Washington State at UCLA College Basketball Picks & Predictions 12/29/2017
Friday, December 29, 2017
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The Washington State Cougars travel to Pauley Pavilion to play the UCLA Bruins on Friday, December 29, 2017. The opening line for this game has UCLA as 13.5 point favorites.
Washington State comes into this game with an overall record of 8-4. They currently have a point differential of 3.8 as they are averaging 76.6 points per game while giving up 72.8 per contest. UCLA has an overall mark of 9-3. They are averaging 82.8 points per contest and giving up 76.1, which is a point differential of 6.8.
Valuable Washington State Cougars Betting Trends
The Washington State Cougars are 8-3 against the spread this season
The Washington State Cougars are 4-7 against the over/under this year
Important UCLA Bruins Betting Trends
The UCLA Bruins are 4-8 against the spread this season
The UCLA Bruins are 7-5 against the over/under this year
Key Washington State Cougars Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key UCLA Bruins Injuries
12/22/17 F Cody Riley Suspension is out for season
12/04/17 G LiAngelo Ball Left Team is out for season
11/08/17 F Jalen Hill Suspension is out for season
Robert Franks averages 18.1 points per game while playing 32.2 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 7.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 2.4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is at 88%. Malachi Flynn averages 15.8 points per game in 32.8 minutes per contest this season. He averages 4.4 assists per contest and 3.5 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 40% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%.
Aaron Holiday averages 17.6 points per game while playing 36 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.5 rebounds per game and has 5.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 79%. Thomas Welsh averages 13.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.6 minutes per contest. He also averages 10.7 rebounds per contest and 1.8 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 87%.
Useful Team Statistics
Washington State averages 76.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 143rd in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 3.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 176th. Behind the arc they shoot 39%, which is good for 51st in the country. They average 36.7 rebounds per game and 15.6 assists per game, which ranks them 158th and 91st in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 200th with 13.3 per game. The Cougars allow 72.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 201st in Division 1. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc, ranking them 118th and 82nd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 38.1 rebounds a game which ranks 291st and they give up 13.3 assists per contest, which puts them in 185th place in college basketball. They force 11.4 turnovers per game which ranks them 27th in the nation.
Useful Team Statistics
UCLA is 44th in the country with 82.8 points per game this year. They are 99th in D-1 in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is 6.8. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 172nd in college basketball. They are 22nd in the nation in rebounding with 40.9 boards per game, and 90th in assists per contest with 15.6. The Bruins are 184th in turnovers per game with 13.5. The Bruins surrender 76.1 points per contest, which ranks them 261st in the country. Their defense allows a 42% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 117th and 218th in those defensive statistics. They rank 177th with 13.3 assists allowed per contest and 235th with 36.2 rebounds surrendered per game. The Bruins are 58th in Division 1 in forcing turnovers with 12.2 per game this season.
The Cougars are 208th in the country in defensive rating with 102, and their offensive rating of 107.2 is ranked 137th. They are 195th in college basketball in pace with 70.7 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 55% is 61st. As a unit they are 67th in the nation in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 51% of their shot attempts, ranking 4th in D-1. Washington State is 167th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 16.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 135th in the country.
UCLA is 256th in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 139th in Division 1. The Bruins are 167th in the nation in defensive rating with 99.6, and their offensive rating of 108.4 is ranked 114th. They are 38th in D-1 in pace with 74.9 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 127th. As a unit they are 131st in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 243rd in the country.
Who will win tonight's Washington State/UCLA college basketball game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take UCLA -13.5
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