Miami Hurricanes (4-0) at Fresno State Bulldogs (2-1)
|Date & Time||Friday November 23, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Fresno State Bulldogs -- Over/Under:
The Miami Hurricanes and Fresno State Bulldogs will face off at Titan Gym in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy this Friday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Miami Hurricanes improved to 4-0 on the season after easily defeating the La Salle Explorers, 85-49, yesterday afternoon. Miami dominated the Explorers on both sides of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 49-18 halftime lead. Miami shot 54.5% from the field while holding LaSalle to 35.0% from the field and 8.0% from beyond the arc. The Hurricanes outrebounded LaSalle by a 39-28 margin and forced the Explorers into committing 20 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Hurricanes was Dejan Vasiljevic who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Coming into their game against LaSalle, Miami was averaging 85.7 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Hurricanes were averaging 11.0 three-pointers per game on 40.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Miami has been led by Chris Lykes (21.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.3 apg, 2.3 spg), Dejan Vasiljevic (17.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Anthony Lawrence II (16.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 spg), and Ebuka Izundu (12.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 3.3 bpg).
Defensively, Miami was holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg on 39.6% shooting from the field. The Hurricanes had a rebound margin of 2.0 and a turnover margin of 7.0.
The Fresno State Bulldogs improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the Northwestern Huskies, 78-59, yesterday afternoon. Fresno State was impressive on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 36-19 lead with 6:29 left in the 1st half. Fresno State shot 50.0% from the field, 47.8% from beyond the arc, and 76.0% (19-25) from the FT-line. Fresno State outrebounded Northwestern by 27-25 and committed 15 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Braxton Huggins who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
Coming into their game agianst the Wildcats, Fresno State was averaging 80.0 ppg on 42.4% from the field. The Bulldogs were averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fresno State has been led by Braxton Huggins (20.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), New Williams (15.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0, 3.0 spg), Chris Seeley (14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 3.0 spg), Deshon Taylor (12.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.5 apg, 2.5 spg).
Defensively, Fresno State was holding their opponents to an average of 70.0 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs had a rebound margin of -4.0 and a turnover margin of 4.5.
Trends will be updated when they are released.
Miami has looked pretty decent to start the season however, I’m not completely buying into this Miami team as their level of competition has been great and I’m not expecting the Wildcats to keep this type of offensive production up as the season goes on. Fresno State has been solid on the offensive this season, especially from beyond the arc, and has to be happy with the production from New Mexico State transfer in Braxton Huggins. The line has yet to be released, however, I’m expecting the Bulldogs to give the Hurricanes a game in this one and as I’m expecting the Bulldogs to get a few points here, I’m initially leaning on taking Fresno State.