Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans Prediction, 2/20/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2022
Location: Galen Center in Los Angeles, CA
The Washington State Cougars (14-11) are hitting the road to Galen Center on Sunday where they will meet the USC Trojans (22-4).
The Washington State Cougars played UCLA and ended up losing by a score of 76-56 in their last game. In relation to fouls, the Cougars walked away with 14 and UCLA totaled 19 fouls. They converted 10 of their 20 tries from distance. UCLA finished 62.5% at the free throw line by making 10 of their 16 tries. In addition, UCLA snagged 38 boards (9 offensive, 29 defensive), but wasn't able to record a rejection. UCLA totaled 18 assists and had 6 steals for this game. In terms of defense, Washington State allowed the other team to go 51.9% from the field on 28 out of 54 shooting. They also doled out 8 assists for this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 14 turnovers and having 5 steals. Pertaining to rebounding, they earned 22 with 3 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Cougars knocked down 19 of their 26 attempts for a percentage of 73.1%. Washington State ended having earned a 28.3% field goal percentage (15 of 53) and made 7 of their 30 shots from 3-point land.
Andrej Jakimovski is one guy who played a role in this game. He scored 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 minutes and also totaled 6 rebounds. He finished shooting 44.4% from the field but didn't record a dime.
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Washington State heads into this one with a mark of 14-11 on the year. They currently have an average of 70.6 pts per game (194th in D-1) while connecting on 40.6% from the floor. The Cougars are shooting 32.9% on three-point shots (221 of 672) and 73.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Washington State is collecting 37.3 rebounds per game and has totaled 262 assists this year, which is 325th in the country in terms of passing. They cough up possession 11.7 times per contest and as a group they commit 17.6 personal fouls per contest.
On the defensive end of the court, the Cougars are forcing 14.7 turnovers per game and they draw 17.8 fouls. They give up 31.4% on three-point shots and they are 28th in college basketball in points per game allowed (63.0). The Cougars defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 40.8% (561 of 1,376) and they relinquish 34.5 boards per game as a unit. They are ranked 61st in college basketball in giving up assists with 276 conceded this season.
In their last game, the USC Trojans got the win with a final of 79-69 against Washington. The Trojans were able to snag 26 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 36 in the game. They turned it over 14 times, while earning 8 steals for this game. Washington committed 15 personal fouls in the game which took the Trojans to the free throw line for a total of 17 shots. They were able to bury 11 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 64.7%. In terms of shooting from beyond the arc, USC converted 8 of their 20 tries (40.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Trojans walked away from this one shooting 30 for 62 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.4%. The Trojans permitted Washington to knock down 22 of 60 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.7% for the game. They went 37.5% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 6 out of 16 and finished the contest at 19 out of 25 from the free throw line (76.0%). In regard to how they rebounded, USC permitted Washington to grab 34 overall (13 offensive).
Chevez Goodwin pitched in for the Trojans for the matchup. He knocked down 11 of 14 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 78.6%, and had 9 rebounds. He earned 24 points in his 30 minutes of playing time and had 2 dimes for this contest.
USC has a win-loss record of 22-4 on the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Trojans are shooting 45.8% from the floor, which is ranked 80th in Division 1. USC has earned 1,906 pts for the year (73.3 per game) and they pull in 40.8 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 15.1 times per game (60th in college hoops) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 11.3 times per game. The Trojans commit 15.1 fouls per contest and they connect on 65.1% from the charity stripe.
The Trojans are ranked 39th in D-1 in points given up per game with 63.8. They are able to force 10.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 37.7% from the field (7th in D-1). The USC defense surrenders 32.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (177 of 553) and their opponents are knocking down 71.7% of their foul shots. They have conceded 11.5 dimes and 33.9 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 90th and 140th in those categories on the defensive end.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take USC
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