Arizona St. vs. Washington St. Pick
Can No. 25 Arizona State avoid another letdown performance when it hits the road to face Washington State today at 4PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, Arizona State is favored on the road in this game, as the Sun Devils are getting odds of -8 points against Washington State. The over/under total for the game is listed at 157.5 points. Today’s game will take place from Friel Court in Pullman, Washington and will air live on ESPNU.
Arizona State has really struggled in conference play. The Sun Devils are just 4-6 following a 68-64 loss at Washington earlier this week. They also are 1-7-2 ATS in their 10 conference games. ASU is 16-6 overall and 11-9-2 against the spread this season. It averages 84.9 points per game on offense while giving up 74.3 per contest on defense. Tra Holder is averaging 19 points per game to lead ASU this season while Shannon Evans II is adding 16.5 per game.
Washington State is coming off a 100-72 loss at home to Arizona. The Cougars are 9-12 on the season, 1-8 in the Pac-12 and 9-11 against the spread. Washington State is scoring 74.3 points per game this year while allowing 76.4 per contest. Robert Franks is averaging 18 points and 6.9 rebounds per game this season while Malachi Flynn is adding 14.5 points and 4.3 assists per contest.
Washington State has won and covered in its last two meetings with Arizona State, but the two have yet to meet this season. Both teams have just one cover in conference play, so its hard to know what to do here. The Cougars have been reasonable at home, though. Outside of the bad loss to Arizona this week, the Cougars beat Cal at home, lost by 9 to Stanford and by 5 to Washington at home. ASU has yet to cover on the road in Pac-12 play and lost four times straight up. I just don’t feel good about giving up 8 points with this team on the road. The public betting is slightly with Arizona State, but I will take the points with Washington State.
CBB DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON STATE +8