California Golden Bears vs Utah Utes Prediction, 12/5/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: California Golden Bears vs Utah Utes
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Jon M. Huntsman Center is the location where the Utah Utes (5-2) will attempt to defeat the California Golden Bears (4-4) on Sunday.
The California Golden Bears played Oregon State and walked away with a win by a score of 73-61 in their last game. California wrapped up the contest having earned a 50.0% FG percentage (26 of 52) and buried 5 of their 17 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Golden Bears converted 16 of 19 shots for a percentage of 84.2%. In relation to getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 41 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 12 assists for the contest in addition to forcing the opposition into 7 turnovers and having 3 steals. Concerning the defense, California allowed the other team to shoot 43.3% from the field on 26 of 60 shooting. Oregon State recorded 7 assists and had 6 steals for the game. In addition, Oregon State pulled down 22 rebounds (6 offensive, 16 defensive), but didn't have a block. Oregon State shot 60.0% at the charity stripe by making 6 of their 10 shots. They knocked down 3 out of their 12 attempts from beyond the arc. Regarding personal fouls, the Golden Bears ended up with 10 and Oregon State racked up 17 personal fouls.
Andre Kelly is one player who was a major contributor for the game. He ended up finishing with 20 points on 8 out of 11 shooting. He saw the court for 36 mins and collected 13 boards. He finished the contest at 72.7% from the floor and also dished out 2 assists.
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California comes into this contest with a win-loss mark of 4-4 so far this season. They have an average of 65.8 points per contest (288th in the nation) while shooting 43.8% from the field. The Golden Bears are connecting on 35.2% on shots from beyond the arc (45 of 128) and 73.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, California is pulling in 35.3 rebounds per game and has accounted for 78 assists so far this season, which ranks 292nd in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 12.5 times per game and as a group are committing 15.1 fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Golden Bears are forcing 11.1 turnovers every game and they draw 15.0 personal fouls. They are giving up 33.7% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 143rd in D-1 in PPG allowed (66.6). The Golden Bears defense is giving up a FG percentage of 41.9% (186 of 444) and they concede 32.5 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 82nd in college hoops in giving up assists with 76 conceded on the season.
When they last played, the Utah Utes took a loss by a final score of 93-73 when they played USC. The Utes were able to snag 19 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 26 for the contest. They turned the ball over 5 times, while recording 3 steals for the game. USC was called for 14 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Utes to the free throw line for a total of 14 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of them for a percentage of 78.6%. When it comes to 3-point attempts, Utah made 10 of their 27 tries (37.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Utes went 26 for 69 from the field which had them shooting 37.7%. The Utes permitted USC to bury 36 out of their 69 tries from the field which had them shooting 52.2% for this game. They finished the game shooting 35.0% from 3-point land by going 7 of 20 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 25 from the free throw line (56.0%). In regard to rebounding, Utah permitted USC to get 48 overall (15 on the offensive side).
Both Gach pitched in for the Utes for this game. He made 10 out of 14 for this game giving him a rate of 71.4%, and accumulated 4 rebounds. He tallied 28 points in his 31 minutes of playing time and added 2 assists in this matchup.
Utah has a mark of 5-2 for the season. The Utes commit 14.6 personal fouls every game while shooting 77.6% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 14.1 times per game (137th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 11.9 times per game. Utah has totaled 522 points on the year (74.6 per contest) and they pull in 41.9 boards per contest. On the offensive side of the court, the Utes are shooting 43.0% from the field, which has them ranked 236th in the nation.
The Utah defense surrenders 26.2% on three-point shots (32 of 122) and opponents are converting on 64.9% of their free throw attempts. They concede 10.7 assists and 35.0 rebounds every game, which is ranked 88th and 196th in those categories. The Utes on defense are ranked 112th in college basketball in PPG allowed with 64.9. They are forcing 9.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 40.5% from the floor (115th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah
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