Princeton Tigers vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 3/16/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Princeton Tigers vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Location: Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Princeton (+14)
The Princeton Tigers (21-8) are on their way to Golden 1 Center on Thursday where they will take on the Arizona Wildcats (28-6). Arizona is 14-point favorites. The total is set at 154.
The Princeton Tigers played Yale and went home with a win by a final score of 74-65 in their last game. Princeton ended with a 40.4% field goal percentage (23 out of 57) and made 9 out of their 23 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Tigers buried 19 of their 24 attempts for a percentage of 79.2%. With respect to getting rebounds, they earned a total of 32 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 11 assists in this matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and getting 3 steals. When discussing defense, Princeton allowed 44.0% from the floor on 22 of 50 shooting. Yale distributed 12 dimes and had 3 steals in the game. On top of that, Yale totaled 30 boards (6 offensive, 24 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. Yale shot 68.4% at the free throw line by burying 13 of 19 shots. They buried 8 out of their 22 tries from beyond the arc. In regard to fouls, the Tigers finished with 18 while Yale finished the game with 20 fouls.
Tosan Evbuomwan is a guy who came through in this contest. He finished shooting 57.1% from the floor and dished out 4 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 38 mins played and grabbed 5 rebounds. He recorded 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting.
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Princeton steps onto the hardwood with a mark of 21-8 on the year. They average 76.0 pts per contest (78th in the nation) while shooting 45.7% from the floor. The Tigers are hitting 34.4% on shots from beyond the arc (247 of 717) and 71.2% from the free throw line. As a unit, Princeton is pulling down 39.3 boards per contest and has 392 assists for the year, which is 249th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They turn the ball over 12.4 times per game and as a group they are committing 16.2 personal fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Tigers are forcing their opponents into 10.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.2 personal fouls. They are 14th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 316 conceded for the year. Tigers defense is allowing a FG percentage of 42.1% (729 of 1,731) and they concede 32.8 rebounds per game as a squad. They concede 32.6% on 3-pointers and they are 135th in D-1 in PPG from their opponents (68.6).
In their last game, the Arizona Wildcats walked away with a victory by a final of 61-59 against UCLA. Concerning cleaning up the glass, Arizona permitted UCLA to pull down 32 in all (9 on the offensive glass). They finished 21.1% from three-point range by hitting 4 of 19 and ended up shooting 11 out of 16 at the free throw line (68.8%). The Wildcats permitted UCLA to knock down 22 of 60 tries from the field which had them shooting 36.7% for this contest. When all was said and done, the Wildcats ended up going 19 out of 52 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 36.5%. With respect to three-point shots, Arizona made 6 out of their 20 tries (30.0%). They were able to bury 17 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 68.0%. UCLA was called for 18 personal fouls for the game which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 25 shots. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while getting 3 steals in this matchup. The Wildcats corralled 27 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 36 for the game.
Azuolas Tubelis ended up having an impact for the Wildcats for the contest. He racked up 19 points in his 33 mins of playing time, but wasn't able to notch an assist. He made 5 of 17 for the matchup giving him a rate of 29.4%, and accumulated 14 rebounds.
Arizona has a record of 28-6 this year. The Wildcats are committing 17.0 fouls every game and they shoot 70.9% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 19.2 times per contest (2nd in Division 1) and they turn the ball over 13.4 times per contest. Arizona has accounted for 2,811 pts this season (82.7 per game) and they pull down 39.4 rebounds per game. As an offensive unit, the Wildcats are shooting 49.6% from the floor, which has them ranked 4th in Division 1.
The Wildcats on defense are ranked 224th in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 71.5. They are forcing 12.4 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.8% from the field (36th in Division 1). The Arizona defense gives up 32.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (273 of 833) and their opponents are making 71.4% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 12.8 dimes and 33.1 boards every game, which is ranked 184th and 115th in those categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Arizona (-14)
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