Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington State Cougars Odds, Picks, and Prediction
The sixth-ranked Arizona Wildcats square off against the Washington State Cougars in a Pac-12 matchup. This Washington State Cougars game today provides fans and bettors with an exciting head-to-head meeting between these two talented NCAA basketball teams. While some bettors may already be thinking about betting on March Madness, this contest offers an opportunity to make a solid return.
Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington State Cougars Odds
In the Arizona vs Washington State picks, the 17-3 Wildcats are the moneyline favorites at -194. In contrast, the NCAAB odds are against the 9-12 Cougars. As a result, they are the moneyline underdogs at +160. The spread is currently set with Arizona at -4.5 (-110) and Washington State at +4.5 (-110). Additionally, the over/under total is 145.5 (-110).
This matchup looks to be one of the best college basketball picks today. Arizona should top the Cougars while beating the spread. However, betting on the under is the safest bet in this contest.
Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington State Cougars Information
Arizona Wildcats vs Washington State Cougars
Location of the game: Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum. Pullman, WA.
Date: Thursday, January 26. 11:00 PM EST.
How to watch: FS1.
Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington State Cougars Betting Preview
Wildcats Schedule Has Been Packed with Exciting Games
The Arizona Wildcats schedule has been packed with exciting games this season. The Wildcats’ 17-9 record has placed them third in the Pac-12 behind Utah and UCLA. So, the Wildcats will be looking to make up ground in this contest against the Cougars.
Arizona is 3-2 in their last five games. Their previous game was a low-scoring 58-52 victory over UCLA, as the Wildcats handed the Bruins their first conference defeat this year. Arizona has also beaten USC and Oregon State over their previous five games. However, the Wildcats dropped their last meeting with Oregon and lost to Washington State 74-61 on January 7.
It’s worth noting the Cougars brought their top defensive game against the Wildcats in their previous meeting. As a result, the Wildcats’ game plan will focus on using their 48.7% shooting percentage from the field against the Cougars’ stingy defense.
Overall, the Wildcats have shown a high-octane offense, scoring 83.3 points per game thus far. In contrast, the team has allowed 72 points per game to their opponents. The Wildcats leading scorer, Azuolas Tubelis, is averaging 19.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
The Wildcats should be at full strength since they don’t have any names on the college basketball injury report. Every player will be expected to contribute if they are to avenge their previous defeat against Washington State.
Look for a motivated Arizona team to get revenge on the Cougars. So, expect one of the hardest-fought contests among NCAA basketball games today. That is why the Arizona vs Washington State picks favor the Wildcats tonight.
Cougars are Going Through a Rough Patch
The Washington State Cougars are going through a rough patch on their NCAAB schedule. They have lost two of their last five games, including back-to-back losses to Colorado and Utah. These losses have sunk the Cougars in the college basketball standings.
Their 9-12 mark is good for ninth place in the Pac-12. However, a bright spot has been the three-game winning streak against Stanford, California, and Arizona.
The Cougars are averaging 68.0 points and have allowed 65.1 points per game this season. The team’s leading scorer, TJ Bamba, is averaging 15.2 points per game while shooting 43.2% from the field.
In addition, top defender Mouhamed Gueye has contributed 7.9 rebounds per game and ranks among the top defensive college basketball players in the Pac-12. So, he’ll be pivotal in handing the Wildcats another defeat.
Regarding injuries, Gueye has been dealing with hamstring issues but is expected to play. His presence is needed against a high-scoring Arizona team. The Cougars will be looking to get back on track in one of the most entertaining NCAA basketball games today. However, the Wildcats may be too much for the Cougars this time.
Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington State Cougars Betting Prediction
Over/under: O145.5 (-110), U145.5 (-110)
Moneyline: Arizona (-194), Washington State (+164)
In today’s Arizona vs Washington State picks, the safe bet is on the Wildcats avenging their previous defeat against the Cougars. However, the game looks to be a low-scoring affair. So, taking the under seems like the best choice.
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