Hofstra Pride vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 3/14/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Hofstra Pride vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Location: Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Hofstra (+7)
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (19-14) will take on the Hofstra Pride (24-9) at Jersey Mike’s Arena on Tuesday. Hofstra is 7-point dogs. The over/under is set at 135.5.
The Hofstra Pride faced UNC Wilmington and took a loss by a final of 79-73 in their last game. Hofstra ended having earned a 39.7% field goal percentage (23 out of 58) and made 11 of 32 3-pointers. When they shot from the free throw line, the Pride knocked down 16 of 21 shots for a percentage of 76.2%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they earned 27 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 11 assists for the contest while forcing the opposition into 16 turnovers and earning 8 steals. With regard to defending, Hofstra allowed the other team to shoot 44.8% from the field on 26 out of 58 shooting. UNC Wilmington recorded 9 assists and had 7 steals in the game. In addition, UNC Wilmington grabbed 41 rebounds (13 offensive, 28 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. UNC Wilmington ended up shooting 74.1% from the charity stripe by converting 20 of 27 shots. They also made 7 of their 22 attempts from beyond the perimeter. When talking about personal fouls, the Pride ended up with 20 and UNC Wilmington had 21 personal fouls.
Aaron Estrada is one guy who was a contributor in this contest. He finished the game shooting 45.0% from the field and also distributed 6 assists. He played for 45 minutes and snagged 5 rebounds. He racked up 25 points on 9 of 20 shooting.
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Hofstra heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 24-9 so far this season. They average 74.7 points per contest (110th in D-1) while shooting 48.1% from the field. The Pride are connecting on 36.7% on shots from downtown (286 of 779) and 73.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Hofstra is grabbing 33.9 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 472 assists for the year, which is 79th in D-1 in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 10.6 times per game and as a group they commit 14.4 personal fouls per game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Pride have forced 12.6 turnovers every game while drawing 15.2 fouls. They give up 30.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 50th in college hoops in PPG allowed (65.4). The Pride defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 40.1% (797 of 1,989) and they surrender 36.5 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 165th in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 403 surrendered on the season.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights walked away with a victory by a final of 62-50 against Michigan. The Scarlet Knights were able to pull down 23 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 34 in this contest. They coughed it up 6 times, while recording 10 steals in the matchup. Michigan had 15 personal fouls for this contest which got the Scarlet Knights to the charity stripe for 12 tries. They were able to knock down 9 of those for a clip of 75.0%. In terms of three-point attempts, Rutgers knocked down 5 out of their 18 attempts (27.8%). When the final whistle was blown, the Scarlet Knights went 24 for 61 from the field which gave them a percentage of 39.3%. The Scarlet Knights permitted Michigan to knock down 16 out of 46 tries from the field which had them at 34.8% in this game. They went 33.3% from three-point range by shooting 6 out of 18 and ended up going 12 of 17 from the free throw line (70.6%). With respect to rebounding, Rutgers permitted Michigan to collect 27 in all (4 on the offensive glass).
Cam Spencer was important for the Scarlet Knights in this contest. He converted 6 of 11 in this contest for a field goal rate of 54.5%, and had 3 rebounds. He scored 18 points in his 30 mins on the court and accumulated 2 assists for the game.
Rutgers has a win-loss record of 19-14 for the season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Scarlet Knights are connecting on 42.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 285th in college basketball. Rutgers has 2,240 pts so far this season (67.9 per game) and they grab 37.0 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 15.0 times per game (54th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.5 times per contest. The Scarlet Knights commit 16.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 70.2% from the charity stripe.
The Scarlet Knights on defense are ranked 8th in D-1 in points given up per game with 60.3. They are able to force 14.4 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 39.4% from the field (10th in D-1). The Rutgers defense gives up 30.5% on 3-point shots (235 of 770) and opponents are knocking down 68.7% of their foul shots. They have allowed 12.2 assists and 34.3 boards every game, which is ranked 137th and 198th in college hoops.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Hofstra (+7)
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