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Jan 12, 4:00 PM | Haas Pavilion

Washington State Cougars vs California Golden Bears Odds

9-6TEAM RECORD9-6

Haas Pavilion features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host California Golden Bears and the visiting Washington State Cougars in college hoops action on Saturday.

This season, the Golden Bears are 9-6 overall and 4-9 ATS ATS, while the Cougars are 9-6 and 8-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, California boasts a 5-7 on the OU, and Washington State is 5-5.

View Washington State vs California Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Golden Bears installed as 5.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 49-ranked Golden Bears and the No. 176-rated Cougars in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 71-68 win for the Cougars on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Cougars is ranked No. 177 in NCAA hoops at 35.2 per game. Contrast that with California’s No. 32 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, California is the No. 342-ranked team in the country at 3.3 per game, while Washington State rates No. 164 at 6.2 per game.

Defensively, Washington State features the nation's No. 197-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.3 points per game. California, meanwhile, comes in at No. 205 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Washington State was a 78-67 loser on the road against Stanford. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Brock Motum scored 29 points for Washington State on Wednesday, but the Cardinal managed a 78-67 victory over the Cougars at Maples Pavilion.

In their last action, California was a 62-47 loser at home against Washington. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. David Kravish scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Bears to a win (they lost 62-47 to Washington at Haas Pavilion on Wednesday).

Washington State Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Utah are 5-0
After playing Stanford are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

California Golden Bears Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Stanford are 7-3
After playing Washington are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Cougars at Golden Bears trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington State's last 5 games when playing on the road against California
Washington State is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against California
Washington State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of California's last 5 games when playing Washington State
California is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Washington State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of California's last 5 games when playing at home against Washington State
California is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Washington State home to Utah, Wednesday, January 16
California at Stanford, Saturday, January 19

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