Wyoming Cowboys vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 12/8/2021 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Wyoming Cowboys vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Location: McKale Center in Tucson, AZ
McKale Center is the location where the Arizona Wildcats (7-0) will play the Wyoming Cowboys (8-0) on Wednesday.
The Wyoming Cowboys faced McNeese State and earned the victory with a final of 79-58 in their last game. In relation to personal fouls, the Cowboys ended up walking away with 11 while McNeese State recorded 23 personal fouls. They also buried 8 out of their 31 tries from long range. McNeese State finished the game at 36.4% from the free throw line by making 4 of 11 attempts. On top of that, McNeese State pulled down 33 rebounds (9 offensive, 24 defensive), but didn't notch a block. McNeese State dished out 9 assists and had 2 steals for this contest. When discussing the defense, Wyoming allowed their opponent to shoot 35.4% from the floor on 23 out of 65 shooting. They also doled out 13 assists in this game in addition to creating 7 turnovers and earning 2 steals. Regarding pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 43 with 11 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Cowboys buried 18 of their 24 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. Wyoming ended the contest with a 43.5% field goal percentage (27 out of 62) and made 7 of 24 three-point attempts.
Hunter Maldonado is a guy who was a contributor in this matchup. He ended up going 50.0% from the field and distributed 5 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 32 minutes and pulled down 4 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 20 points on 5 out of 10 shooting.
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Wyoming will play this contest with a win-loss mark of 8-0 for the season. They currently have an average of 82.3 points per outing (31st in D-1) while connecting on 50.1% from the field. The Cowboys are hitting 38.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (76 of 200) and 68.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Wyoming is collecting 40.5 rebounds per game and has totaled 104 dimes this season, which has them ranked 232nd in the country in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 9.5 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 14.5 personal fouls per game.
On the defensive end, the Cowboys are forcing 10.8 turnovers every game and they draw 19.8 fouls. They surrender 26.0% on shots from distance and they are 28th in college basketball in opponents PPG (59.0). The Cowboys are allowing a shooting percentage of 36.1% (176 of 488) and they surrender 33.8 rebounds per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 16th in college hoops in giving up assists with 67 relinquished so far this season.
In their last game, the Arizona Wildcats got the victory with a final of 90-65 when they faced Oregon State. The Wildcats snagged 21 defensive boards and 15 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 in this matchup. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while getting 13 steals in the matchup. Oregon State earned 21 personal fouls for this contest which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They were able to bury 15 of those for a percentage of 62.5%. In terms of shooting from beyond the arc, Arizona converted 9 of their 32 tries (28.1%). Overall, the Wildcats ended up going 33 for 70 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.1%. The Wildcats allowed Oregon State to knock down 26 out of 59 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 44.1% for this game. They finished 35.7% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 5 out of 14 and finished the game at 8 of 14 from the free throw line (57.1%). Regarding how they rebounded, Arizona allowed Oregon State to snag 29 overall (13 offensive).
Bennedict Mathurin was important for the Wildcats in this matchup. He buried 11 out of 18 in the matchup for a rate of 61.1%, and had 6 rebounds. He accumulated 29 points in his 30 minutes on the court and had 1 assist for the contest.
Arizona has a win-loss mark of 7-0 for the campaign. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wildcats are connecting on 49.1% from the field, which has them ranked 30th in Division 1. Arizona has 639 pts for the season (91.3 per contest) and they pull down 45.0 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.0 times per game (1st in D-1) and they are turning it over 12.7 times per contest. The Wildcats commit 17.3 fouls per game while shooting 71.4% from the free throw line.
The Wildcats on the defensive side of the court are 26th in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 58.7. They are able to force 17.1 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 34.0% from the floor (2nd in college basketball). The Arizona defense gives up 27.0% on shots from 3-point land (40 of 148) and opponents are making 60.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 10.3 dimes and 33.7 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 58th and 143rd in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Wyoming
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