Washington State Cougars vs Arizona Wildcats Prediction, 1/7/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs Arizona Wildcats
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2023
Location: McKale Center in Tucson, AZ
TV: Youtube TV
The Arizona Wildcats (13-1) are welcoming the Washington State Cougars (6-9) at McKale Center on Saturday.
The Washington State Cougars stepped onto the hardwood against USC and went home with a win by a final score of 81-71 in their last contest. In relation to fouls, the Cougars walked away with 14 and USC accumulated 21 fouls. They buried 3 out of their 18 shots from long range. USC finished shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by converting 12 of their 16 shots. Moreover, USC snagged 40 rebounds (16 offensive, 24 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. USC doled out 9 dimes and had 4 steals in this game. In terms of defending, Washington State allowed the other team to go 43.1% from the field on 28 out of 65 shooting. They also doled out 16 assists for the game as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and having 6 steals. In regard to getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 28 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. From the charity stripe, the Cougars buried 13 of 20 attempts for a rate of 65.0%. Washington State ended the game with a 49.1% FG percentage (27 of 55) and made 14 of their 29 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Jabe Mullins is one guy who was important in this contest. He recorded 16 points on 6 out of 8 shooting. He played 23 mins played and also grabbed 3 rebounds. He went 75.0% from the field and distributed 1 assist.
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Washington State will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 6-9 so far this year. They average 69.3 points per outing (250th in the country) while hitting 44.0% from the floor. The Cougars are hitting 36.4% on 3-pointers (128 of 352) and 72.4% from the free throw line. As a unit, Washington State is collecting 35.0 boards per contest and has 174 assists on the campaign, which ranks 276th in the country in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 13.6 times per game and as a squad are committing 16.7 fouls per game.
When they are on defense, the Cougars are able to force 10.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.2 fouls. They are 144th in the nation in giving up assists with 171 conceded for the year. The Cougars are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 45.1% (369 of 819) and they relinquish 30.3 rebounds per contest as a team. They relinquish 31.0% on 3-point attempts and they are 103rd in the nation in opponents points per game (65.7).
When they last stepped on the court, the Arizona Wildcats got the victory with a final of 69-60 when they played Arizona State. The Wildcats were able to snag 32 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 38 in this matchup. They also coughed up the ball 13 times, while getting 4 steals in this contest. Arizona State committed 22 fouls for the contest which got the Wildcats to the free throw line for 28 tries. They were able to make 24 of the free throw tries for a rate of 85.7%. When discussing shots from beyond the arc, Arizona buried 5 of 22 attempts (22.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Wildcats went 20 for 53 from the field which had them at 37.7%. The Wildcats allowed Arizona State to convert 25 of 69 attempts from the floor which had them at 36.2% for the game. They wrapped up this game 11.1% from three-point range by hitting 3 out of 27 and ended up shooting 7 out of 10 at the charity stripe (70.0%). In reference to cleaning the glass, Arizona permitted Arizona State to collect 31 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Azuolas Tubelis was important for the Wildcats for the contest. He converted 7 of 14 in this contest for a rate of 50.0%, and accounted for 9 rebounds. He accumulated 21 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood, but didn't record an assist.
Arizona has a win-loss mark of 13-1 this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wildcats are shooting 52.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 2nd in the nation. Arizona has scored 1,242 points this year (88.7 per contest) and they grab 41.9 boards per game. They are getting an assist 20.4 times per contest (2nd in the country) and they lose possession via turnover 14.4 times per game. The Wildcats are responsible for committing 17.5 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 74.3% from the charity stripe.
The Arizona defense concedes 31.8% on shots from 3-point land (113 of 355) and their opponents are converting on 67.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 13.1 dimes and 31.6 boards every game, which ranks 219th and 52nd in Division 1. The Wildcats are ranked 277th in the country in points given up per game with 72.8. They are able to force 12.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 40.5% from the field (71st in Division 1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Arizona
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