Utah Utes vs California Golden Bears Prediction, 2/11/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Utes vs California Golden Bears
Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021
Location: Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-6)
The California Golden Bears (7-14) host the Utah Utes (8-7) at Haas Pavilion on Thursday. Utah opens this matchup as 6-point favorites. The O/U opens at 133.5.
Utah will take the court with a win-loss record of 8-7 for the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.4 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 17.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Utah is snagging 32.7 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 233 assists this year, which has them ranked 143rd in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. The Utes are hitting 33.7% on shots from distance (97 of 288) and 76.1% from the free throw line. They are averaging 70.5 points per contest (209th in Division 1) while going 45.8% from the field. When they are on defense, the Utes are forcing 13.9 turnovers every game while drawing 17.5 personal fouls. They concede 35.2% on 3-pointers and they rank 85th in the nation in PPG allowed (66.6). The Utes defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 42.4% (357 of 841) and they concede 34.3 boards per contest as a group. They are 148th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 199 relinquished for the year.
The Utah Utes played the Arizona Wildcats and took home the win by a score of 73-58 in their last contest. Utah wrapped up the contest having earned a 50.9% FG percentage (27 out of 53) and made 8 out of their 15 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Utes converted 11 of their 14 tries for a rate of 78.6%. Regarding rebounding, they collected 28 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 10 dimes for this game while getting 7 steals and 2 blocks. Concerning defense, Utah allowed the other team to go 50.9% from the field on 27 of 53 shooting. Arizona dished out 12 dimes and had 6 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Wildcats pulled down 32 boards (13 offensive, 19 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Arizona finished 80.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 16 of 20 tries. They also buried 2 out of their 9 tries from three-point range.
Timmy Allen is one player who was a major factor in the matchup. He accounted for 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He played for 37 mins and snagged 9 rebounds. Allen ended up shooting 53.8% from the field and recorded 2 dimes. Someone else that was a major factor in this contest for the Utes was Pelle Larsson. He collected 3 boards and accounted for 4 assists. He finished the contest at 55.6% from the field for this contest by hitting 5-of-9 (14 points). When the final whistle was blown, Larsson saw the court for 27 min.
California has a win-loss record of 7-14 for the year. California has scored 1,395 points on the year (66.4 per contest) and they average 31.6 boards per game. The Golden Bears are committing 17.6 fouls per contest and they connect on 68.7% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Golden Bears are shooting 43.6% from the floor, which is ranked 211th in college hoops. They are assisting teammates 12.5 times per game (233rd in D-1) and they turn it over 13.3 times per game. The Golden Bears on the defensive end are ranked 182nd in D-1 in PPG allowed with 70.2. They have forced 12.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (305th in college basketball). The California defense allows 38.6% on shots from 3-point land (146 of 378) and opponents are knocking down 69.4% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 13.7 dimes and 33.1 total boards per game, which is ranked 232nd and 94th in college hoops.
When they last stepped on the court, the California Golden Bears took a loss by a final score of 76-70 against the Stanford Cardinal. The Golden Bears were able to snag 20 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards for a total of 29 for the matchup. They also blocked 2 shots while recording 3 steals in this matchup. The Cardinal committed 16 personal fouls for the game which took the Golden Bears to the free throw line for a total of 19 shots. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw tries for a rate of 84.2%. Regarding shots from beyond the arc, California knocked down 8 of their 24 tries (33.3%). When all was said and done, the Golden Bears shot 23 for 61 from the floor which had them at 37.7%. The Golden Bears permitted the Cardinal to knock down 28 out of their 48 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 58.3% for the game. They finished 22.2% from distance by connecting on 2 of 9 and finished the contest at 18 of 30 at the free throw line (60.0%). With respect to rebounding, California allowed Stanford to pull down 31 overall (4 on the offensive side).
Matt Bradley was important for the Golden Bears for the matchup. He made 5 of 13 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 38.5%, which gave him 15 points. Bradley grabbed 2 boards in his 35 minutes played and accumulated 2 dimes in this game. One more player that was pivotal for California was Joel Brown. He totaled 12 points in 34 minutes on the court by going 3 of 6 from the floor in the game. Brown ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor and also contributing 4 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take California (+6)
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