Northern Colorado Bears vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 12/15/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Northern Colorado Bears vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Location: McKale Center in Tucson, AZ
The Northern Colorado Bears (6-5) are hitting the road to McKale Center on Wednesday where they will meet the Arizona Wildcats (9-0).
The Northern Colorado Bears played South Dakota and notched a win by a score of 74-69 in their last game. Northern Colorado finished the contest with a 47.1% field goal percentage (24 of 51) and made 9 out of their 25 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Bears buried 17 of their 26 attempts for a rate of 65.4%. In regard to pulling down rebounds, they earned 30 with 7 of them being offensive. They also recorded 10 assists for this game as well as forcing the opposition into 12 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In reference to defending, Northern Colorado allowed the other team to go 48.4% from the field on 30 out of 62 shooting. South Dakota recorded 6 assists and had 5 steals in this matchup. Additionally, South Dakota totaled 31 rebounds (6 offensive, 25 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. South Dakota finished the contest at 60.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 3 of 5 attempts. They knocked down 6 of 19 tries from three-point range. Regarding fouls, the Bears ended up finishing with 8 while South Dakota recorded 19 fouls.
Daylen Kountz is someone who came through for the game. He ended up walking away with 24 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He played for 36 minutes played and also snagged 4 rebounds. He shot 53.8% from the floor and dished out 2 assists.
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Northern Colorado heads into this game with a win-loss record of 6-5 this year. They turn it over 12.8 times per contest and as a team they are committing 16.0 fouls per game. As a unit, Northern Colorado is collecting 34.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 147 dimes for the year, which is 98th in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Bears are shooting 37.1% on shots from distance (108 of 291) and 71.6% from the free throw line. They have an average of 74.6 points per game (122nd in college basketball) while hitting 45.6% from the floor.
On defense, the Bears are forcing 10.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.3 fouls. They are ranked 173rd in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 120 surrendered so far this season. The Bears defense is giving up a FG percentage of 45.0% (302 of 671) and they concede 32.5 rebounds per contest as a squad. They give up 34.1% on shots from distance and they rank 280th in college basketball in points per game allowed (72.8).
When they last stepped on the court, the Arizona Wildcats got the win with a final of 83-79 against Illinois. The Wildcats earned 25 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 in this game. They gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while earning 10 steals in the game. Illinois had 15 fouls in this matchup which got the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 18 attempts. They were able to make 12 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 66.7%. When it comes to 3-pointers, Arizona converted 7 of 19 tries (36.8%). When the game finished, the Wildcats shot 32 out of 70 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 45.7%. The Wildcats allowed Illinois to make 27 of their 68 attempts from the field which left them shooting 39.7% in this contest. They finished 44.4% from behind the 3-point line via 16 of 36 and ended up going 9 out of 14 from the charity stripe (64.3%). In reference to how they attacked the glass, Arizona permitted Illinois to pull down 36 in all (13 offensive).
Bennedict Mathurin was important for the Wildcats for this game. He recorded 30 points in his 39 mins of playing time and totaled 1 assist in this matchup. He knocked down 10 out of 17 for the contest for a rate of 58.8%, and totaled 7 rebounds.
Arizona has a win-loss mark of 9-0 for the year. As an offensive unit, the Wildcats are connecting on 49.2% from the field, which ranks them 19th in the nation. Arizona has scored 816 points on the year (90.7 per game) and they grab 44.4 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 21.8 times per contest (1st in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.6 times per contest. The Wildcats are responsible for committing 17.0 fouls every game and they shoot 71.6% from the free throw line.
The Wildcats on the defensive end are ranked 53rd in the nation in points given up per game with 61.7. They are forcing 16.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 35.3% from the field (5th in the nation). The Arizona defense allows 30.6% on shots from distance (64 of 209) and opponents are connecting on 62.0% of their foul shots. They relinquish 10.7 assists and 33.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 76th and 146th in those categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Northern Colorado
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