The Tulsa Golden Hurricane (8-3) will be at home in the Bank of Oklahoma Center when they take on the Colorado State Rams (7-6). Tip-off is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Colorado State Rams at Tulsa Golden Hurricane Free Preview
In the Rams’ last contest, they were beaten by the No. 24 Colorado Buffaloes, 56-48. Colorado State’s Nico Carvacho contributed nine points and 10 rebounds in the contest. Colorado did a great job of making free throws (14-20; 70.0 percent). Colorado State, on the other hand, forced the Buffaloes into a turnover percentage of 28.1 (above their season average of 18.5).
The Golden Hurricane are trying to rebound after their 98-79 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks in their last outing. Elijah Joiner led Tulsa in scoring with 19 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Arkansas had a turnover percentage of 9.9 (better than their season average of 17.0). Tulsa, on the other hand, held the Razorbacks to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.7 (below their season average of 23.5).
The physical Colorado State offense could be living from the charity stripe in this matchup. The Rams currently rank 77th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.257, while Tulsa ranks 185th in FTA rate allowed (0.219).
Colorado State Rams vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Colorado State, ATS Winner – Colorado State, O/U – Over
The Golden Hurricane rank 83rd in assists per game (14.2) while the Rams rank 129th in assists allowed per game (13.2).
Tulsa ranks 90th in rebounds per game (37.6) while Colorado State ranks 97th in rebounds allowed per game (34.1).
Colorado State ranks 45th in steals allowed per game (5.6) while Tulsa ranks 150th (7.6).
The Rams rank 35th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while the Golden Hurricane rank 89th (3.4).
Colorado State ranks 188th in three pointers attempted per game (20.1) while Tulsa ranks 236th (17.6).
The Golden Hurricane’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.6, down from 7.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Rams have scored an average of 66.6 points per game (2.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (2.0 below their season average).