Washington State Cougars vs California Golden Bears Prediction, 2/5/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs California Golden Bears
Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022
Location: Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA
Haas Pavilion is the location where the California Golden Bears (9-13) will try to defeat the Washington State Cougars (12-7) on Saturday.
The Washington State Cougars stepped onto the hardwood against Colorado and earned the victory with a final of 70-43 in their last game. Washington State finished the contest having earned a 49.1% field goal percentage (26 out of 53) and converted 12 of their 28 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Cougars knocked down 6 of their 9 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. In terms of rebounding, they collected 38 with 13 of them being offensive. They also recorded 12 dimes for this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 15 turnovers and having 8 steals. In reference to the defense, Washington State allowed the other team to shoot 28.6% from the floor on 16 out of 56 shooting. Colorado distributed 8 assists and had 6 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Colorado pulled down 30 rebounds (14 offensive, 16 defensive), but didn't have a block. Colorado ended up shooting 71.4% at the charity stripe by knocking down 5 of their 7 attempts. They made 6 of 18 attempts from long range. Regarding personal fouls, the Cougars finished with 13 while Colorado recorded 11 personal fouls.
Michael Flowers is one player who was a major factor in this contest. He shot 66.7% from the floor and dished out 5 assists. He saw the court for 27 mins and also pulled down 5 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 16 points on 6 out of 9 shooting.
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Washington State enters this game with a win-loss record of 12-7 on the season. They average 73.8 points per game (124th in the country) while hitting 42.5% from the field. The Cougars are shooting 33.6% on shots from beyond the arc (168 of 500) and 74.6% from the free throw line. As a unit, Washington State is pulling in 38.7 boards per contest and has tallied 205 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 330th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession via turnover 12.2 times per contest and as a group are committing 18.7 fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Cougars are forcing 14.5 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.5 personal fouls. They rank 16th in D-1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 186 conceded on the campaign. The Cougars defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 39.3% (407 of 1,036) and they surrender 32.7 rebounds per game as a group. They give up 30.6% from beyond the arc and they are 28th in college basketball in PPG allowed (62.3).
When they last played, the California Golden Bears took a defeat with a final score of 57-50 against Stanford. The Golden Bears were able to pull down 24 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards totaling 28 for this game. They also coughed it up 8 times, while recording 2 steals in the game. Stanford was called for 15 fouls for this game which got the Golden Bears to the charity stripe for 12 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of those for a rate of 91.7%. In regard to shots from 3-point land, California buried 3 out of 14 tries (21.4%). When all was said and done, the Golden Bears shot 18 for 51 from the field which gave them a percentage of 35.3%. The Golden Bears permitted Stanford to bury 21 of their 50 attempts from the field which had them at 42.0% for the game. They shot 20.0% from three-point range by going 3 out of 15 and walked away from this one shooting 12 out of 17 from the charity stripe (70.6%). With respect to rebounding, California allowed Stanford to grab 32 in all (4 offensive).
Andre Kelly ended up having an impact for the Golden Bears in this matchup. He tallied 12 points in his 23 minutes on the court and had 2 assists in this contest. He knocked down 6 of 8 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 75.0%, and earned 5 rebounds.
California has a mark of 9-13 this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Golden Bears are shooting 43.7% from the field, which is ranked 206th in Division 1. California has earned 1,413 pts on the season (64.2 per contest) and they pull down 34.6 rebounds per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 10.4 times per contest (337th in the nation) and they are turning it over 11.1 times per game. The Golden Bears are committing 15.9 fouls per contest and they hit 72.8% from the free throw line.
The Golden Bears are ranked 80th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 65.5. They are forcing 9.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 41.8% from the floor (122nd in D-1). The California defense surrenders 30.1% on shots from beyond the arc (132 of 439) and opponents are converting on 75.3% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 9.5 assists and 33.3 boards per game, which is 12th and 108th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take California
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