Norfolk State Spartans vs Nevada Wolf Pack Prediction, 12/21/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Norfolk State Spartans vs Nevada Wolf Pack
Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Location: Lawlor Events Center in Reno, NV
TV: Youtube TV
The Nevada Wolf Pack (9-3) welcome the Norfolk State Spartans (9-4) at Lawlor Events Center on Wednesday.
The Norfolk State Spartans stepped onto the hardwood against North Carolina A&T and went home with a win by a final score of 70-66 in their last game. In reference to personal fouls, the Spartans ended up walking away with 12 and North Carolina A&T finished the game with 15 personal fouls. They buried 11 of their 23 shots from beyond the arc. North Carolina A&T walked away from this one shooting 64.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 11 of their 17 attempts. Additionally, North Carolina A&T collected 26 rebounds (7 offensive, 19 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. North Carolina A&T totaled 16 assists and had 6 steals in this contest. In terms of the defense, Norfolk State allowed the other team to shoot 40.7% from the field on 22 out of 54 shooting. They also distributed 16 dimes in this game while creating 11 turnovers and getting 6 steals. When it comes to pulling down rebounds, they collected 28 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Spartans buried 12 of their 13 attempts for a percentage of 92.3%. Norfolk State walked away from the contest having earned a 44.6% FG percentage (25 of 56) and converted 8 out of their 25 shots from beyond the arc.
Dana Tate is one guy who came through in the matchup. He accounted for 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins played and also totaled 3 rebounds. He ended up shooting 53.3% from the field and totaled 3 dimes.
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Norfolk State enters this matchup with a record of 9-4 this season. They average 75.1 points per outing (139th in the country) while shooting 46.7% from the floor. The Spartans are shooting 33.3% on three-point attempts (97 of 291) and 70.6% from the free throw line. As a team, Norfolk State is snagging 35.4 boards per contest and has racked up 185 dimes on the campaign, which is 56th in the country in terms of passing. They cough up possession 12.0 times per contest and as a group are committing 16.9 fouls every game.
On defense, the Spartans are forcing their opponents into 13.4 turnovers per game while drawing 16.5 fouls. They are 343rd in college hoops in allowing assists with 195 conceded this year. The Spartans defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.3% (310 of 751) and they surrender 32.9 boards per contest as a group. They are relinquishing 37.2% on shots from distance and they are ranked 199th in the country in points per game allowed (69.4).
The last time they took the court, the Nevada Wolf Pack walked away with a victory by a final of 64-56 against UC-San Diego. The Wolf Pack corralled 28 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 33 in the game. They turned the ball over 10 times, while getting 7 steals in the game. UC-San Diego had 18 personal fouls in this matchup which got the Wolf Pack to the charity stripe for a total of 23 attempts. They were able to make 15 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 65.2%. In terms of 3-point attempts, Nevada knocked down 5 out of 21 attempts (23.8%). When all was said and done, the Wolf Pack went 22 for 49 from the field which had them shooting 44.9%. The Wolf Pack allowed UC-San Diego to bury 21 of their 59 tries from the floor which left them shooting 35.6% for the matchup. They finished 35.0% from 3-point land by shooting 7 of 20 and walked away from this one shooting 7 out of 8 at the free throw line (87.5%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, Nevada allowed UC-San Diego to snag 30 in all (4 on the offensive glass).
Kenan Blackshear pitched in for the Wolf Pack in this matchup. He buried 7 out of 9 for this contest for a field goal rate of 77.8%, and accumulated 5 rebounds. He scored 19 points in his 34 mins on the court and earned 4 assists in this game.
Nevada has a win-loss record of 9-3 for the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Wolf Pack are shooting 42.5% from the field, which ranks 277th in the country. Nevada has accounted for 871 points on the season (72.6 per game) and they pull down 36.1 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 13.6 times per game (184th in college hoops) and they turn it over 10.5 times per game. The Wolf Pack have committed 18.8 personal fouls per contest and they hit 78.2% from the charity stripe.
The Nevada defense allows 31.8% on shots from beyond the arc (89 of 280) and opponents are connecting on 71.2% of their free throw shots. They have conceded 11.2 dimes and 36.4 rebounds every game, which is 89th and 286th in the nation. The Wolf Pack defensively are ranked 80th in the nation in PPG given up with 64.1. They are able to force 12.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 37.6% from the field (16th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Norfolk State
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