Washington State Cougars (6-9) vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (11-3)
January 5, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Arizona State Sun Devils -5 / Washington State Cougars +5; Over/Under: +131.5
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The Washington State Cougars and the Arizona State Sun Devils meet in NHL action from the Desert Financial Arena on Thursday night.
The Washington State Cougars will try to build on an 81-71 win over USC last time out. TJ Bamba leads the Cougars in scoring with 15.9 PPG along with 4.5 RPG while Mouhamed Gueye has 13.7 PPG with a team-high 8.6 RPG to lead the Cougars on the glass this season. Jabe Mullins has 11.7 PPG while Justin Powell has 10.4 PPG with 3.4 RPG and a team-high 3.5 APG to lead the Cougars in assists while also rounding out the group of double-digit scorers for Washington State so far this season. As a team, Washington State is averaging 69.3 PPG on 44% shooting from the field, 35.4% from three and 72.4% from the foul line this season.
The Arizona State Sun Devils will be out to bounce back from a 69-60 loss to Arizona last time out. DJ Horne leads the Sun Devils in scoring with 12.1 PPG along with 4.6 RPG and 2.6 APG while Frankie Collins has 11.5 PPG with 4.6 RPG and a team-high 5.5 APG to lead Arizona State in the assist department this season. Desmond Cambridge Jr. has 11.1 PPG with 3.3 RPG and Devan Cambridge has 10.3 PPG with 5.3 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Arizona State this season. Warren Washington also has 7.9 PPG with a team-high 7.1 RPG to lead the Sun Devils on the glass as well this season. As a team, Arizona State is averaging 71.8 PPG on 41.8% shooting from the field, 30.5% from three and 68% from the foul line this season.
Washington State is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a win and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games while the under is 9-0 in their last 9 road games. Arizona State is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games while the under is 9-3 in their last 12 games following a loss.
I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m backing the Sun Devils here. I like the build of this Arizona State team, and the Sun Devils have covered in four of the last five meetings and they’ll have arguably their best roster and roster with the most momentum of any of those teams up to this point. Washington State’s a solid group that competes hard, but the Sun Devils are just the better team. Give me Arizona State.