Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles Prediction, 12/31/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Location: Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg, MS
TV: Youtube TV
Reed Green Coliseum is where the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (11-2) will try to defeat the Appalachian State Mountaineers (7-6) on Saturday.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers stepped onto the hardwood against UC Santa Barbara and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 61-50 in their last game. Appalachian State walked away from the contest having earned a 39.2% field goal percentage (20 out of 51) and knocked down 3 of 14 shots from downtown. At the charity stripe, the Mountaineers made 7 of 14 tries for a rate of 50.0%. With respect to pulling down rebounds, they compiled a total of 28 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 9 assists for the matchup while forcing 11 turnovers and having 2 steals. In the matter of defense, Appalachian State allowed the other team to go 38.6% from the floor on 22 out of 57 shooting. UC Santa Barbara distributed 9 dimes and had 9 steals for the contest. In addition, UC Santa Barbara had 39 rebounds (12 offensive, 27 defensive), but didn't have a block. UC Santa Barbara ended up going 81.3% at the charity stripe by making 13 of 16 attempts. They converted 4 of their 17 attempts from beyond the arc. Regarding personal fouls, the Mountaineers ended up finishing with 20 and UC Santa Barbara totaled 15 personal fouls.
Tyree Boykin is a guy who was important in this game. He was able to score 14 points on 4 out of 6 shooting. He saw the court for 28 minutes played and also pulled down 6 boards. He finished the game shooting 66.7% from the floor but had no dimes when the game ended.
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Appalachian State comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 7-6 on the season. They are losing possession via turnover 11.9 times per game and as a team are committing 14.8 fouls per game. As a team, Appalachian State is grabbing 37.6 rebounds per game and has earned 187 dimes on the year, which is 114th in the nation in terms of passing. The Mountaineers are shooting 34.2% on three-point attempts (110 of 322) and 71.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 77.4 points per contest (90th in the country) while shooting 46.8% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Mountaineers are forcing 14.8 turnovers every game while drawing 16.4 fouls. They are conceding 32.7% on 3-point shots and they are 61st in college hoops in opponents points per game (63.5). The Mountaineers are allowing an opponent FG percentage of 38.3% (294 of 767) and they surrender 35.1 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They currently rank 139th in college basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 150 conceded on the year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles took a loss by a score of 74-63 when they faced UNLV. The Golden Eagles recorded 29 defensive boards and 16 offensive boards for a total of 45 for the game. They also coughed up the ball 25 times, while getting 6 steals for the game. UNLV was called for 16 personal fouls for the contest which took the Golden Eagles to the free throw line for a total of 15 tries. They were able to convert 11 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 73.3%. When it comes to 3-point shots, Southern Miss made 2 of their 19 tries (10.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Golden Eagles ended up going 25 out of 58 from the floor which had them shooting 43.1%. The Golden Eagles permitted UNLV to convert 21 out of their 63 attempts from the field which left them shooting 33.3% in this matchup. They shot 33.3% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 8 of 24 and ended up going 24 of 33 from the charity stripe (72.7%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Southern Miss allowed UNLV to collect 36 in total (15 on the offensive side).
DeAndre Pinckney was important for the Golden Eagles in the matchup. He had 23 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood, but wasn't able to notch an assist. He converted 10 of 18 for the contest for a rate of 55.6%, and totaled 13 rebounds.
Southern Miss has a win-loss record of 11-2 for the season. The Golden Eagles commit 16.9 fouls every game and they connect on 66.8% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 15.9 times per game (53rd in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 11.9 times per game. Southern Miss has earned 1,028 pts this season (79.1 per game) and they pull down 38.9 rebounds per contest. When it comes to executing on offense, the Golden Eagles are shooting 47.7% from the floor, which ranks 57th in college basketball.
The Golden Eagles on the defensive end are ranked 24th in the nation in points allowed per contest with 60.7. They are able to force 17.5 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 39.4% from the floor (41st in college hoops). The Southern Miss defense gives up 30.3% on 3-point shots (87 of 287) and opponents are converting on 68.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 10.7 assists and 32.5 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 58th and 101st in those categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Southern Miss
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