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Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington State Cougars Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

Washington State Cougars (7-5) at Arizona Wildcats (13-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm (McKale Center)

The Line: Arizona Wildcats -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Pac-12 Network

The Arizona Wildcats and the Washington State Cougars face off on Thursday as they open their Pac-12 college basketball schedules.

The Arizona Wildcats are the number one ranked team in the nation and are a perfect 13-0 this Season. Arizona has played nine of their games at home and they have two wins over teams ranked in the top 25 while playing the 115th ranked schedule in the nation. Nick Johnson is the wildcats leading scorer averaging 16 points per game. Aaron Gordon is averaging 12.5 points and 7.6 rebounds, Brandon Ashley is averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds, and Kaleb Tarczewski is averaging 10.1 points and 6.7 rebounds. Arizona is averaging 76.3 points and they are shooting 49.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 56.7 points and their opponents are shooting 37.2 percent. Arizona’s schedule gets tougher as the season goes on but they are the tough game on their opponent’s schedule.

Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington State Cougars Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

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The Washington State Cougars have won four of their last five games to raise their record to 7-5 for the season. WSU has played the 114th ranked schedule and they are 1-1 on the road this season. DaVonte Lacy is averaging 18.9 points and 4.7 rebounds to lead the Cougars. Royce Woolridge is averaging 10.8 points, Que Johnson is averaging 8.8 points, and D.J. Shelton is averaging 8.1 points and 8.1 rebounds. Wazzu is averaging 70.7 points and they are shooting 44.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 63.8 points and their opponents are shooting 43 percent. Washington State is 0-1 against ranked teams losing by 16 to Gonzaga.

Arizona is 11-2 against the spread following a win, 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 home games, and 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall. Washington State is 4-0 against the spread against the Pac-12, 1-4-2 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 13-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The favorite has covered the point spread in the last five meetings of these two.

I smell a blowout but this number is a little large for a conference game for me to feel comfortable with so I will take the points in what amounts a lean. 

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Washington State Cougars +20

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