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Washington State vs. California - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

California Golden Bears (7-10) at Washington State Cougars (8-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Friel Court)

The Line: Washington State Cougars -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: PAC12

The California Golden Bears and Washington State Cougars meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Friel Court.

The California Golden Bears need a win after losing four of their last five games. The California Golden Bears are averaging 74.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 79.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Don Coleman is averaging 18 points and 2.3 assists while Justice Sueing is averaging 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds. Marcus Lee is the third double-digit scorer and Darius McNeill is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The California Golden Bears are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. The California Golden Bears are allowing 37.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The California Golden Bears have won three of their last four road games.

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Washington State vs. California - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington State Cougars need a victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Washington State Cougars are averaging 75.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 75.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Robert Franks is averaging 17.3 points and 7.1 rebounds while Malachi Flynn is averaging 15.5 points and 4.1 assists. Carter Skaggs is grabbing 2.6 rebounds and Viont'e Daniels is dishing 1.9 assists. The Washington State Cougars are shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Washington State Cougars are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.7 rebounds per game. The Washington State Cougars have split their last eight home games.

The Golden Bears are 17-35-1 ATS in their last 53 games following a straight up loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cougars are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Pacific-12 and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Golden Bears are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Washington St., 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The Washington State Cougars have cooled off big time after a fast start to the season, but they're still better than Cal, a squad that's covered just five of 14 games and is awful defensively. Washington State has shown at least flashes of really good basketball this season and is capable of putting together stretches of effective offense. I'll lay the buckets here with Washington State as more of a fade from the Golden Bears.

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