California Golden Bears vs Washington State Cougars Prediction, 3/9/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: California Golden Bears vs Washington State Cougars
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena is the site where the Washington State Cougars (18-13) will go up against the California Golden Bears (12-19) on Wednesday.
The California Golden Bears played Arizona and took a loss by a final of 89-61 in their last game. In the matter of personal fouls, the Golden Bears walked away with 25 while Arizona totaled 20 personal fouls. They buried 6 of 16 attempts from downtown. Arizona finished the game at 74.2% at the free throw line by making 23 of 31 attempts. Additionally, Arizona collected 34 rebounds (4 offensive, 30 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Arizona earned 17 assists and had 5 steals in the matchup. In terms of defense, California allowed the other team to shoot 62.5% from the floor on 30 of 48 shooting. They also recorded 8 dimes for the game while forcing 8 turnovers and getting 4 steals. With regard to pulling down boards, they collected a total of 21 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. At the free throw line, the Golden Bears knocked down 18 of their 28 attempts for a rate of 64.3%. California wrapped up the contest having earned a 38.5% field goal percentage (20 out of 52) and made 3 out of their 15 shots from downtown.
Lars Thiemann is a player who was a factor in this contest. He accounted for 11 points on 3 of 7 shooting. He played for 24 minutes and grabbed 5 rebounds. He finished 42.9% from the floor and distributed 2 dimes.
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California will enter this matchup with a mark of 12-19 for the season. They are averaging 63.2 pts per game (337th in the country) while connecting on 42.4% from the floor. The Golden Bears are hitting 31.3% on three-point attempts (172 of 550) and 72.7% from the charity stripe. As a unit, California is grabbing 34.6 boards per game and is sitting with 334 dimes so far this year, which is 301st in the country in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 11.1 times per contest and as a squad they commit 16.3 personal fouls per contest.
When they are on defense, the Golden Bears are forcing 9.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 14.2 personal fouls. They currently rank 27th in college hoops in giving up assists with 307 surrendered so far this year. The Golden Bears defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 42.3% (728 of 1,723) and they concede 33.7 rebounds per game as a group. They are giving up 31.0% on 3-point attempts while they are 86th in D-1 in PPG allowed (66.1).
For their last game, the Washington State Cougars took home the win by a final score of 94-74 against Oregon. In the matter of rebounding, Washington State allowed Oregon to snag 26 overall (5 offensive). They finished shooting 33.3% from beyond the arc by going 4 of 12 and ended up shooting 18 of 23 at the free throw line (78.3%). The Cougars permitted Oregon to make 26 out of their 54 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 48.1% for this game. When the final whistle blew, the Cougars went 32 out of 64 from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.0%. In the matter of 3-pointers, Washington State buried 16 out of 34 attempts (47.1%). They were able to make 14 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 73.7%. Oregon had 16 fouls for the matchup which took the Cougars to the free throw line for 19 shots. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while earning 4 steals for this game. The Cougars were able to snag 21 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for the matchup.
Noah Williams was important for the Cougars in this game. He totaled 19 points in his 30 minutes on the court and had 8 assists in this contest. He converted 6 out of 13 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 46.2%, and totaled 1 rebound.
Washington State has a record of 18-13 so far this year. The Cougars commit 17.7 personal fouls every game and they go 74.1% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 11.5 times per game (293rd in college basketball) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.4 times per game. Washington State has accounted for 2,242 pts on the season (72.3 per contest) and they grab 37.0 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Cougars are shooting 41.1% from the field, which ranks 318th in the nation.
The Cougars on the defensive end are ranked 61st in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 65.3. They are forcing their opponents into 14.3 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 42.0% from the floor (112th in the country). The Washington State defense allows 32.8% from downtown (200 of 610) and opponents are knocking down 73.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 11.0 dimes and 34.2 rebounds every game, which ranks 58th and 159th in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington State
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