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California Golden Bears (10-14) vs. Washington State Cougars (18-6)
February 15, 2024 10:00 pm EDT
The Line: Washington State Cougars -9.5; Over/Under: +140.5
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The California Golden Bears will play the Washington State Cougars in a PAC-12 game on Thursday night at the Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Washington. California has won two of their last three games, while Washington State is on a five game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the California vs Washington State prediction.

California Preview

The California Golden Bears are 10-14 (6-7) this season after they lost to UCLA by a score of 61-60 in their last game. California trailed 35-24 at the half, but they were able to score 36 points in the second half in the close loss. The Golden Bears shot 39.6% from the field and were -4 in rebounding margin in the game. California defeated USC by a score of 83-77 and Arizona State by a score of 81-66 in the two games prior to UCLA. The Golden Bears are scoring 75 points per game with 37.9 rebounds per game and 12.3 assists per game, while allowing 75.9 points against per game this year. Jaylon Tyson is averaging 20.1 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, and 3.3 assists per game. California is shooting 42.8% from the field, 72.1% on free throws, and 34.3% on three pointers this season.

Washington State Preview

The Washington State Cougars are 18-6 (9-4) this year after they defeated Oregon by a score of 62-56 in their last game. Washington State led 29-27 at halftime and they held Oregon to only 29 points in the second half for the win. The Cougars shot 42.9% from the field and made 15 free throws in the game. Washington State has also defeated Oregon State, Washington, Colorado, and Utah during this winning streak. The Cougars are scoring 75.3 points per game with 37.9 rebounds per game and 12.4 assists per game, while giving up 66.9 points against per game this season. Myles Rice is averaging 15.6 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, and 3.8 assists per game. Washington State is shooting 47.2% from the field, 69.3% on free throws, and 35% on three pointers this year. 

California vs Washington State Betting Prediction

Washington State comes into this matchup looking for their sixth straight win and they are currently in second place in the PAC-12 standings. The Cougars have played great defense this season and they have held three of their last five opponents to fewer than 59 points. California has been decent in conference play this year, but they are coming off of a one-point loss to UCLA last time out. The Golden Bears are allowing 75.9 points against per game this year, but the defense has been slightly better in recent games. Washington State continues to win with their defense and I think we see the same thing here. Take the under in this game. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Under 140.5

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David Racey

David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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