Arizona vs. Washington State - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Washington State Cougars (15-14) at Arizona Wildcats (19-10)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:30 pm (McKale Memorial Center)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -15 -- Over/Under: 138
The Washington State Cougars and the Arizona Wildcats meet in Pac-12 conference college basketball action from the McKale Center on Thursday night.
The Washington State Cougars will look to finish the season strong, sitting at 6-10 in conference play after a 78-74 win over Washington last time out. CJ Elleby leads Washington State in scoring and rebounding with 18.7 PPG and 7.7 RPG while Isaac Bonton is the only other double-digit scorer for WSU with 15 PPG and 4 APG this season. As a team, Washington State is averaging 69.6 points on 39.8% shooting from the field, 31% from 3-point range and 73.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.6 points on 45.3% shooting from the field and 31.8% from 3-point range this season. Washington State is 2-7 straight up and 2-6-1 against the spread on the road this season.
The Arizona Wildcats will look to climb a couple of ranks in their conference standings, sitting at 9-7 in conference play after a 69-64 loss to UCLA for their 3rd straight loss. Zeke Nnaji leads Arizona in scoring and rebounding with 16.2 PPG and 8.6 RPG while Nico Mannion is 2nd I scoring and tops in assists with 13.8 PPG and 5.3 APG this season. Josh Green is averaging 11.9 PPG this season as Arizona’s 3rd double-digit scorer. As a team, Arizona is averaging 76.6 points on 45% shooting from the field, 34.6% from 3-point range and 73.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.1 points on 39.5% shooting from the field and 32% from 3-point range this season. Arizona is 12-3 straight up and 10-5 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the favorite is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings between these two teams.
The points with Washington State are tempting, but the Cougars offense just hasn’t been consistent enough even to trust them with this many points. Arizona’s already beat the Cougars by 17 in their own building earlier this year, and the Wildcats have done a good job beating up on the teams that they should beat up on, especially at home. I just think Arizona is the better team here and pulls away in the 2nd half for the win and cover in this one.