California Golden Bears vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 12/4/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: California Golden Bears vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022
Location: McKale Center in Tucson, AZ
TV: Hulu Live TV
The California Golden Bears (0-8) are hitting the road to McKale Center on Sunday where they will try to beat the Arizona Wildcats (6-1).
The California Golden Bears played USC and took a loss by a score of 66-51 in their last game. California ended the contest with a 27.7% field goal percentage (18 of 65) and converted 3 out of their 12 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Golden Bears buried 12 of their 17 attempts for a percentage of 70.6%. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they earned 29 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 6 assists for the game in addition to forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and having 6 steals. Pertaining to defending, California allowed their opponent to shoot 44.2% from the floor on 23 of 52 shooting. USC recorded 10 assists and had 3 steals in the game. In addition, USC grabbed 37 rebounds (9 offensive, 28 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. USC went 93.8% from the charity stripe by converting 15 of their 16 shots. They made 5 of 16 attempts from 3-point range. In reference to fouls, the Golden Bears ended up with 14 while USC had 17 fouls.
Devin Askew is one player who came through in the matchup. He was able to score 23 points on 7 of 21 shooting. He played 33 mins and snagged 4 rebounds. He shot 33.3% from the floor and dished out 2 assists.
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California enters this game with a win-loss mark of 0-8 for the campaign. They average 57.5 points per contest (360th in D-1) while connecting on 38.7% from the field. The Golden Bears are hitting 28.8% on three-point shots (38 of 132) and 76.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, California is collecting 32.4 rebounds per game and is sitting with 73 assists on the year, which ranks 339th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 15.0 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 17.5 fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end of the court, the Golden Bears have forced 10.8 turnovers per game while drawing 17.5 fouls. They are 173rd in college basketball in allowing assists with 92 conceded on the year. The Golden Bears defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 42.8% (182 of 425) and they surrender 33.1 boards per game as a unit. They are giving up 35.4% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 116th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (65.9).
When they last played, the Arizona Wildcats walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 81-66 when they faced Utah. The Wildcats earned 22 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards for a total of 32 for this game. They gave up possession 12 times, while getting 8 steals for this contest. Utah committed 16 fouls for the contest which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 18 shots. They were able to knock down 12 of them for a percentage of 66.7%. Concerning 3-pointers, Arizona converted 4 out of their 28 tries (14.3%). When all was said and done, the Wildcats shot 25 out of 71 from the field which had them sitting at 35.2%. The Wildcats allowed Utah to convert 31 of 71 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 43.7% in the matchup. They finished shooting 36.0% from distance by going 9 out of 25 and ended up shooting 10 out of 19 from the free throw line (52.6%). In relation to rebounding, Arizona allowed Utah to snag 48 in all (15 offensive).
Oumar Ballo was important for the Wildcats for the game. He converted 10 of 12 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 83.3%, and had 7 rebounds. He recorded 22 points in his 25 mins on the court, but left the arena with no assists.
Arizona has a record of 6-1 on the campaign. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wildcats are connecting on 56.1% from the floor, which is 1st in college basketball. Arizona has 651 points on the campaign (93.0 per game) and they grab 41.7 rebounds per game. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 21.3 times per game (3rd in college basketball) and they turn the ball over 16.6 times per contest. The Wildcats are responsible for committing 20.3 fouls every game and they connect on 72.7% from the free throw line.
The Arizona defense surrenders 36.4% on shots from distance (64 of 176) and their opponents are connecting on 64.7% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 12.4 dimes and 32.3 total rebounds per game, which is 193rd and 85th in Division 1. The Wildcats defensively are ranked 344th in college hoops in PPG given up with 79.0. They are forcing their opponents into 12.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 41.0% from the floor (124th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take California
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