Arizona Wildcats vs Utah Utes Prediction, 2/24/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Arizona Wildcats vs Utah Utes
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Jon M. Huntsman Center is the location where the Utah Utes (11-16) will take on the Arizona Wildcats (24-2) on Thursday.
The Arizona Wildcats faced off with Oregon and earned the victory with a final of 84-81 in their last game. In reference to fouls, the Wildcats ended up finishing with 13 and Oregon totaled 20 fouls. They also converted 9 out of their 26 attempts from three-point range. Oregon finished the game shooting 90.9% when shooting free throws by making 10 of 11 tries. Moreover, Oregon pulled down 32 rebounds (11 offensive, 21 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Oregon earned 12 dimes and had 9 steals in the matchup. In terms of the defense, Arizona allowed their opponent to shoot 45.6% from the field on 31 out of 68 shooting. They also recorded 22 dimes for the matchup while forcing 10 turnovers and earning 2 steals. When discussing hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 32 with 6 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Wildcats converted 11 of 19 shots for a percentage of 57.9%. Arizona ended having earned a 53.4% FG percentage (31 of 58) and converted 11 of 23 three-point attempts.
Bennedict Mathurin is one player who was a major factor for the game. He accounted for 24 points on 9 of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 mins and also totaled 7 rebounds. He shot 52.9% from the field and totaled 5 assists.
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Arizona enters this contest with a record of 24-2 this season. They are averaging 84.8 points per contest (3rd in the nation) while shooting 49.1% from the floor. The Wildcats are shooting 34.2% on shots from downtown (202 of 590) and 71.7% from the free throw line. As a unit, Arizona is grabbing 43.1 boards per contest and has accounted for 530 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 2nd in the country in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 13.5 times per contest and as a unit they commit 16.3 personal fouls every game.
On defense, the Wildcats are able to force 13.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 fouls. They surrender 31.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 77th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (65.8). The Wildcats defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 37.3% (636 of 1,705) and they concede 34.0 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 82nd in the nation in giving up assists with 301 surrendered for the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Utah Utes took home the win by a final score of 60-58 against California. The Utes pulled down 23 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards totaling 27 in this contest. They gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while earning 6 steals in this game. California committed 16 fouls in this matchup which took the Utes to the free throw line for a total of 17 shots. They were able to convert 14 of the free throw tries for a rate of 82.4%. In the matter of shooting from downtown, Utah knocked down 2 of 14 attempts (14.3%). Overall, the Utes shot 22 out of 55 from the field which had them shooting 40.0%. The Utes permitted California to make 18 out of 46 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 39.1% for the game. They shot 18.8% from beyond the arc by shooting 3 of 16 and finished the contest at 19 of 21 from the free throw line (90.5%). In relation to how they rebounded, Utah permitted California to get 33 in total (5 offensive).
Marco Anthony was important for the Utes in the game. He made 5 out of 11 in this matchup for a rate of 45.5%, and totaled 4 rebounds. He scored 13 points in his 35 mins on the hardwood and added 4 assists for this game.
Utah has a record of 11-16 this year. On the offensive side of the court, the Utes are connecting on 41.5% from the floor, which ranks 305th in college hoops. Utah has scored 1,882 points on the season (69.7 per contest) and they average 37.0 rebounds per game. They are getting an assist 13.6 times per contest (150th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 12.3 times per contest. The Utes are responsible for committing 16.9 fouls every game and they go 78.2% from the charity stripe.
The Utes on the defensive side of the court are 189th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 69.3. They are able to force 10.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.6% from the field (157th in college basketball). The Utah defense allows 31.1% on three-point shots (173 of 557) and their opposition knocks down 70.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 12.6 dimes and 35.9 boards per game, which is ranked 173rd and 259th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Utah
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