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Washington vs. Washington State - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington State Cougars and the Washington Huskies will meet up on the college basketball circuit Saturday.

Washington State is sitting at 7-6 on the year so far. The Cougars have lost their last three straight games, falling to San Diego, New Mexico State and Santa Clara in that span.

In the loss to Santa Clara, Washington State’s CJ Ellery and Marvin Cannon both led the team on 19 points apiece, and combined for four assists and 11 rebounds. Ahmed Ali also provided 11 points for the Cougars in that one.

Over on the Washington side, they’re currently 9-4 this season. The Cougars are 3-1 in their last four games, falling to Virginia Tech but taking out Seattle, Sacramento State and CSUF.

In the win over Cal State Fullerton, Washington’s lead scorer was Jaylen Nowell with 20 points, six assists and three rebounds. Noah Dickerson put up a double-double for the Huskies there on 16 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.

The Cougars are 6-0 ATS in their last six following an ATS loss and 6-1 ATS in their last seven versus the Pac-12. Washington State is 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 overall.

Meanwhile, the Huskies are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five following an ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Saturday games. Washington is 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the Pac-12 and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five home games.

The last three Washington State losses can be explained away pretty easily: San Diego and New Mexico State are both good teams, and Santa Clara is a sneaky up-and-comer who should continue to turn heads as the season progresses.

Washington is a pretty good team themselves, but with a double-digit line I’m not sure they can’t hold off the Cougars. I’m going to stick with State here.

Washington State Cougars +11.5

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