Washington State Cougars vs Utah Utes Prediction, 1/19/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington State Cougars vs Utah Utes
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, UT
Jon M. Huntsman Center is the location where the Utah Utes (12-7) will attempt to beat the Washington State Cougars (9-10) on Thursday.
The Washington State Cougars played Stanford and walked away with a win by a score of 60-59 in their last contest. Concerning fouls, the Cougars walked away with 14 while Stanford accumulated 14 fouls. They also converted 7 of their 18 attempts from beyond the arc. Stanford went 66.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 8 of 12 attempts. In addition, Stanford collected 33 boards (13 offensive, 20 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Stanford distributed 10 assists and had 5 steals for the game. When it comes to defense, Washington State allowed their opponent to shoot 43.1% from the field on 22 of 51 shooting. They also distributed 13 dimes for the matchup as well as forcing 8 turnovers and getting 3 steals. Regarding grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 22 with 6 of them being offensive. At the charity stripe, the Cougars made 6 of their 11 attempts for a percentage of 54.5%. Washington State wrapped up the game with a 45.8% FG percentage (22 of 48) and knocked down 10 out of their 27 3-point shots.
Andrej Jakimovski is a guy who was a major contributor for this contest. He shot 75.0% from the field and dished out 2 assists. He was on the court for 31 minutes and also totaled 2 boards. He left the arena with 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting.
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Washington State enters this contest with a record of 9-10 this season. They average 69.0 pts per contest (253rd in D-1) while hitting 43.8% from the field. The Cougars are hitting 37.0% on 3-point shots (170 of 460) and 71.0% from the free throw line. As a unit, Washington State is grabbing 34.8 boards per contest and is sitting with 225 dimes for the season, which ranks 263rd in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.8 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 16.5 personal fouls per game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Cougars are able to force 10.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.1 fouls. They are giving up 29.8% from beyond the arc and they rank 68th in college basketball in points per game allowed (64.9). The Cougars defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 44.2% (461 of 1,042) and they relinquish 31.4 rebounds per contest as a unit. They currently rank 126th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 218 surrendered this year.
When they last played, the Utah Utes took a defeat with a final score of 71-56 when they played USC. With respect to cleaning the glass, Utah permitted USC to get 37 in total (12 on the offensive side). They finished 43.8% from behind the 3-point line via 7 of 16 and walked away from this one shooting 6 out of 8 from the charity stripe (75.0%). The Utes allowed USC to bury 29 out of their 61 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.5% in this game. When the final whistle blew, the Utes went 21 out of 61 from the floor which had them sitting at 34.4%. In terms of shots from beyond the arc, Utah knocked down 8 of their 25 attempts (32.0%). They were able to convert 6 of those for a rate of 100.0%. USC committed 12 fouls in this contest which got the Utes to the free throw line for 6 shots. They also coughed up the ball 10 times, while getting 9 steals for this game. The Utes snagged 19 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 29 for the matchup.
Branden Carlson ended up having an impact for the Utes in the matchup. He scored 21 points in his 32 minutes on the hardwood and added 3 assists for the matchup. He knocked down 8 out of 12 in this game giving him a rate of 66.7%, and accounted for 9 rebounds.
Utah has a win-loss record of 12-7 so far this season. When it comes to offense, the Utes are shooting 44.8% from the field, which ranks them 168th in D-1. Utah has accounted for 1,346 points on the campaign (70.8 per game) and they average 39.8 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 14.4 times per contest (104th in Division 1) and they turn it over 13.0 times per contest. The Utes are responsible for committing 15.6 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 71.1% from the charity stripe.
The Utah defense gives up 28.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter (118 of 422) and opponents are knocking down 63.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 12.1 dimes and 35.2 rebounds every game, which is 143rd and 241st in D-1. The Utes defensively are ranked 26th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 62.3. They are able to force 11.0 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 37.7% from the field (9th in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Utah
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