Arizona vs. Washington St. Pick
Can No. 5 Arizona go on the road and pick up a sizable win over Washington State tonight at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Arizona is the clear favorite on the road, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -12.5 points against Washington State. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 140.5 points. Arizona has won the last 10 in this series, including a 79-62 win at home back on Jan. 26. Washington State covered in that loss as a 22-point road underdog.
Arizona has won two straight since a big loss at Oregon on Feb. 4. The Wildcats are now 23-3 on the season and 12-1 in the Pac-12. However, they have failed to cover in three straight and five of their last six games. Arizona is now 12-12-2 against the spread on the season. The Cats are averaging 74.7 points per game on offense while allowing 63.5 on defense. Lauri Markkanen is averaging 15.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game to lead the team while Allonzo Trier is adding 13.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.
Washington State is coming off an 81-49 loss at Colorado this weekend for its fourth straight loss. The Cougars are 11-14 overall and 4-9 in the Pac-12. Washington State is 11-11 against the spread on the season, but just 4-7 against the spread at home. The Cougars are averaging 70 points per game on offense while allowing 76.8 on defense. Josh Hawkinson is leading the team with 15.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while Ike Iroegbu is adding 12.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest.
While Arizona has been not playing its best lately, the Wildcats are actually a pretty good road team. Don’t let the loss at Oregon fool you, the Wildcats can certainly take care of business tonight. Arizona is 8-4 against the spread away from home this season and Washington State hasn’t been a reliable home team. The Cougars’ average roughly the same at home as they do on the road and they are giving up 83.8 points per game over their last five.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: ARIZONA -12.5