Waves open as college hoops underdog vs Cougars
Pepperdine Waves vs Washington State Cougars Odds
Key Arena will host Cougars vs. Waves action on Thursday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAAB action.
This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Key Arena).
The Cougars bring a 7-4 record (5-4 ATS) to this tilt against the 6-4 Waves, who are 4-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Washington State go 4-5 so far and the Waves go 2-5.
Washington State opened as 13-point favorites in this College Basketball tilt.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 185-rated Pepperdine taking on the No. 51-rated Cougars in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 74-65 win for the Cougars on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Waves is ranked No. 96 in NCAA hoops at 37.3 per game. Contrast that with Washington State’s No. 182 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Washington State is the No. 164-ranked team in the country at 6.4 per game, while Pepperdine rates No. 139 at 6.6 per game.
Defensively, Pepperdine features the nation's No. 32-rated defense on the road, allowing 61 points per game. Washington State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 178 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Pepperdine, they were a 59-36 winner as they battled Montana State at home. They covered in the match as a 4-point favorite. Pepperdine cruised to victory on Sunday, running Montana State out of the gym and running up a 59-36 score at Firestone Fieldhouse.
Washington State won its last outing, a 66-42 result against Western Oregon on December 18. The battle between the Cougars and Wolves didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Western Oregon was handed a 66-42 defeat on Sunday at Friel Court.
Pepperdine Waves Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing San Francisco are 3-7
After playing Montana State are 0-1
After a win are 3-7
Washington State Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Oregon are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
A few Waves at Cougars trends to consider:
Washington State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Pepperdine home to San Francisco, Thursday, December 29
Washington State home to Oregon, Thursday, December 29