Washington Huskies vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 1/5/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington Huskies vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2023
Location: McKale Center in Tucson, AZ
TV: Youtube TV
The Washington Huskies (9-6) are on their way to McKale Center on Thursday where they will compete against the Arizona Wildcats (13-1).
The Washington Huskies stepped onto the hardwood against UCLA and took a loss by a final of 74-49 in their last contest. In the matter of fouls, the Huskies ended up with 13 while UCLA recorded 15 fouls. They knocked down 9 of 23 tries from beyond the perimeter. UCLA finished the game shooting 87.5% from the free throw line by making 7 of their 8 attempts. On top of that, UCLA totaled 32 boards (8 offensive, 24 defensive), but didn't notch a block. UCLA doled out 20 assists and had 5 steals in this game. When talking about the defense, Washington allowed the other team to go 45.3% from the floor on 29 of 64 shooting. They also dished out 12 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and earning 4 steals. In regard to hauling in boards, they earned 31 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. When they shot from the free throw line, the Huskies made 9 of 16 tries for a percentage of 56.3%. Washington finished with a 34.5% FG percentage (19 of 55) and made 2 out of their 25 shots from downtown.
Braxton Meah is a guy who had an impact in the matchup. He ended up with 20 points on 9 of 10 shooting. He was on the court for 32 minutes and also totaled 7 boards. He shot 90.0% from the floor but wasn't able to get a dime.
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Washington enters this matchup with a win-loss record of 9-6 this year. They average 68.8 points per game (262nd in D-1) while connecting on 42.9% from the floor. The Huskies are shooting 30.3% on three-point attempts (91 of 300) and 75.4% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Washington is collecting 33.3 boards per contest and has accounted for 165 assists for the campaign, which ranks 303rd in D-1 in terms of passing. They are giving up possession 13.4 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 16.2 personal fouls every game.
On the defensive end, the Huskies are forcing their opponents into 13.7 turnovers per game while drawing 17.2 personal fouls. They give up 28.5% from beyond the arc and they are 144th in D-1 in points per game allowed (67.5). The Huskies are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.0% (375 of 893) and they concede 35.9 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 308th in the nation in giving up assists to the opposition with 213 conceded for the year.
When they last played, the Arizona Wildcats went home victorious with a score of 69-60 when they played Arizona State. In relation to rebounds, Arizona permitted Arizona State to snag 31 in total (7 offensive). They finished shooting 11.1% from 3-point land by connecting on 3 of 27 and ended up going 7 out of 10 at the charity stripe (70.0%). The Wildcats permitted Arizona State to knock down 25 of 69 tries from the floor which had them shooting 36.2% in this game. When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats went 20 for 53 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.7%. Pertaining to shooting from beyond the arc, Arizona converted 5 of 22 tries (22.7%). They were able to make 24 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 85.7%. Arizona State earned 22 personal fouls for this game which got the Wildcats to the charity stripe for 28 shots. They also turned the ball over 13 times, while earning 4 steals for the game. The Wildcats were able to pull down 32 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 38 for the game.
Azuolas Tubelis ended up being a major contributor for the Wildcats in this matchup. He scored 21 points in his 35 mins of playing time, but didn't get an assist. He converted 7 out of 14 for the game giving him a rate of 50.0%, and totaled 9 rebounds.
Arizona has a record of 13-1 for the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Wildcats are shooting 52.2% from the floor, which ranks them 2nd in the nation. Arizona has 1,242 pts so far this year (88.7 per game) and they pull in 41.9 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 20.4 times per contest (2nd in college basketball) and they turn it over 14.4 times per game. The Wildcats have committed 17.5 fouls per contest and they shoot 74.3% from the free throw line.
The Wildcats defensively are ranked 277th in D-1 in PPG given up with 72.8. They are able to force 12.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.5% from the floor (71st in Division 1). The Arizona defense gives up 31.8% on 3-point shots (113 of 355) and their opposition knocks down 67.5% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 13.1 dimes and 31.6 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 219th and 52nd in those categories.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Washington
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