Washington State Cougars at Colorado Buffaloes Betting Prediction 01/23/20

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The Washington State Cougars (12-7, 3-3 Pac-12) will be at the CU Events Center to square off with the 23rd-ranked Colorado Buffaloes (14-4, 4-2 Pac-12) in a Pac-12 matchup. The game starts at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 23, 2020, and will air on Pac-12 Network.

Washington State Cougars vs. Colorado Buffaloes ATS Odds

In their last matchup, the Buffaloes lost big to the Arizona Wildcats, 75-54, while the Cougars beat the Oregon State Beavers, 89-76.

Washington State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.455 (above their season average of 0.210) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.582 (above their season average of 0.461). For those same stats, Oregon State was 0.194 and 0.516, respectively. Colorado, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.224 vs. 0.169). Colorado’s McKinley Wright IV had a good game, finishing with 15 points and five assists. Meanwhile, Washington State was led by Isaac Bonton, who had 34 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

This series was highly competitive last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. In the most recent game, the Cougars won 76-74. Washington State did a fantastic job of making free throws (16-19; 84.2 percent). Colorado, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (29.5 vs. 18.8). This is the first time these teams will meet this year.

Colorado could have their way on defense as they square off against one of the worst offenses in the NCAA. The Buffaloes currently rank 38th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.451), while Washington State is 307th in effective field goal percentage (0.466).

Washington State at Colorado Free Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Colorado, ATS Winner – Washington State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Washington State ranks eighth in steals allowed per game (4.5) while Colorado ranks 177th (7.6).
  • The Cougars allow the 33rd-fewest assists per game (10.5) while the Buffaloes rank 43rd (10.7).
  • Colorado averages 3.3 blocks per game, which is ranked 102nd in the nation. Washington State ranks 105th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
  • The Buffaloes rank 39th in rebounds allowed per game (31.8) while the Cougars rank 182nd (36.2).
  • Washington State is 15th in the nation with 17.2 three pointers allowed per game while Colorado is 30th with 18.3 three pointers allowed per game.

Bettings Trends:

  • The Buffaloes’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.2, down from 9.6 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Cougars have scored an average of 73.6 points per game (1.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.8 points per game (6.9 above their season average).