Arizona Wildcats vs Washington State Cougars Prediction, 1/26/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Arizona Wildcats vs Washington State Cougars
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
Location: Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, WA
Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum is the site where the Washington State Cougars (9-12) will attempt to defeat the Arizona Wildcats (17-3) on Thursday.
The Arizona Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against UCLA and went home with a win by a final score of 58-52 in their last contest. Arizona ended the contest having earned a 38.8% FG percentage (19 out of 49) and knocked down 5 out of their 18 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Wildcats buried 15 of 20 attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. In reference to getting rebounds, they compiled 35 with 7 of them being offensive. They also dished out 13 assists for the game in addition to forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and earning 6 steals. In terms of the defense, Arizona allowed the other team to shoot 31.3% from the field on 21 of 67 shooting. UCLA recorded 13 assists and had 9 steals for the contest. In addition, UCLA had 36 rebounds (15 offensive, 21 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. UCLA finished the game shooting 54.5% from the charity stripe by making 6 of 11 tries. They made 4 out of their 20 attempts from beyond the arc. Concerning personal fouls, the Wildcats finished with 13 while UCLA recorded 16 personal fouls.
Oumar Ballo is someone who came through for the contest. He was able to score 16 points on 4 of 8 shooting. He played 31 minutes played and also pulled down 8 rebounds. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the field and dished out 1 assist.
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Arizona heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 17-3 for the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.4 times per game and as a squad they commit 17.2 fouls every game. As a team, Arizona is pulling in 41.4 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 387 dimes on the year, which ranks 3rd in the nation in terms of passing the ball. The Wildcats are connecting on 35.4% on shots from downtown (161 of 455) and 73.0% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 83.3 points per game (13th in D-1) while going 48.7% from the floor.
When they are on defense, the Wildcats are forcing 12.4 turnovers every game and they draw 20.5 fouls. They are 204th in D-1 in giving up assists with 260 surrendered for the year. The Wildcats are allowing a shooting percentage of 40.4% (529 of 1,309) and they relinquish 33.9 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They give up 31.8% from 3-point land and they rank 255th in Division 1 in points per game from their opponents (72.0).
When they last played, the Washington State Cougars went home defeated by a final of 58-55 when they faced Colorado. The Cougars earned 19 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 27 for the game. They also turned the ball over 14 times, while recording 7 steals in the game. Colorado was called for 16 fouls in the game which took the Cougars to the free throw line for a total of 15 attempts. They were able to make 11 of those for a rate of 73.3%. With respect to shots from 3-point land, Washington State made 4 of 16 attempts (25.0%). In all, the Cougars shot 20 for 51 from the floor which gave them a rate of 39.2%. The Cougars allowed Colorado to knock down 21 of their 42 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.0% for the contest. They shot 28.6% from 3-point land by shooting 2 out of 7 and walked away from this one shooting 14 out of 23 at the free throw line (60.9%). In the matter of rebounding, Washington State permitted Colorado to pull down 27 in all (6 on the offensive side).
TJ Bamba ended up having an impact for the Cougars in this game. He totaled 18 points in his 32 minutes on the court and had 2 dimes in the matchup. He converted 8 of 18 in the game giving him a rate of 44.4%, and had 1 rebound.
Washington State has a win-loss mark of 9-12 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Cougars are shooting 43.1% from the field, which ranks them 262nd in the country. Washington State has accounted for 1,429 points on the year (68.0 per contest) and they pull in 34.5 rebounds per contest. Their rate of earning assists is at 11.5 times per game (309th in the country) and they cough up possession 12.8 times per contest. The Cougars are responsible for committing 16.5 personal fouls per game and they hit 71.6% from the free throw line.
The Cougars defensively are ranked 72nd in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 65.1. They are forcing 10.9 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.0% from the field (281st in college basketball). The Washington State defense gives up 30.5% on shots from distance (108 of 354) and their opposition makes 66.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquish 11.6 dimes and 31.5 boards per contest, which ranks them 108th and 47th in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington State
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