California Golden Bears vs USC Trojans Prediction, 1/29/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: California Golden Bears vs USC Trojans
Date: Saturday, January 29, 2022
Location: Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA
The California Golden Bears (9-10) are headed to Galen Center on Saturday where they will meet the USC Trojans (17-2).
The California Golden Bears faced off with Arizona and took a loss by a final of 96-71 in their last game. When it comes to fouls, the Golden Bears finished with 17 and Arizona had 14 fouls. They made 11 of 27 shots from distance. Arizona finished the contest at 82.1% at the free throw line by converting 23 of their 28 tries. Additionally, Arizona grabbed 42 rebounds (13 offensive, 29 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Arizona recorded 14 assists and had 2 steals for the game. Concerning defending, California allowed the other team to go 48.4% from the field on 31 out of 64 shooting. They also distributed 11 assists in this matchup while creating 8 turnovers and getting 4 steals. In reference to getting rebounds, they collected 34 with 12 of them being offensive. From the charity stripe, the Golden Bears knocked down 14 of their 19 attempts for a percentage of 73.7%. California walked away from the contest having earned a 35.2% field goal percentage (25 out of 71) and converted 7 out of their 17 shots from 3-point land.
Jordan Shepherd is one guy who was important for this contest. He accounted for 21 points on 7 of 19 shooting. He was on the court for 33 mins and also collected 4 boards. He finished 36.8% from the floor and also dished out 4 dimes.
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California enters this one with a win-loss mark of 9-10 for the year. They are averaging 64.9 points per contest (316th in college basketball) while hitting 43.6% from the field. The Golden Bears are hitting 33.5% on 3-point shots (105 of 313) and 72.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, California is pulling in 35.8 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 205 assists for the year, which has them ranked 294th in college basketball in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.0 times per game and as a group they are committing 15.5 fouls per contest.
When they are on the defensive end, the Golden Bears are forcing their opponents into 9.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 14.2 fouls. They are 27th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 180 surrendered this year. The Golden Bears defense is giving up a FG percentage of 40.9% (438 of 1,072) and they relinquish 33.5 rebounds per contest as a squad. They relinquish 30.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 68th in college basketball in points per game allowed (64.5).
For their last game, the USC Trojans walked away with a victory by a final of 78-56 when they faced Arizona State. When discussing how they rebounded, USC allowed Arizona State to snag 23 overall (7 offensive). They went 26.7% from 3-point land by going 8 out of 30 and ended up shooting 4 out of 5 at the free throw line (80.0%). The Trojans allowed Arizona State to convert 22 of their 64 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 34.4% in this contest. When the final whistle blew, the Trojans went 27 for 59 from the floor which had them sitting at 45.8%. Concerning 3-point shots, USC buried 10 of 22 tries (45.5%). They were able to bury 14 of the free throw tries for a clip of 73.7%. Arizona State had 18 fouls in this matchup which got the Trojans to the free throw line for a total of 19 shots. They turned the ball over 16 times, while recording 6 steals for the contest. The Trojans recorded 32 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds totaling 47 for the game.
Drew Peterson ended up being a major contributor for the Trojans in the matchup. He made 6 of 8 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 75.0%, and earned 8 rebounds. He racked up 16 points in his 27 mins on the hardwood and had 2 dimes for the game.
USC has a record of 17-2 this year. When it comes to offense, the Trojans are shooting 47.3% from the floor, which ranks 41st in college basketball. USC has scored 1,425 points on the season (75.0 per contest) and they grab 42.3 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.9 times per game (75th in college basketball) and they turn it over 11.4 times per contest. The Trojans have committed 14.7 fouls per game and they shoot 62.4% from the charity stripe.
The USC defense allows 31.5% on three-point shots (135 of 429) and their opposition knocks down 70.0% of their free throw shots. They surrender 11.2 assists and 33.2 boards per game, which ranks 71st and 106th in college hoops. The Trojans on the defensive side of the court are 38th in college basketball in points given up per game with 63.0. They have forced 10.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 36.9% from the floor (3rd in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take California
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