Arizona Wildcats visit Washington State Cougars in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
Arizona Wildcats vs Washington State Cougars Odds
The Washington State Cougars will hit the floor running against the visiting Arizona Wildcats Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.
The Cougars bring a 11-10 record (11-7 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-2 Wildcats, who are 9-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Washington State go 7-9 so far and the Wildcats go 4-12-1.
Bettors looking to side with Washington State in this one found them as 7.5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cougars - Wildcats odds would favor the Wildcats if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Washington State is rated No. 177 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Arizona is at No. 14. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 78-69 win for the Wildcats.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington State's No. 268 nationally ranked offense (63.4 points per game) against a Wildcats defense that sits as the No. 66 at 61.6 PPG. The Cougars have been averaging 42.4% from the field, less than the Wildcats have managed so far this season (44.9% on average).
Defensively, Arizona features the nation's No. 8-rated defense on the road, allowing 57.6 points per game. Washington State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 278 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Arizona, they were a 57-53 winner as they battled Washington on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. Arizona earned a 57-53 victory over Washington on Thursday, getting 15 points from Nick Johnson at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Washington State was a 63-59 loser in their most recent outing at home against Arizona State. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. The Cougars endured a 63-59 loss at the hands of the Sun Devils on Thursday, despite a 16-point effort from Royce Woolridge at Friel Court.
Arizona Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Stanford are 7-3
After playing Washington are 6-4
After a win are 8-2
Washington State Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing USC are 3-7
After playing Arizona State are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6
Arizona home to Stanford, Wednesday, February 6
Washington State at USC, Thursday, February 7