Northwestern State Demons (1-8) at Washington State Cougars (7-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum)
The Line: Washington State Cougars -17.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Northwestern State Demons and the Washington State Cougars meet in college basketball action from Friel Court at Beasley Coliseum on Wednesday night.
The Northwestern State Demons will look to bounce back after a 95-78 loss to Gonzaga on Tuesday night to push their losing streak to four and their overall mark to 1-9 on the year. Jairus Roberson led the Demons with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 4 threes and 3 assists while Trenton Massner and Jovan Zelenbaba each had 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting with Zelenbaba shooting a perfect 4 of 4 from 3-point range in the game. Jamaure Gregg added 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds while Larry Owens chipped in 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting with a pair of steals in just 9 minutes to cap off Northwestern State’s scoring in double figures in the losing effort. Brian White also dished out a team-high 4 assists as well in the losing effort for Northwestern State. Roberson leads Northwestern State in scoring with an average of 11.3 points per game while Kendal Coleman leads the Demons on the glass with 7.5 rebounds per game and CJ Jones leads Northwestern State with 2.6 assists per game. As a team, Northwestern State is averaging 69.1 points on 39.1% shooting from the field, 34.9% from 3-point range and 64.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 84.8 points on 48% shooting from the field and 33.8% from 3-point range this season.
The Washington State Cougars will try to remain as the Pac-12’s lone unbeaten team after improving to 7-0 with a 90-62 win over Prairie View A&M last time out. Efe Abogidi led the Cougars with 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting along with 14 rebounds for the monster double-double in addition to 4 blocks while Noah Williams chipped in 13 points on 4 of 11 shooting with 3 threes, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Isaac Bonton added 12 points with a team-high 7 assists and a pair of steals while Andrej Jakimovski and Aljaz Kunc each had 11 points to round out the scoring in double figures for WSU in the win with each adding 3 threes to the winning cause as well for the Cougars. Bonton leads Washington State in scoring and assists with an average of 16.5 points and 3.8 assists per game while Abogidi leads the Cougars in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Washington State is averaging 69.7 points on 41.2% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 69.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 58.4 points on 34.4% shooting from the field and 26.1% from 3-point land this season.
Northwestern State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 12-3 in their last 15 road games. Washington State is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 Wednesday games.
I will give the Demons full credit and full marks for not laying down against Gonzaga in the rematch on Wednesday, but to go from back-to-back games against Gonzaga to playing Washington State in your third game in as many nights is on the verge of insanity. On the other hand, as tired as Northwestern State may be, Washington State isn’t the highest scoring team out there, so I’m a bit concerned about laying this number. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. I think we see some tired bodies for Northwestern State and the already stout Wazzu defense will show up here, keeping this one well under the number.