Arizona Wildcats vs Washington Huskies Prediction, 12/31/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Arizona Wildcats vs Washington Huskies
Date: Thursday, December 31, 2020
Location: Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, WA
Odds/Point Spread: Arizona (-6)
The Arizona Wildcats (7-1) are headed to Alaska Airlines Arena on Thursday where they'll take on the Washington Huskies (1-6). The spread on this matchup has Arizona as 6-point favorites. The total is set at 139.
Arizona enters this matchup with a mark of 7-1 on the campaign. They are averaging 78.4 points per game (88th in the country) on 46.6% from the field. The Wildcats are connecting on 38.6% on three-point shots (59 of 153) and 69.2% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Arizona is pulling in 39.4 rebounds per game and has accounted for 126 dimes on the campaign, which is 76th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. They cough up possession 12.8 times per game and as a team are committing 19.6 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Wildcats are forcing 14.9 turnovers per game and they draw 22.0 fouls. They give up 32.3% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 65th in the country in points per game allowed (64.0). The Wildcats are giving up a shooting percentage of 40.4% (176 of 436) and they relinquish 29.4 rebounds per game as a group. They currently rank 186th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 92 surrendered this season.
The Arizona Wildcats faced off with the Colorado Buffaloes and walked away with a win by a score of 88-74 in their last contest. Arizona walked away from the contest having earned a 52.6% field goal percentage (30 out of 57) and converted 8 out of their 17 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats converted 20 of their 27 tries for a percentage of 74.1%. When it comes to getting rebounds, they earned 29 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 20 dimes in this matchup as well as having 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. In reference to the defense, Arizona let their opponent shoot 52.6% from the floor on 30 out of 57 shooting. Colorado doled out 14 dimes and had 5 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Buffaloes grabbed 28 rebounds (8 offensive, 20 defensive) and earned 2 blocked shots. Colorado ended up shooting 82.4% from the charity stripe by burying 14 of 17 attempts. They converted 12 out of their 26 tries from beyond the arc.
James Akinjo is someone who was a major contributor for this contest. He recorded 22 points on 5 of 11 shooting. He played for 36 mins played and also grabbed 2 rebounds. Akinjo went 45.5% from the floor and recorded 8 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this matchup for the Wildcats was Jemarl Baker. He had 2 rebounds and also accumulated 3 assists. He shot 36.4% from the floor for this contest by hitting 4-of-11 (14 points). At the conclusion of this game, Baker played for 30 min.
Washington has a mark of 1-6 so far this season. Washington has scored 427 points for the campaign (61.0 per game) and they snag 32.9 boards per game. The Huskies commit 17.9 fouls per contest and they hit 70.3% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Huskies are hitting on 39.8% from the field, which is 318th in college basketball. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 9.6 times per game (322nd in the nation) and they cough up possession 13.7 times per game. The Huskies on the defensive end are ranked 176th in the country in PPG surrendered with 70.3. They have forced 12.6 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.7% from the floor (110th in D-1). The Washington defense gives up 31.3% on shots from beyond the arc (46 of 147) and their opponents are making 71.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 16.3 assists and 41.3 total rebounds per game, which is 301st and 315th in the nation.
The last time they took the court, the Washington Huskies took a defeat with a final score of 92-69 when they played the Colorado Buffaloes. The Huskies earned 16 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards totaling 22 in this contest. They also rejected 3 shots while getting 7 steals in this contest. The Buffaloes were called for 19 personal fouls in the game which took the Huskies to the charity stripe for a total of 16 attempts. They were able to make 11 of those for a rate of 68.8%. When discussing shooting from distance, Washington knocked down 4 out of their 18 attempts (22.2%). Overall, the Huskies ended up going 27 for 63 from the floor which had them at 42.9%. The Huskies allowed the Buffaloes to knock down 29 out of their 60 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.3% for this game. They finished shooting 40.0% from three-point range by going 8 out of 20 and finished the contest at 26 out of 28 from the free throw line (92.9%). Concerning rebounding, Washington permitted Colorado to get 37 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Riley Sorn pitched in for the Huskies for the game. He converted 7 out of 8 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 87.5%, which got him 16 points. Sorn grabbed 8 boards in his 19 mins played and added 2 assists in this game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Washington was Nate Pryor. He was able to score 15 points in his 36 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 of 17 shooting in this contest. Pryor ended up shooting 41.2% from the field in addition to earning 5 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (+6)
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