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Arizona vs Washington State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 26th Betting Odds
Wildcats vs Cougars Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Arizona Wildcats at Washington State Cougars
- Where: Pullman at Friel Court
- Date: Thursday, January 26th
- Betting Odds: Arizona -5, ARZ -231 | WASHST +183 O/U 144.5
Arizona heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 17-3. On the road, the Wildcats will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 4-2. So far, the Wildcats have been favored 20 times, going 17-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Arizona as -5 point favorites.
Azuolas Tubelis comes into today’s game as the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 19.85 points per contest. Not only has Tubelis been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Arizona’s top rebounder at 9.45 boards per contest. Behind Tubelis, the team has benefited from the strong play of Oumar Ballo, who is second on the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game. Overall, he has hit 64.5% of his shots and is adding 8.95 boards per game.
Arizona comes into today’s matchup vs Washington State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 84.6 points per game. Through 20 games, they have hit 49.6% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Wildcats have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 247th in possessions per game.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Arizona, the Washington State Cougars will be taking the floor for the 22nd time this season and have an overall record of 9-12. So far this season, Washington State has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-5. For the season, Washington State has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 1-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Cougars being +5 point underdogs.
Leading up to game time, it will be important to keep a close watch on the injury report, as the Cougars’ top scorer and rebounder Mouhamed Gueye is listed as questionable on the injury report. For the season, Gueye is averaging 13.29 points and 7.86 boards. If Mouhamed Gueye isn’t able to take the floor, look for TJ Bamba to be the lead candidate to take on a larger in the offense. So far, Bamba has accounted for 19.17% of the team’s scoring at 15.22 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Washington State this season, as they are currently ranked 175th in college basketball at 71.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cougars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.0%, placing them 256th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Washington State Cougars +5
Heading into this matchup between the Arizona Wildcats and Washington State Cougars we have a strong lean on taking the points with Washington State at +5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Washington State to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Washington State Cougars at +5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.