California Golden Bears vs Washington State Cougars Prediction, 3/8/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: California Golden Bears vs Washington State Cougars
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Location: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
TV: Pac 12 Network
T-Mobile Arena is where the Washington State Cougars (16-15) will take on the California Golden Bears (3-28) on Wednesday.
The California Golden Bears took the court against Oregon State and took a loss by a final of 69-66 in their last game. California ended the contest with a 45.8% FG percentage (22 of 48) and made 5 of their 12 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Golden Bears buried 17 of their 25 shots for a rate of 68.0%. In relation to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 23 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 7 dimes in the matchup while forcing 11 turnovers and having 3 steals. Pertaining to defending, California let their opponent shoot 42.6% from the field on 20 out of 47 shooting. Oregon State recorded 9 dimes and had 3 steals for the game. On top of that, Oregon State totaled 26 rebounds (5 offensive, 21 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Oregon State ended up going 82.8% at the charity stripe by making 24 of their 29 tries. They knocked down 5 of their 13 tries from long range. When it comes to personal fouls, the Golden Bears finished with 20 and Oregon State accumulated 20 personal fouls.
Joel Brown is a player who played a role in this matchup. He ended up finishing with 22 points on 7 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 39 mins and also grabbed 3 boards. He finished the contest at 58.3% from the field and also earned 4 assists.
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California comes into this game with a record of 3-28 for the year. They turn it over 13.1 times per contest and as a group are committing 17.1 fouls per game. As a team, California is pulling down 31.5 rebounds per game and has accumulated 299 assists on the campaign, which has them ranked 358th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Golden Bears are shooting 30.0% on shots from 3-point land (153 of 510) and 72.1% from the free throw line. They average 58.5 pts per contest (363rd in the nation) on 39.2% from the field.
When they are on the defensive end, the Golden Bears have forced 10.3 turnovers per game and they draw 16.5 personal fouls. They are 189th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 399 conceded for the season. The Golden Bears defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 45.3% (776 of 1,712) and they concede 35.3 rebounds per contest as a squad. They give up 33.2% on 3-point attempts while they are 182nd in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (70.1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Washington State Cougars walked away with a victory by a final of 93-84 against Washington. In reference to team rebounding, Washington State allowed Washington to pull down 28 in all (12 on the offensive side). They finished 45.0% from distance by shooting 9 of 20 and ended up going 11 of 16 at the free throw line (68.8%). The Cougars permitted Washington to bury 32 of 64 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.0% in this contest. When the final whistle blew, the Cougars ended up shooting 34 for 67 from the field which gave them a rate of 50.7%. In relation to 3-point attempts, Washington State made 12 of 29 tries (41.4%). They were able to make 13 of those for a percentage of 76.5%. Washington had 18 personal fouls for the contest which got the Cougars to the free throw line for 17 tries. They also gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while getting 5 steals in the matchup. The Cougars collected 21 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 in the matchup.
TJ Bamba ended up having an impact for the Cougars for this game. He had 36 points in his 35 mins of playing time and had 2 dimes in the matchup. He knocked down 13 of 20 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 65.0%, and had 2 rebounds.
Washington State has a win-loss mark of 16-15 for the campaign. The Cougars are committing 15.9 fouls per game and they connect on 71.2% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 11.7 times per game (302nd in the nation) and they turn it over 12.1 times per contest. Washington State has accounted for 2,111 pts for the season (68.1 per contest) and they average 34.9 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Cougars are shooting 42.4% from the field, which has them ranked 300th in the nation.
The Cougars on the defensive end are ranked 48th in Division 1 in PPG allowed with 65.4. They are able to force 10.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.7% from the floor (251st in college basketball). The Washington State defense surrenders 32.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (176 of 545) and opponents are making 68.0% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 11.7 assists and 31.8 rebounds per game, which is 106th and 58th in college basketball.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Washington State
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