Howard Bison vs Kentucky Wildcats Prediction, 11/7/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Howard Bison vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Monday, November 7, 2022
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
The Howard Bison (16-13 last season) are en route to Rupp Arena on Monday where they will take on the Kentucky Wildcats (26-8 last year).
The Howard Bison faced Coppin State and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 59-57 in their last game of last year. Howard walked away from the contest having earned a 29.5% field goal percentage (18 out of 61) and made 3 of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Bison converted 18 of their 23 shots for a rate of 78.3%. With respect to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 50 with 20 of them being offensive. They also doled out 7 dimes in the game while forcing the other team into 16 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Howard let their opponent shoot 39.3% from the field on 22 of 56 shooting. Coppin State dished out 11 assists and had 9 steals for this game. In addition, Coppin State grabbed 25 rebounds (5 offensive, 20 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Coppin State finished shooting 63.6% at the charity stripe by burying 7 of 11 tries. They buried 8 out of their 23 shots from 3-point range. When it comes to personal fouls, the Bison finished with 12 and Coppin State finished the game with 20 personal fouls.
Steve Settle is a guy who was a factor in the matchup. He finished the game shooting 38.5% from the field but wasn't able to get a dime. He was on the court for 34 minutes played and totaled 12 rebounds. He left the arena with 16 points on 5 of 13 shooting.
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Howard enters this one after finishing with a record of 16-13 last season. They lost possession by turning the ball over 14.8 times per game and as a group committed 18.1 fouls every game. As a squad, Howard grabbed 34.4 boards per game and earned 418 assists over the course of last year, which had them ranked 171st in the nation in terms of passing the rock. The Bison shot 35.9% on shots from distance (245 of 683) and 74.5% from the free throw line. They averaged 76.4 points per outing (47th in D-1) while going 43.9% from the floor.
Defensively, the Bison forced 17.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they drew 18.2 personal fouls. They gave up 33.0% from beyond the arc and they ranked 192nd in college hoops in PPG allowed (69.6). The Bison defense allowed an opponent FG percentage of 42.7% (718 of 1,682) and they relinquished 36.8 boards per contest as a group. They were 54th in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 342 surrendered throughout last year.
When they last played last year, the Kentucky Wildcats walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 85-79 when they faced St. Peter's. The Wildcats pulled down 22 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 34 in this contest. They turned the ball over 12 times, while getting 6 steals in this contest. St. Peter's committed 25 personal fouls for the contest which got the Wildcats to the free throw line for a total of 35 attempts. They were able to knock down 23 of those for a rate of 65.7%. Regarding shots from downtown, Kentucky made 4 out of 15 tries (26.7%). When this game wrapped up, the Wildcats finished 26 for 61 from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.6%. The Wildcats allowed St. Peter's to knock down 29 of their 57 attempts from the floor which left them with a rate of 50.9% for this game. They finished the game shooting 52.9% from 3-point land by shooting 9 out of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 18 of 21 from the free throw line (85.7%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Kentucky allowed St. Peter's to collect 31 in total (5 offensive).
Oscar Tshiebwe ended up having an impact for the Wildcats in this matchup. He made 11 of 16 for this contest for a field goal rate of 68.8%, and had 16 rebounds. He racked up 30 points in his 43 mins on the court and had 2 assists in this game.
Kentucky had a win-loss record of 26-8 last season. When it comes to offense, the Wildcats hit 48.3% from the floor, which was ranked 13th in the nation. Kentucky had 2,701 pts last year (79.4 per game) and they averaged 40.1 rebounds per contest. They earned an assist 16.1 times per contest (16th in college basketball) and they turned the ball over 11.6 times per game. The Wildcats were responsible for committing 14.3 fouls per game and they connected on 72.6% from the charity stripe.
The Wildcats were ranked 101st in college hoops in PPG allowed with 66.6. They forced 12.2 turnovers per game and allowed teams to shoot 41.4% from the floor (77th in the nation). The Kentucky defense allowed 30.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (223 of 723) and their opponents made 72.1% of their free throw attempts. They surrendered 11.5 dimes and 30.4 boards every game, ranking them 91st and 16th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kentucky
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