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Colorado vs. Washington - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington at Colorado
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
CU Events Center
Boulder, CO
The Line
Colorado Buffaloes -1.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5
TV Channel
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The Washington Huskies will travel to the CU Events Center to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Washington Huskies won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-4 (2-0 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Utah Utes, 69-53, this past Thursday night. Washington was outstanding on the defensive end against the Utes and pulled away after a 12-0 run gave Utah a 59-42 lead with 8:34 left in regulation. Washington shot 41.5% from the field while holding Utah to just 33.3% shooting from the field & 20.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was David Crisp who had 17 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals.

On the season, Washington is averaging 71.9 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Washington has been led by Jaylen Nowell (16.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Noah Dickerson (14.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.2 spg), David Crisp (10.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg), and Matisse Thybulle (9.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 2.7 spg).

Defensively, Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 39.3% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 1.9 turnover margin.

The Colorado Buffaloes snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 10-5 (1-2 Pac-12) on the season after defeating the Washington State Cougars, 92-60, this past Thursday. Colorado dominated on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 41-25 halftime lead. Colorado shot 54.7% from the field while holding Washington State to just 36.8% shooting from the field & 11.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was Tyler Bey who had a double-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Colorado is averaging 77.7 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by McKinley Wright IV (13.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.6 spg), Tyler Bey (11.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.1 spg, 1.6 bpg), Lucas Siewert (11.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Evan Battey (8.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Defensively, Colorado is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes have a rebound margin of 6.1 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

The Huskies are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games, however, are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win. The Buffaloes are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 13-3 ATS in their last 16 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Washington has won 7 of their last 9 games and although their offense can struggle at times to put up points, the Huskies have an outstanding defense that ranks 50th in scoring defense, 27th in defensive FG%, and 2nd in blocks per game. Colorado has lost 4 of their last 6 games, however, have been decent on both ends of the court so far this season as they rank 90th in scoring offense & 108th in scoring defense.

Colorado has been outstanding at home this season, posting a 7-0 record, however, I just don't believe this team is as solid as their record might indicate. Washington is arguably the most talented team in the Pac-12 this season and as I think they have the defense to give Colorado trouble, I'm taking Washington and the points in this one. 

Washington Huskies +1.5

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