Eastern Michigan Eagles vs South Carolina Gamecocks Prediction, 12/30/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Eastern Michigan Eagles vs South Carolina Gamecocks
Date: Friday, December 30, 2022
Location: Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC
The South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6) will try to beat the Eastern Michigan Eagles (3-9) at Colonial Life Arena on Friday.
The Eastern Michigan Eagles took the court against Detroit and went home with a win by a final score of 79-77 in their last contest. Eastern Michigan ended with a 40.0% FG percentage (24 out of 60) and converted 8 of their 17 shots from downtown. At the free throw line, the Eagles converted 23 of their 26 tries for a rate of 88.5%. When talking about hauling in boards, they compiled 32 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 12 assists for the contest while forcing 16 turnovers and earning 12 steals. In terms of defense, Eastern Michigan allowed their opponent to shoot 38.8% from the floor on 26 out of 67 shooting. Detroit earned 12 assists and had 8 steals in the game. Moreover, Detroit snagged 38 rebounds (13 offensive, 25 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Detroit finished 86.7% from the charity stripe by making 13 of their 15 tries. They also buried 12 of 34 attempts from 3-point range. When it comes to fouls, the Eagles ended up with 19 and Detroit racked up 18 fouls.
Tyson Acuff is one guy who was a major contributor in this matchup. He recorded 19 points on 6 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 minutes played and also collected 2 rebounds. He finished shooting 46.2% from the field and distributed 6 assists.
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Eastern Michigan heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 3-9 so far this season. They turn it over 11.6 times per contest and as a squad they commit 20.5 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Eastern Michigan is pulling in 31.5 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 124 assists for the season, which is 352nd in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Eagles are hitting 35.8% on shots from downtown (81 of 226) and 75.9% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 74.9 points per game (141st in college basketball) while connecting on 44.7% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Eagles are able to force 13.1 turnovers every game while drawing 16.8 fouls. They are giving up 34.7% from beyond the arc while they are 357th in college basketball in PPG allowed (81.3). The Eagles are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 49.9% (343 of 688) and they relinquish 35.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are 121st in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 145 surrendered on the year.
In their last game, the South Carolina Gamecocks took home the win by a final score of 65-58 when they played Western Kentucky. When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, South Carolina allowed Western Kentucky to grab 29 in total (5 offensive). They finished shooting 13.6% from three-point range by shooting 3 of 22 and finished the contest at 15 out of 25 from the free throw line (60.0%). The Gamecocks permitted Western Kentucky to convert 20 of 55 tries from the floor which had them shooting 36.4% in the game. When this game wrapped up, the Gamecocks ended up going 22 for 64 from the field which had them shooting 34.4%. When it comes to shooting from downtown, South Carolina buried 9 of 28 attempts (32.1%). They were able to convert 12 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 48.0%. Western Kentucky committed 18 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Gamecocks to the charity stripe for 25 shots. They also turned the ball over 9 times, while getting 2 steals for the game. The Gamecocks collected 34 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive rebounds totaling 50 for this game.
Meechie Johnson Jr. was important for the Gamecocks in the matchup. He earned 25 points in his 35 mins of playing time and had 1 assist in the matchup. He buried 8 out of 16 in the game giving him a rate of 50.0%, and had 6 rebounds.
South Carolina has a record of 6-6 on the year. The Gamecocks are committing 15.6 fouls per contest while shooting 60.3% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 11.4 times per game (321st in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 13.0 times per game. South Carolina has totaled 769 points so far this season (64.1 per game) and they collect 36.3 rebounds per contest. As an offensive unit, the Gamecocks are connecting on 40.0% from the field, which is ranked 347th in the country.
The South Carolina defense surrenders 34.8% on shots from beyond the arc (87 of 250) and their opposition makes 64.8% of their free throw shots. They concede 14.3 assists and 33.3 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 290th and 137th in college basketball. The Gamecocks on defense are ranked 209th in the nation in PPG allowed with 69.5. They are able to force 11.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.4% from the floor (331st in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Eastern Michigan
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