Washington Huskies vs California Golden Bears Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Huskies vs California Golden Bears
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+1.5)
The Washington Huskies (1-8) are headed to Haas Pavilion on Saturday where they'll take on the California Golden Bears (5-7). California opens this matchup as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 132.5.
Washington will enter this matchup with a record of 1-8 for the season. They cough up possession 13.7 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 17.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Washington is grabbing 32.3 boards per game and is sitting with 82 dimes for the year, which ranks 280th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Huskies are hitting 24.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (49 of 199) and 71.5% from the free throw line. They have an average of 61.7 points per contest (327th in Division 1) while connecting on 38.3% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Huskies are able to force 13.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.1 personal fouls. The Huskies defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 42.1% (238 of 565) and they relinquish 43.8 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are ranked 292nd in college basketball in giving up assists with 148 surrendered this season. They relinquish 32.6% from 3-point land and they are 263rd in college hoops in PPG allowed (73.7).
The Washington Huskies faced the Stanford Cardinal and ended up losing by a score of 91-75 in their last game. Washington walked away from the contest having earned a 35.7% field goal percentage (25 of 70) and made 8 of their 30 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Huskies converted 17 of their 21 attempts for a rate of 81.0%. Pertaining to rebounding, they compiled 27 with 10 of them being offensive. They also recorded 8 assists for this contest as well as earning 12 steals and 2 blocked shots. In terms of defense, Washington allowed their opponent to shoot 35.7% from the floor on 25 of 70 shooting. Stanford recorded 20 assists and had 5 steals in the game. Moreover, the Cardinal pulled down 46 boards (14 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 2 blocked shots. Stanford finished the contest at 80.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 16 of their 20 tries. They also converted 7 of their 17 shots from 3-point land.
Marcus Tsohonis is a player who was a factor in this game. He ended up with 24 points on 8 of 21 shooting. He was on the court for 33 mins and totaled 5 boards. Tsohonis finished the game at 38.1% from the floor and recorded 2 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in this game for the Huskies was Jamal Bey. He grabbed 3 rebounds and accumulated 2 assists. He ended up shooting 40.0% from the field in the matchup by going 4-of-10 (15 points). In all, Bey played 33 minutes.
California has a record of 5-7 for the campaign. The Golden Bears are committing 17.6 fouls per game and they hit 66.4% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 12.8 times per game (221st in the nation) and they turn it over 13.8 times per contest. California has scored 811 pts for the year (67.6 per game) and they collect 33.5 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Golden Bears are hitting on 44.8% from the floor, which ranks 169th in D-1. The Golden Bears defensively are ranked 140th in D-1 in PPG given up with 68.2. The California defense surrenders 38.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (93 of 243) and opponents are knocking down 67.9% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 14.1 dimes and 32.9 total boards per game, which is ranked 247th and 80th in those defensive categories. They are able to force 12.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.6% from the floor (244th in college basketball).
When they last played, the California Golden Bears took a defeat with a final score of 71-60 when they faced the Washington State Cougars. The Golden Bears recorded 19 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 25 for this contest. They also rejected 2 attempts while getting 8 steals in the game. The Cougars earned 19 fouls in the game which took the Golden Bears to the charity stripe for 22 shots. They were able to convert 15 of them for a clip of 68.2%. In the matter of 3-point attempts, California converted 5 of 21 attempts (23.8%). When all was said and done, the Golden Bears finished 20 for 58 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 34.5%. The Golden Bears allowed the Cougars to make 23 of 52 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 44.2% in the game. They wrapped up this game 38.9% from distance by connecting on 7 of 18 and walked away from this one shooting 18 out of 23 from the free throw line (78.3%). With respect to how they rebounded, California permitted Washington State to collect 38 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Andre Kelly ended up being a factor for the Golden Bears in the matchup. He buried 5 of 8 for this contest giving him a rate of 62.5%, which earned him 11 points. Kelly collected 5 rebounds in his 28 mins played and had 2 dimes for this game. Someone else that ended up playing a role for California was Ryan Betley. He notched 10 points in his 35 minutes played by going 2 out of 11 from the floor for the contest. Betley ended up shooting 18.2% from the field while also earning 2 assists and 5 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Washington (+1.5)
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