Washington State Cougars vs California Golden Bears Prediction, 2/25/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs California Golden Bears
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Location: Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA
The Washington State Cougars (13-15) are on their way to Haas Pavilion on Saturday where they will attempt to beat the California Golden Bears (3-24).
The Washington State Cougars faced Oregon and went home with a win by a final score of 68-65 in their last contest. Washington State finished the contest having earned a 42.9% field goal percentage (27 out of 63) and converted 9 out of their 23 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Cougars made 5 of 9 attempts for a rate of 55.6%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned 29 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 10 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and having 6 steals. With respect to defense, Washington State allowed their opponent to shoot 49.1% from the field on 27 out of 55 shooting. Oregon dished out 8 dimes and had 5 steals in the game. Additionally, Oregon snagged 37 boards (8 offensive, 29 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Oregon finished the contest at 71.4% when shooting free throws by making 5 of their 7 tries. They made 6 out of their 18 attempts from downtown. When it comes to personal fouls, the Cougars ended up walking away with 11 while Oregon accounted for 12 personal fouls.
Mouhamed Gueye is a player who was a contributor in this matchup. He ended up going 53.3% from the field and also earned 1 assist. He played for 39 mins played and also grabbed 12 boards. He finished with 18 points on 8 out of 15 shooting.
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Washington State steps onto the hardwood with a record of 13-15 for the campaign. They cough up possession 12.4 times per game and as a unit are committing 15.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Washington State is pulling down 34.7 rebounds per game and has tallied 327 assists on the campaign, which ranks 297th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. The Cougars are hitting 36.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (246 of 677) and 70.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 67.4 pts per contest (290th in the nation) while shooting 42.1% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Cougars are forcing their opponents into 11.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.8 personal fouls. They surrender 31.6% on shots from distance and they are 54th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (65.1). The Cougars defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 44.8% (686 of 1,531) and they relinquish 32.1 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are 83rd in the nation in allowing assists with 321 conceded for the year.
When they last stepped on the court, the California Golden Bears went home defeated by a final of 78-43 when they played UCLA. In regard to rebounding, California permitted UCLA to collect 40 overall (9 on the offensive side). They went 30.0% from distance by going 6 of 20 and finished the contest at 12 of 15 at the free throw line (80.0%). The Golden Bears allowed UCLA to convert 30 of 58 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.7% in this game. When the final whistle blew, the Golden Bears ended up going 11 for 50 from the floor which had them sitting at 22.0%. Pertaining to shots from downtown, California converted 3 of 11 tries (27.3%). They were able to make 18 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 78.3%. UCLA had 15 fouls for this game which took the Golden Bears to the charity stripe for a total of 23 shots. They coughed up the ball 13 times, while recording 7 steals for the game. The Golden Bears pulled down 19 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 25 for the game.
Joel Brown ended up being a factor for the Golden Bears for the game. He made 5 of 12 for this contest for a rate of 41.7%, and had 1 rebound. He accumulated 10 points in his 32 minutes on the court, but wasn't able to earn an assist.
California has a win-loss mark of 3-24 this year. The Golden Bears are responsible for committing 16.9 fouls every game and they go 72.2% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 9.7 times per game (358th in the country) and they are giving up possession 13.4 times per game. California has totaled 1,584 pts so far this season (58.7 per game) and they average 31.8 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Golden Bears are shooting 39.5% from the floor, which is 357th in the nation.
The California defense gives up 33.7% on 3-point attempts (195 of 578) and opponents are connecting on 71.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 13.3 assists and 35.0 total boards per game, which is ranked 221st and 251st in the nation. The Golden Bears are ranked 189th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 70.1. They have forced 10.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.4% from the floor (292nd 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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