Sacred Heart Pioneers vs Pittsburgh Panthers Prediction, 12/10/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Sacred Heart Pioneers vs Pittsburgh Panthers
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022
Location: Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA
The Pittsburgh Panthers (6-4) host the Sacred Heart Pioneers (5-5) at Petersen Events Center on Saturday.
The Sacred Heart Pioneers stepped onto the hardwood against Fairfield and took a loss by a final of 61-59 in their last contest. Sacred Heart finished the contest with a 36.1% FG percentage (22 out of 61) and buried 6 out of their 21 three-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Pioneers knocked down 9 of 11 shots for a percentage of 81.8%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they collected 27 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 7 assists in the game as well as forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and getting 10 steals. In terms of defense, Sacred Heart allowed the other team to shoot 39.0% from the floor on 23 of 59 shooting. Fairfield recorded 9 dimes and had 4 steals in this contest. In addition, Fairfield pulled down 44 rebounds (14 offensive, 30 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Fairfield finished 57.9% at the charity stripe by converting 11 of 19 tries. They converted 4 of their 23 attempts from 3-point range. Regarding personal fouls, the Pioneers ended up finishing with 15 while Fairfield recorded 10 personal fouls.
Bryce Johnson is someone who played a role in the matchup. He notched 13 points on 6 of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 27 minutes and also snagged 9 boards. He finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor and totaled 1 assist.
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Sacred Heart enters this one with a record of 5-5 for the season. They are giving up possession 12.9 times per contest and as a squad they commit 16.4 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Sacred Heart is pulling down 36.9 boards per game and has 135 assists so far this season, which is 120th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Pioneers are hitting 31.1% from downtown (73 of 235) and 70.9% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 73.0 pts per contest (173rd in Division 1) while going 41.9% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Pioneers have forced 14.6 turnovers every game and they draw 15.2 personal fouls. They rank 345th in the nation in allowing assists to their opponents with 155 surrendered for the season. The Pioneers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 44.1% (265 of 601) and they surrender 38.1 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They give up 30.6% on 3-point shots and they rank 280th in college basketball in points per game allowed (72.9).
When they last stepped on the court, the Pittsburgh Panthers went home defeated by a final of 75-74 when they played Vanderbilt. The Panthers earned 20 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive boards for a total of 25 for this contest. They also gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while earning 3 steals for the contest. Vanderbilt committed 18 fouls for the matchup which got the Panthers to the free throw line for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to make 14 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 66.7%. In reference to shots from distance, Pittsburgh made 12 out of 25 attempts (48.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Panthers walked away from this one shooting 24 out of 50 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.0%. The Panthers permitted Vanderbilt to convert 28 out of 70 tries from the floor which had them shooting 40.0% in this game. They went 32.3% from 3-point land by shooting 10 of 31 and finished the contest at 9 of 12 from the charity stripe (75.0%). In reference to how they rebounded, Pittsburgh allowed Vanderbilt to snag 37 in all (17 offensive).
Nelly Cummings ended up being a major contributor for the Panthers for this contest. He racked up 18 points in his 35 mins on the hardwood and totaled 5 assists in the matchup. He knocked down 6 of 9 in this contest for a field goal rate of 66.7%, and earned 3 rebounds.
Pittsburgh has a win-loss mark of 6-4 on the year. When it comes to executing on offense, the Panthers are hitting on 44.2% from the field, which is ranked 204th in college hoops. Pittsburgh has scored 728 points this year (72.8 per contest) and they average 38.5 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 13.8 times per contest (162nd in Division 1) and they turn the ball over 14.2 times per contest. The Panthers are responsible for committing 16.9 fouls per game and they go 72.8% from the charity stripe.
The Pittsburgh defense gives up 29.6% on shots from 3-point land (69 of 233) and their opponents are knocking down 64.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 12.6 assists and 34.8 rebounds every game, which ranks them 202nd and 213th in college hoops. The Panthers defensively are ranked 149th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 67.3. They have forced 12.1 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 40.4% from the floor (90th in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Sacred Heart
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