Hawaii vs. Princeton - 12/25/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Princeton Tigers (6-7) at Hawaii Warriors (8-3)
College Basketball: Monday, December 25, 2017 at 2:30 pm (Stan Sheriff Center)
The Line: Hawaii Warriors +1.5 -- Over/Under: 135 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Princeton Tigers and Hawaii Rainbow Warriors will face off at the Stan Sheriff Center in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic this Monday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Princeton Tigers improved to 6-7 on the season after defeating the Akron Zips, 64-62, this past Saturday. Princeton fought back after trailing by a 32-25 margin at halftime and secured the victory after the Tigers Myles Stephens hit a game-winner as time expired. Princeton shot 44.2% from the field and outrebounded the Zips by a 36-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Eric Parrish who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. On the season, Princeton is averaging 69.9 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 10.1 three-pointers per game on 40.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Princeton has been led by Devin Cannady (17.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.2), Myles Stephens (15.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.0 apg), Amir Bell (10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.6 spg), and Sebastian Much (8.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, Princeton is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of -2.5 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
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The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors improved to 8-3 on the season after defeating the Davidson Wildcats, 79-71, this past Saturday. Hawaii went into halftime with a 40-32 halftime lead and pulled away after taking a 64-53 lead with 6:43 left in regulation. Hawaii is shooting 46.6% from the field and 72.0% (18-25) from the FT-Line in the victory. Leading the way for the Rainbow Warriors was Sheriff Drammeh who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Hawaii is averaging 72.4 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 28.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Hawaii has been led by Sheriff Drammeh (11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1), Gibson Johnson (11.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), Michael Thomas (10.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg), and Brocke Stepteau (8.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.5 apg). Defensively, Hawaii is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Rainbow Warriors have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up win. The Warriors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record however, just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games.
Princeton has won 4 of their last 5 games, which included an overtime victory over a tough USC team, and come into this matchup ranked T-168th in scoring defense, 31st in three-pointers made per game, and 29th in 3P-FG%. Hawaii has also won 4 of their last 5 games however, has struggled a bit on the offensive end as the Rainbow Warriors rank 232nd in scoring offense, 220th in FG%, and 339th in 3P-FG%. Hawaii has the home court advantage in this one, however, Princeton is the better team and as I think the Tigers defense will give the Rainbow Warriors enough trouble to cover this small spread. Take Princeton to cover.