The California Golden Bears are off to a horrible 3-28 start to the 2022-23 NCAA Basketball season, last in the Pac-12 Conference, and are on a terrible 15-game losing streak. They are coming off a loss against the Oregon State Beavers (69-66) in their previous outing where Joel Brown looked different than the rest. He scored 22 points for his team and took his team very close to the finish line. However, the Bears lost the game by 3 points. They will now take on the Washington State Cougars, who are on a mixed 16-15 start to the season, sixth in the same conference, are on an impressive six-game winning streak, and managed a win against the Washington Huskies (93-84) in their last outing. TJ Bamba led the scoring charts with a brilliant 36-point performance while other players contributed in double figures.
The game will now be hosted at the T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday (March 8) a neutral venue for both teams, where the Cougars will look to secure their seventh consecutive win. On the other hand, the Golden Bears will look to avoid their 16th straight loss.
California Golden Bears vs. Washington State Cougars: Betting Odds
|California Golden Bears||+650||+14 (-110)||O 126.5 (-110)|
|Washington State Cougars||-1000||-14 (-110)||U 126.5 (-110)|
California Golden Bears vs. Washington State Cougars: Key Stats
The Golden Bears have had the worst season by far as their conference record is only 2-12, whereas their away record is yet to register a win at 0-12. The team is way down the average mark in offense, scoring only 58.5 points per game, which ranks 363rd in the country, along with 27.7 offensive rebounds, while conceding a lot more at 70.1 points per game, which ranks 186th in the country.
Lars Thiemann is the leading scorer for the team, who averages only 9.5 ppg. Joel Brown is the assists leader with 3.1 assists per game and Obinna Anyanwu has the best field goal percentage of 66.7. Thiemann also leads the team when it comes to defensive rebounds, averaging 5.5 per game. ND Okafor records 0.7 blocks per game.
The Washington State Cougars are much better compared to the Golden Bears with a conference record of 11-9 and a solid home record of 10-3. The team is just below the average mark in offense, scoring 68.1 points per game, which ranks 275th in the nation, along with 32.1 offensive rebounds, while conceding 65.4 points per game, which ranks 53rd in the nation.
TJ Bamba averages the highest in the team’s offense, scoring 15.7 points per game (PPG) while Justin Powell records 2.9 assists per game. Adrame Diongue has the best field goal percentage at 52.6. Mouhamed Gueye has the best defensive rebounding on the team, averaging 8.6 rebounds per game.
California Golden Bears vs. Washington State Cougars: Match Details
Fixture: California Golden Bears @ Washington State Cougars
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 p.m. ET
Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada
California Golden Bears vs. Washington State Cougars: Prediction
The two teams have already faced each other twice this season and the Cougars came out victorious on both occasions. They definitely have the advantage as they are performing far better than the Golden Bears. However, the underdog team in this fixture is 4-1 against the spread in their last five meetings and the Cougars are 2-10 against the spread in neutral venues. Since the game will be held at a neutral venue, expect the Golden Bears to cover the spread at least.