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Washington vs. Colorado - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Buffaloes (15-11) at Washington Huskies (17-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Alaska Airlines Arena)

The Line: Washington Huskies -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: PAC-12 Networks - Mountain, Washington, and National Feeds

The Colorado Buffaloes will travel to Alaska Airlines Area to take on the Washington Huskies this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Colorado Buffaloes has their 3-game winning streak and dropped to 15-11 (7-7 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Washington State Cougars, 73-69, this past Thursday. Colorado held the led for the majority of the 2nd half however, struggled offensively down the stretch and couldn’t regain the lead after two FT’s by the Cougars, Malachi Flynn, gave Washington State the lead for good with just 0:46 seconds left in regulation. Colorado shot just 39.2% from the field and 16.7% (3-18) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was McKinley Wright IV who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Colorado is averaging 72.5 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by McKinley Wright IV (14.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.0 spg), George King (13.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.1 apg), Namon Wright (10.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Dominique Collier (7.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.5 apg). Defensively, Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of -3.1.

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Washington vs. Colorado - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Huskies lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 17-9 (7-6 Pac-12) on the season after being defeated by the Utah Utes, 70-58, this past Thursday. Washington led by a 32-24 margin at halftime, however, struggled on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after the Utes took a 61-47 lead with just 2:44 left in regulation. Washington allowed Utah to shoot 43.4% from the field and was outrebounded by the Utes by a 36-26 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was David Crisp who had 18 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, Washington is averaging 74.6 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Washington has been led by Jaylen Nowell (16.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Noah Dickerson (15.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg), David Crisp (11.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg), and Matisse Thybulle (10.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 3.0 spg, 1.4 bpg). Defensively, Washington is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Buffaloes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss however, are just 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Huskies are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss however, are just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games.

Colorado continues to have trouble picking up wins on the road as although the Buffaloes have won 4 of their last 7 games, all three losses have some on the road. Colorado have been nothing but average on both sides of the ball this season as Colorado currently ranks 222nd in scoring offense and T-167th in scoring defense. Washington has struggled as of late however, the Huskie shave had a decent season to date and come into this matchup ranked 158th in scoring offense, 193rd in scoring defense, and 14th in steals per game. Washington is one of the few teams that beat Colorado on the road this season and as I just don’t see the Buffaloes solving their road troubles against an above average Huskies team, I’m taking Washington to cover this home spread. 

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