Utah Utes vs Washington State Cougars Prediction, 12/4/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Utah Utes vs Washington State Cougars
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022
Location: Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA
The Washington State Cougars (3-3) welcome the Utah Utes (6-2) at Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum on Sunday.
The Utah Utes faced off with Arizona and went home with a win by a final score of 81-66 in their last game. Utah ended with a 43.7% FG percentage (31 out of 71) and converted 9 of their 25 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Utes made 10 of their 19 tries for a rate of 52.6%. Concerning rebounding, they earned a total of 48 with 15 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 18 assists in the matchup while creating 12 turnovers and earning 6 steals. Regarding the defense, Utah allowed the other team to go 35.2% from the floor on 25 out of 71 shooting. Arizona earned 18 dimes and had 8 steals for this contest. Moreover, Arizona grabbed 32 rebounds (10 offensive, 22 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. Arizona ended up going 66.7% when shooting free throws by making 12 of their 18 attempts. They knocked down 4 of their 28 attempts from 3-point land. With respect to fouls, the Utes ended up with 16 while Arizona recorded 19 fouls.
Branden Carlson is a guy who was a major factor for the game. He ended up walking away with 22 points on 8 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 25 mins and pulled down 5 rebounds. He shot 53.3% from the field and also earned 1 assist.
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Utah enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 6-2 on the campaign. They are averaging 72.4 points per contest (189th in the nation) while hitting 45.2% from the field. The Utes are shooting 36.1% on 3-point shots (56 of 155) and 67.3% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Utah is snagging 43.4 rebounds per game and has racked up 118 dimes so far this season, which ranks 91st in D-1 in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 12.5 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 14.6 fouls every game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Utes are forcing 10.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.6 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 198th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 95 relinquished for the year. The Utes defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 33.9% (171 of 504) and they relinquish 36.3 rebounds per game as a team. They concede 24.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 23rd in college hoops in PPG allowed (57.9).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Washington State Cougars took a loss by a score of 74-60 when they played Oregon. The Cougars collected 16 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 23 for the contest. They gave up possession of the ball 17 times, while recording 6 steals in the game. Oregon committed 14 fouls for the game which took the Cougars to the charity stripe for a total of 8 tries. They were able to bury 7 of the free throws for a clip of 87.5%. Concerning 3-pointers, Washington State converted 3 of their 14 attempts (21.4%). When this game wrapped up, the Cougars shot 25 for 53 from the field which had them shooting 47.2%. The Cougars permitted Oregon to convert 32 out of 62 tries from the field which had them shooting 51.6% for the matchup. They wrapped up this game 16.7% from beyond the arc by connecting on 3 of 18 and finished the game at 7 out of 8 at the free throw line (87.5%). Regarding team rebounding, Washington State permitted Oregon to snag 28 in total (10 offensive).
Mouhamed Gueye was important for the Cougars in this game. He earned 19 points in his 34 minutes on the hardwood, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes. He knocked down 8 of 12 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 66.7%, and added 5 rebounds.
Washington State has a mark of 3-3 for the season. The Cougars commit 17.8 fouls per game and they shoot 72.7% from the charity stripe. They are getting an assist 12.2 times per contest (265th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 12.7 times per contest. Washington State has tallied 441 pts on the campaign (73.5 per game) and they pull down 34.3 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Cougars are hitting on 46.4% from the field, which ranks them 117th in college hoops.
The Cougars are ranked 92nd in D-1 in PPG given up with 64.3. They are forcing 10.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.2% from the floor (213th in college hoops). The Washington State defense gives up 29.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (29 of 100) and opponents are making 65.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 12.3 assists and 31.2 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 183rd and 42nd in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington State
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