UMass Minutemen vs Ball State Cardinals Prediction, 11/21/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UMass Minutemen vs Ball State Cardinals
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Location: McArthur Center in Saint Petersburg, FL
The Ball State Cardinals (1-1) will compete against the UMass Minutemen (2-1) at McArthur Center on Sunday.
The UMass Minutemen faced off with Penn State and earned the victory with a final of 81-56 in their last contest. UMass walked away from the contest having earned a 48.1% FG percentage (26 out of 54) and made 13 of 29 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Minutemen made 16 of 23 tries for a rate of 69.6%. In relation to hauling in boards, they compiled 26 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 14 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing 14 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In relation to the defense, UMass allowed the other team to go 37.3% from the field on 19 out of 51 shooting. Penn State recorded 11 dimes and had 2 steals for this game. Furthermore, Penn State pulled down 33 rebounds (9 offensive, 24 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Penn State finished the game shooting 77.8% from the free throw line by burying 14 of 18 tries. They also buried 4 of their 15 attempts from distance. When discussing fouls, the Minutemen walked away with 18 while Penn State accounted for 18 fouls.
Trent Buttrick is a guy who was a factor for this game. He recorded 19 points on 4 out of 12 shooting. He played for 37 mins and collected 9 boards. He ended up going 33.3% from the field and also recorded 6 assists.
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UMass heads into this one with a record of 2-1 so far this year. They are losing possession via turnover 10.0 times per game and as a unit they are committing 18.3 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, UMass is pulling down 34.0 boards per game and has tallied 36 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 229th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Minutemen are shooting 36.5% on shots from 3-point land (27 of 74) and 64.9% from the free throw line. They average 76.3 points per game (147th in the nation) while shooting 43.8% from the floor.
On defense, the Minutemen are able to force 15.7 turnovers every game while drawing 19.3 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 146th in the country in allowing assists to their opponents with 33 surrendered on the campaign. The Minutemen are giving up a field goal percentage of 41.1% (72 of 175) and they surrender 37.3 boards per game as a squad. They relinquish 28.1% on shots from distance and they are 191st in college hoops in PPG allowed (69.0).
The last time they took the court, the Ball State Cardinals went home victorious with a score of 73-69 when they faced Omaha. The Cardinals were able to collect 27 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards totaling 35 in the game. They turned it over 10 times, while getting 4 steals for the contest. Omaha earned 19 personal fouls in the game which got the Cardinals to the charity stripe for a total of 27 shots. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 59.3%. In the matter of shooting from beyond the arc, Ball State converted 11 of 24 attempts (45.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Cardinals ended up shooting 23 out of 55 from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.8%. The Cardinals allowed Omaha to knock down 27 out of their 64 tries from the floor which left them shooting 42.2% in this game. They wrapped up this game 27.3% from 3-point land by connecting on 6 out of 22 and finished the contest at 9 out of 10 at the charity stripe (90.0%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Ball State permitted Omaha to get 32 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Demarius Jacobs was important for the Cardinals in the matchup. He recorded 10 points in his 33 minutes on the court and tallied 4 dimes for the contest. He knocked down 3 out of 4 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 75.0%, and earned 6 rebounds.
Ball State has a record of 1-1 on the campaign. As an offensive unit, the Cardinals are connecting on 42.9% from the field, which is 223rd in the nation. Ball State has scored 144 points on the season (72.0 per game) and they snag 37.0 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 14.5 times per game (143rd in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.0 times per game. The Cardinals are committing 15.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 54.2% from the charity stripe.
The Cardinals are ranked 280th in the country in points given up per game with 75.5. They are forcing their opponents into 10.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 47.1% from the floor (311th in the country). The Ball State defense concedes 30.2% from downtown (13 of 43) and their opponents are connecting on 72.7% of their free throw attempts. They concede 12.0 dimes and 36.5 rebounds per game, which is ranked 168th and 225th in those categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take UMass
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