yetna ended the game having shot 33.3% from the field and also contributing 2 dimes and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Tulsa (+1)
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