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Washington vs Colorado Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds

Huskies vs Buffaloes Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Washington Huskies at Colorado Buffaloes
  • Where: Boulder at CU Events Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 19th
  • Betting Odds: Washington +9, WASH +340 | COL -454 O/U 139.5

Huskies Preview:

Washington will take their 2 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 11-8. On the road, the Huskies will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 1-4. So far, the Huskies have been the underdog 8 times, going 2-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +9 underdogs on the spread.

Keion Brooks Jr. comes into today’s game as the Huskies’ leading scorer at 16.88 points per contest. Not only has Jr. been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Washington’s top rebounder at 7.29 boards per contest. Behind Jr., the team has benefited from the strong play of Cole Bajema, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.0% of his shots and is adding 4.32 boards per game.

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So far this season, the Washington offense has yet to find its footing. Coming into today’s game, the Huskies’ are ranked 287th at 68.5 points per game. The team’s inneficient outside shooting has been a problem for Washington, as they have hit just 30.3% of their 3-point shots. In terms of pace, the Huskies have played at a tempo near the NCAA average at 77.5 possessions per game.

Buffaloes Preview:

Through 19 games, the Colorado Buffaloes have an overall record of 11-8. So far this season, Colorado has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Buffaloes as the -9 point favorites. The Buffaloes have been favored 14 times, going 8-6 straight up.

Colorado will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer KJ Simpson who is averaging 17.78 points per game for the Buffaloes. Simpson 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 Buffaloes’ offensive game plan is the play of Tristan Da Silva who has hit 51.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.68 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, Colorado will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Buffaloes are ranked 193rd at 71.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 393rd ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Colorado is close to the NCAA average at 36.8%.

Free Spread Prediction: Colorado Buffaloes -9

One reason we believe it is a good idea to bet on the Washington Huskies as +9 point underdogs at away is their tendency to control the pace of the game. This season, the Huskies have often limited possessions and slowed the game down, which should help them stay competitive against a Colorado team that prefers to run. Although Washington doesn’t often fare well as the underdog against the spread, we think playing at away and presenting a mismatch for the heavily favored Buffaloes gives them an advantage.

 


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