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Utah State vs Washington State Pick & Preview: Sunday, December 25th Betting Odds
Aggies vs Cougars Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Utah State Aggies at Washington State Cougars
- Where: Honolulu at Stan Sheriff Center
- Date: Sunday, December 25th
- Betting Odds: Utah State -4, UTAHST -182 | WASHST +148 O/U 138.5
Utah State will take the floor against the Cougars with an overall record of 10-2. On the road, the Aggies will be playing their 3rd game of the season, having gone 3-0. This season, Utah State has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 9-2. For today’s contest, Utah State have a betting line set -4 points in their favor.
Utah State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Steven Ashworth who is averaging 17.83 points per game for the Aggies. Ashworth is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Aggies’ offensive gameplan is the play of Taylor Funk who has hit 41.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.36 points per game.
On offense, Utah State is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.5 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 12 games, they have only hit 34.3% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 40.13% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Washington State heads into this matchup having played 12 games and have an overall record sitting at 5-7. So far this season, Washington State has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-3. For the season, Washington State has been the underdog in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 0-3. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Cougars being +4 point underdogs.
Washington State’s leading scorer this season is TJ Bamba who is averaging 16.45 points per contest. So far, Bamba has accounted for 23.54% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.55 rebounds per game and 1.45 assists. Mouhamed Gueye is the second leading scorer for the Cougars, averaging 13.36 points per game. Between him and Gueye, they are accounting for 42.7% of the team’s scoring.
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 that 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: Utah State Aggies -4
Heading into this matchup, with the Utah State Aggies sitting as -4 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Utah State and Washington State are averaging 7.76 and 9.06 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Utah State has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 5-4-1 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Aggies to cover at -4.
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