Cougars vs. Buffaloes Prediction
The 23rd-ranked Colorado Buffaloes are double-digit home favorites tonight versus the Washington State Cougars. Can Colorado cover the big number against its Pac-12 Conference foe?
Thursday, January 23, 2020
CU Events Center at 10PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Buffaloes are a 13.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 139 points. As of Thursday morning, 69 percent of public bets are siding with host Colorado. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Cougars ease past Beavers
Washington State picked up an 89-76 home win Saturday versus Oregon State to improve to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in conference action. The Cougars outscored the Beavers 43-36 in the second half to pull away. Isaac Bonton paced WSU with 34 points on 8-of-13 shooting including 4-of-7 from 3-point range plus 14-of-14 at the free throw line. He also registered eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals. C.J. Elleby accounted for 22 points, nine boards and five assists. Noah Williams tallied 17 points and three dimes. Jeff Pollard added 10 points and three caroms.
Buffaloes hammered by Wildcats
Colorado lost by a count of 75-54 Saturday at Arizona to drop to 14-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play. McKinley Wright IV paced the Buffaloes with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting including 3-of-6 from 3-point range plus 2-of-2 at the charity stripe. He also notched five assists and three rebounds. D'Shawn Schwartz added 12 points in 30 minutes of action. Colorado trailed 34-23 at halftime on their way to the defeat.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Cougars are 7-22-1 ATS in their last 30 road games. Washington State is 1-4 ATS in its last five Thursday games.
The Buffaloes are 4-1 ATS in their last five Thursday games. Colorado is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games overall.
Colorado stunk up the joint at a strong Arizona squad over the weekend and while this is a good bounceback spot, the Cougars have been showing improved play lately. The Cougars stunned a ranked Oregon squad at home last week before the Oregon State win, so the question is whether they can translate that kind of performance to the road. I'm going to bank on the Buffaloes staying in a bit of a rut and WSU riding off its recent confidence boost to make this more of a game than expected.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS +13.5