Northern Illinois Huskies vs VCU Rams Prediction, 12/17/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Northern Illinois Huskies vs VCU Rams
Date: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Location: Stuart C. Siegel Center in Richmond, VA
TV: Hulu Live TV
The VCU Rams (7-4) host the Northern Illinois Huskies (3-7) at Stuart C. Siegel Center on Saturday.
The Northern Illinois Huskies faced Gonzaga and took a loss by a score of 84-67 in their last contest. When talking about personal fouls, the Huskies walked away with 19 while Gonzaga accumulated 12 personal fouls. They buried 11 out of their 28 attempts from distance. Gonzaga walked away from this one shooting 91.7% from the free throw line by converting 11 of their 12 shots. Additionally, Gonzaga grabbed 33 rebounds (4 offensive, 29 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Gonzaga totaled 13 dimes and had 6 steals for the matchup. In relation to defense, Northern Illinois allowed their opponent to shoot 55.4% from the field on 31 out of 56 shooting. They also distributed 6 dimes for the game as well as forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and having 3 steals. When talking about rebounding, they earned 29 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. From the free throw line, the Huskies converted 14 of 17 tries for a rate of 82.4%. Northern Illinois ended the contest with a 42.9% field goal percentage (24 of 56) and knocked down 5 out of their 22 shots from 3-point land.
Keshawn Williams is one player who was a contributor in this contest. He finished the game shooting 52.9% from the floor and also earned 3 assists. He was on the court for 37 minutes and collected 8 rebounds. He left the arena with 25 points on 9 of 17 shooting.
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Northern Illinois will enter this matchup with a win-loss mark of 3-7 for the season. They average 69.2 points per outing (259th in the nation) while shooting 43.5% from the field. The Huskies are shooting 33.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (75 of 227) and 67.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Northern Illinois is collecting 34.4 boards per game and has 115 assists this season, which has them ranked 315th in D-1 in terms of passing. They cough up possession 16.1 times per contest and as a group they commit 18.9 personal fouls per game.
On defense, the Huskies have forced 13.8 turnovers every game while drawing 16.1 personal fouls. They are surrendering 34.1% on shots from distance while they are 334th in college hoops in PPG allowed (76.1). The Huskies defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 45.7% (274 of 600) and they surrender 37.5 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 162nd in college basketball in giving up assists with 128 surrendered this year.
When they last stepped on the court, the VCU Rams walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 73-70 when they played Radford. The Rams collected 24 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 in this contest. They also turned the ball over 25 times, while getting 8 steals in this matchup. Radford had 21 fouls in this contest which got the Rams to the charity stripe for a total of 31 shots. They were able to convert 23 of the free throws for a percentage of 74.2%. In reference to 3-pointers, VCU made 3 of 7 tries (42.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Rams shot 22 out of 45 from the floor which had them shooting 48.9%. The Rams permitted Radford to make 23 of their 51 tries from the floor which left them shooting 45.1% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 50.0% from behind the 3-point line by going 9 of 18 and finished the contest at 18 of 20 from the charity stripe (90.0%). When it comes to attacking the glass, VCU permitted Radford to snag 34 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Brandon Johns Jr ended up having an impact for the Rams for the game. He knocked down 6 of 9 for this game for a field goal percentage of 66.7%, and had 3 rebounds. He earned 18 points in his 31 mins of playing time and added 1 assist for the matchup.
VCU has a record of 7-4 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Rams are shooting 41.8% from the floor, which ranks 300th in college hoops. VCU has earned 728 points on the year (66.2 per game) and they pull in 32.7 rebounds per contest. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 10.5 times per game (346th in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 16.5 times per game. The Rams are committing 17.1 personal fouls every game and they connect on 69.4% from the free throw line.
The VCU defense gives up 33.2% on shots from beyond the arc (67 of 202) and their opponents are connecting on 71.9% of their foul shots. They have surrendered 11.8 assists and 34.5 rebounds per contest, which ranks 138th and 201st in D-1. The Rams on the defensive end are ranked 83rd in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 64.2. They have forced 17.7 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 41.6% from the field (130th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Northern Illinois
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