Washington State Cougars vs Colorado Buffaloes Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs Colorado Buffaloes
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: CU Events Center in Boulder, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Washington State (+12)
CU Events Center is the venue where and the Colorado Buffaloes (2-0) will play the Washington State Cougars (3-0) on Saturday. Colorado opens this contest as 12-point favorites. The O/U opens at 137.
Washington State comes into this game with a mark of 3-0 on the campaign. They have an average of 62.0 points per game (243rd in college basketball) while hitting 34.1% from the floor. The Cougars are shooting 28.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (22 of 76) and 73.3% from the free throw line. As a team, Washington State is collecting 40.0 rebounds per game and has tallied 34 assists for the season, which is 158th in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 14.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.7 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Cougars are able to force 16.0 turnovers per game while drawing 21.0 personal fouls. They concede 28.8% on shots from downtown and they are 38th in college basketball in opponents points per game (58.3). The Cougars defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 35.4% (63 of 178) and they concede 40.0 boards per contest as a squad. They are ranked 149th in D-1 in giving up assists with 34 relinquished for the season.
The Washington State Cougars played the Oregon State Beavers and earned the victory with a final of 59-55 in their last game. Washington State walked away from the game having earned a 32.8% FG percentage (19 of 58) and made 7 of their 18 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Cougars knocked down 14 of 19 tries for a rate of 73.7%. When it comes to grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 34 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 11 assists for the contest as well as having 9 steals and 5 blocked shots. Pertaining to defending, Washington State allowed 32.8% from the floor on 19 out of 58. Oregon State earned 13 dimes and 4 steals in this game. Additionally, the Beavers collected 39 rebounds (14 offensive, 25 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Oregon State finished shooting 50.0% at the charity stripe by making 6 of 12 tries. They knocked down 7 out of their 25 shots from long range.
Isaac Bonton is one player who was important for the game. He scored 11 points on 3 out of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 35 mins and snagged 4 boards. Bonton finished 18.8% from the floor and earned 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Cougars was Noah Williams. He collected 8 boards and earned 3 assists. He finished the contest at 53.8% from the field for the matchup by connecting on 7-of-13 (19 points). When the final whistle blew, Williams was on the court for 29 min.
Colorado has a mark of 2-0 for the season. The Buffaloes commit 17.5 fouls every game while shooting 88.9% from the charity stripe. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 16.5 times per game (69th in college basketball) and they turn it over 9.5 times per game. Colorado has scored 160 pts this season (80.0 per game) and they pull down 37.0 boards per game. As an offense, the Buffaloes are connecting on 44.4% from the field, which ranks 204th in college basketball. The Buffaloes on defense are ranked 44th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 59.5. They have relinquished 11.5 dimes and 32.5 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 109th and 71st in the nation. The Colorado defense gives up 28.3% on shots from 3-point land (13 of 46) and opponents are making 70.6% of their free throw shots. They are forcing 15.0 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 38.3% from the field (75th in D-1).
The last time they took the court, the Colorado Buffaloes walked away with a victory by a final of 76-58 against the Kansas State Wildcats. The Buffaloes collected 19 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 24 in this matchup. They also turned away 2 shots while recording 6 steals for the game. The Wildcats had 21 fouls for the matchup which got the Buffaloes to the free throw line for a total of 21 attempts. They were able to knock down 18 of the free throws for a percentage of 85.7%. In relation to shots from beyond the perimeter, Colorado knocked down 6 out of 21 tries (28.6%). Overall, the Buffaloes went 26 out of 53 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.1%. The Buffaloes permitted the Wildcats to convert 21 out of 47 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.7% in the matchup. They finished 38.5% from behind the 3-point line by going 10 out of 26 and ended up shooting 6 out of 10 from the charity stripe (60.0%). Concerning cleaning the glass, Colorado permitted Kansas State to grab 23 in total (3 offensive).
McKinley Wright pitched in for the Buffaloes for this contest. He knocked down 10 of 16 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 62.5%, which earned him 24 points. Wright grabbed 5 boards in his 39 mins played and added 5 assists in the matchup. One more player that ended being a contributor for Colorado was Eli Parquet. He ended up finishing with 9 points in his 37 minutes played by way of 3 out of 5 from the floor for the contest. Parquet ended the game having shot 60.0% from the floor while also collecting 2 assists and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington State (+12)
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