Washington Huskies vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 2/27/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Huskies vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Location: McKale Center in Tucson, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+14.5)
The Arizona Wildcats (16-8) host the Washington Huskies (5-19) at McKale Center on Saturday. Arizona opens this contest as 14.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 146.5.
Washington heads into this contest with a record of 5-19 this season. They average 66.3 points per game (287th in the nation) while going 41.6% from the field. The Huskies are shooting 33.1% on shots from beyond the arc (180 of 543) and 70.0% from the charity stripe. As a team, Washington is pulling in 31.2 boards per contest and has earned 254 assists on the season, which has them ranked 202nd in the country in terms of passing. They turn it over 13.7 times per contest and as a group they commit 17.9 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Huskies are able to force 12.2 turnovers every game and they draw 16.8 fouls. They concede 34.3% on 3-point attempts and they rank 303rd in college hoops in points per game allowed (76.6). The Huskies defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.3% (664 of 1,467) and they relinquish 39.3 boards per game as a group. They are ranked 338th in D-1 in giving up assists with 382 conceded so far this season.
The Washington Huskies faced the Arizona State Sun Devils and took a loss by a score of 80-72 in their last contest. Washington finished having earned a 42.9% field goal percentage (27 of 63) and converted 11 of 27 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Huskies made 7 of 14 attempts for a rate of 50.0%. In reference to hauling in boards, they compiled 35 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 15 assists in this contest in addition to creating 11 turnovers and having 5 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Washington allowed the other team to shoot 48.3% from the floor on 29 out of 60 shooting. Arizona State doled out 17 assists and had 5 steals in this contest. In addition, Arizona State snagged 36 boards (7 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Arizona State finished 76.2% at the free throw line by converting 16 of their 21 shots. They also knocked down 6 out of their 15 attempts from distance.
Quade Green is a guy who came through for this game. He accounted for 16 points on 7 out of 15 shooting. He was on the court for 36 minutes played and also pulled down 2 boards. Green ended up going 46.7% from the floor and also recorded 7 assists. An additional guy that was a contributor in this matchup for the Huskies was Jamal Bey. He collected 6 rebounds in his 35 min on the court. He walked away from this one shooting 35.7% from the field in this contest by shooting 5-of-14 (14 points). When all was said and done, Bey accounted for 2 assists.
Arizona has a win-loss mark of 16-8 so far this year. Arizona has accounted for 1,817 pts this year (75.7 per game) and they collect 38.6 boards per game. The Wildcats are committing 17.8 personal fouls every game and they shoot 72.2% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wildcats are shooting 45.1% from the floor, which ranks 126th in the country. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 15.5 times per game (58th in college basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 12.1 times per game. The Wildcats on defense are ranked 112th in D-1 in points allowed per game with 67.9. They concede 11.2 assists and 31.1 boards per contest, which has them ranked 56th and 31st in college hoops. The Arizona defense surrenders 33.5% on three-point shots (166 of 495) and their opponents are connecting on 69.8% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing 12.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.6% from the field (149th in D-1).
In their last game, the Arizona Wildcats walked away with a victory by a final of 69-53 when they faced the Washington State Cougars. The Wildcats pulled down 27 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 in the matchup. They also coughed it up 12 times, while getting 8 steals in this matchup. The Cougars committed 15 fouls for this game which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 19 attempts. They were able to convert 13 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 68.4%. With respect to shooting from downtown, Arizona converted 4 out of their 11 attempts (36.4%). In all, the Wildcats walked away from this one shooting 26 for 52 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0%. The Wildcats permitted the Cougars to make 20 of 63 tries from the field which had them shooting 31.7% in this matchup. They shot 25.0% from distance by shooting 7 out of 28 and ended up going 6 out of 11 at the free throw line (54.5%). In regard to team rebounding, Arizona permitted Washington State to snag 30 in total (14 on the offensive glass).
James Akinjo ended up having an impact for the Wildcats in this game. He converted 6 of 14 for this game giving him a rate of 42.9%, and accounted for 6 rebounds. Akinjo tallied 19 points in his 36 mins on the hardwood and added 4 assists for this contest. One more player that was pivotal for Arizona was Bennedict Mathurin. He finished this one with 2 dimes in 38 mins played, and he converted 5 of 7 from the floor. Mathurin finished going 71.4% from the floor while notching 14 points and 4 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington (+14.5)
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