California Golden Bears vs Washington State Cougars Prediction, 2/18/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: California Golden Bears vs Washington State Cougars
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Location: Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA
Odds/Point Spread: California (+2.5)
The Washington State Cougars (12-10) play the California Golden Bears (8-15) at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum on Thursday. California opens this game as 2.5-point underdogs. The total has been set at 130.5.
California enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 8-15 so far this year. They turn the ball over 13.0 times per contest and as a squad they commit 18.0 fouls per contest. As a team, California is pulling down 31.9 rebounds per game and has racked up 287 dimes this year, which has them ranked 72nd in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Golden Bears are connecting on 33.5% on shots from downtown (171 of 510) and 69.3% from the charity stripe. They average 67.0 pts per game (279th in D-1) while hitting 43.8% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Golden Bears have forced 12.0 turnovers per game while drawing 17.3 personal fouls. They surrender 38.2% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 177th in college hoops in PPG allowed (70.1). The Golden Bears defense is allowing a FG percentage of 46.7% (581 of 1,245) and they relinquish 32.8 boards per game as a group. They are 318th in college hoops in allowing assists to their opponents with 304 surrendered this year.
The California Golden Bears faced the Colorado Buffaloes and took home the win by a score of 71-62 in their last game. California finished the game having earned a 40.0% field goal percentage (22 out of 55) and knocked down 7 of their 22 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Golden Bears knocked down 20 of 28 attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. When it comes to hauling in rebounds, they collected 37 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 13 dimes in this game while getting 6 steals and 4 blocked shots. Regarding the defense, California let their opponent shoot 40.0% from the floor on 22 of 55 shooting. Colorado recorded 5 assists and had 5 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Buffaloes pulled down 34 boards (7 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 4 rejections. Colorado walked away from this one shooting 71.4% from the charity stripe by converting 15 of 21 attempts. They converted 3 out of their 15 attempts from beyond the arc.
Matt Bradley is a guy who was a contributor for the game. He ended up walking away with 28 points on 9 of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 31 minutes and also snagged 8 rebounds. Bradley ended up going 52.9% from the floor and recorded 2 assists. One more player that was a factor in the game for the Golden Bears was Jalen Celestine. He totaled 4 rebounds and earned 2 dimes. He finished the game at 60.0% from the field in this matchup by shooting 3-of-5 (13 points). Overall, Celestine saw the court for 33 min.
Washington State has a win-loss mark of 12-10 on the season. Washington State has accounted for 1,500 pts on the campaign (68.2 per game) and they snag 37.5 rebounds per game. The Cougars have committed 18.7 fouls every game while shooting 70.2% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Cougars are connecting on 41.4% from the field, which is 303rd in college basketball. Their rate of earning assists is at 11.7 times per game (285th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.1 times per contest. The Cougars on the defensive side of the court are 97th in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 67.5. The Washington State defense allows 31.5% on 3-point attempts (136 of 432) and their opponents are connecting on 72.1% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 13.0 assists and 34.8 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 173rd and 171st in those categories on the defensive end. They are able to force 12.8 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 40.8% from the field (57th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Washington State Cougars took a loss by a score of 65-63 against the Washington Huskies. The Cougars pulled down 29 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 36 for the contest. They blocked 5 shots while getting 2 steals in the matchup. The Huskies committed 16 fouls for this contest which took the Cougars to the free throw line for a total of 18 shots. They were able to make 17 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 94.4%. In regard to three-point shots, Washington State converted 6 out of 21 attempts (28.6%). When all was said and done, the Cougars went 20 out of 49 from the field which had them sitting at 40.8%. The Cougars permitted the Huskies to knock down 25 of 60 attempts from the field which had them at 41.7% in this game. They finished 35.0% from downtown by going 7 of 20 and ended up going 8 of 14 at the free throw line (57.1%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Washington State allowed Washington to grab 23 in all (5 offensive).
Dishon Jackson ended up being important for the Cougars for the game. He made 4 of 7 for this game for a rate of 57.1%, which earned him 13 points. Jackson totaled 2 rebounds in his 26 mins and had 2 dimes in this contest. Another guy that was important for Washington State was Noah Williams. He notched 12 points in his 38 minutes on the hardwood via 2 of 9 from the floor for the contest. Williams walked away from this one going 22.2% from the field in addition to collecting 7 assists and 7 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Washington State (-2.5) and over 130.5 points
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