Nicholls State Colonels vs BYU Cougars Prediction, 11/19/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Nicholls Colonels vs BYU Cougars
Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
Location: Marriott Center in Provo, UT
TV: Hulu Live TV
The Nicholls Colonels (0-2) are hitting the road to Marriott Center on Saturday where they will attempt to beat the BYU Cougars (2-1).
The Nicholls Colonels played Wyoming and took a loss by a score of 79-68 in their last game. In reference to fouls, the Colonels walked away with 27 and Wyoming totaled 14 fouls. They made 10 of their 33 tries from three-point range. Wyoming finished the contest at 67.6% from the charity stripe by knocking down 23 of their 34 tries. In addition, Wyoming collected 39 rebounds (11 offensive, 28 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Wyoming distributed 14 dimes and had 5 steals in this matchup. Regarding defense, Nicholls State allowed the other team to go 41.8% from the field on 23 out of 55 shooting. They also distributed 9 assists for this contest while forcing the other team into 20 turnovers and earning 8 steals. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they collected 30 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Colonels converted 5 of their 5 shots for a percentage of 100.0%. Nicholls State walked away from the game having earned a 42.4% field goal percentage (28 out of 66) and made 7 of 25 3-point attempts.
Micah Thomas is a player who was a major factor in this game. He recorded 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 37 minutes played and totaled 2 rebounds. He walked away from this one shooting 75.0% from the floor and also dished out 2 dimes.
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Nicholls State will take the court with a record of 0-2 for the campaign. They have an average of 71.5 points per contest (236th in college hoops) while hitting 41.3% from the floor. The Colonels are shooting 32.6% on 3-pointers (14 of 43) and 55.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Nicholls State is pulling in 28.0 rebounds per game and has accounted for 20 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 360th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 16.5 times per game and as a unit they commit 28.0 fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on the defensive end, the Colonels have forced 22.0 turnovers every game while drawing 18.0 fouls. They are ranked 235th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 44 conceded for the year. The Colonels defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 56.5% (61 of 108) and they relinquish 44.5 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are giving up 41.2% from 3-point land while they are 363rd in the nation in PPG allowed (98.0).
The last time they took the hardwood, the BYU Cougars got the victory with a final of 66-64 when they played Missouri State. The Cougars were able to corral 29 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 in the matchup. They gave up possession 13 times, while recording 2 steals in the matchup. Missouri State was called for 18 fouls for the game which got the Cougars to the free throw line for 20 attempts. They were able to convert 11 of them for a clip of 55.0%. In relation to shots from beyond the perimeter, BYU knocked down 9 of 25 attempts (36.0%). Overall, the Cougars went 23 out of 56 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 41.1%. The Cougars allowed Missouri State to bury 24 of 61 tries from the field which had them sitting at 39.3% for this game. They went 31.8% from distance by connecting on 7 out of 22 and finished the game at 9 out of 15 at the free throw line (60.0%). When talking about cleaning the glass, BYU permitted Missouri State to snag 35 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
Noah Waterman was important for the Cougars for this game. He made 5 out of 6 for the matchup for a field goal percentage of 83.3%, and had 2 rebounds. He scored 15 points in his 12 minutes on the court, but wasn't able to earn an assist.
BYU has a mark of 2-1 on the year. As an offense, the Cougars are hitting on 41.5% from the field, which is ranked 272nd in college hoops. BYU has totaled 201 points for the campaign (67.0 per game) and they average 40.3 boards per contest. They are getting an assist 9.7 times per game (338th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 18.7 times per game. The Cougars are committing 20.7 personal fouls every game and they go 61.8% from the free throw line.
The Cougars on defense are ranked 165th in Division 1 in points per game surrendered with 67.3. They have forced 13.7 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 39.2% from the field (118th in D-1). The BYU defense concedes 31.1% on shots from beyond the arc (19 of 61) and their opponents are making 68.2% of their free throw attempts. They give up 11.0 dimes and 35.3 boards per contest, which ranks them 134th and 214th in D-1.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Nicholls State
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