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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Cougars over Waves

Pepperdine WavesWashington State Cougars
6-4December 15, 2013, 08:00 | Friel Court4-4

The visiting Pepperdine Waves hope to send their backers to the pay window on Sunday as they look to cover the spread at Friel Court against the Washington State Cougars.

The Cougars are 4-4 so far on the season, and 2-3 ATS vs. the number. The Waves, meanwhile, are 6-4 and 6-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Washington State go 3-2 and the Waves go 5-3 on the totals.

View Pepperdine Waves vs Washington State Cougars Odds and Stats.

The Cougars were listed as -9-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Cougars - Waves odds would favor the Cougars if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Washington State is rated No. 116 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Pepperdine is at No. 240.

Pepperdine was a 75-69 winner in their most recent outing on the road against UC Irvine. They covered the 10.5-point spread as underdogs. The Waves got 18 points from Jeremy Major as Pepperdine ran past UC Irvine 75-69 on Saturday at Bren Events Center.

Last time out for Washington State, they were a 67-66 winner as they battled Idaho on the road. Washington State earned a 67-66 victory over Idaho on Saturday, getting 23 points from DaVonte Lacy at Cowan Spectrum.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Washington State has the nation's No. 210-rated offensive output, at 69.25 PPG. The visiting Waves defense ranks No. 154 allowing on average 71.4 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 42.47% so far, less than the Waves marksmen have achieved on the year, 50.38% per game.

Next up:
Pepperdine home to Houston Baptist, Saturday, December 21st
Washington State at San Francisco State, Wednesday, December 18th