Arizona at Washington State Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on February 15, 2017 in

The fifth-ranked Arizona Wildcats are up in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday night to take on the Washington State Cougars. Arizona (23-3, 12-1 Pac-12) has won two in a row after taking a rout from Oregon, most recently knocking off Cal at home on Saturday, 62-57. Washington State (11-14, 4-9 Pac-12) has dropped four in a row, including an 81-49 shellacking at Colorado on Sunday. Take a look at all of college basketball lines and odds for this week’s games.

Arizona at Washington State Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

When: Thursday, Feb. 16, 9 PM ET
Where: Friel Court, Pullman, Wash.
TV: Fox Sports 1
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Radio: Arizona / Washington

Why should you bet on the Wildcats?

Even on a night when Lauri Markkanen and Allonzo Trier — the two top scorers for Arizona — were ice cold, the Wildcats still pulled off a win over a tough Cal team. Kobi Simmons (13 points) and Dusan Ristic (12 points) led the way for Arizona, showing their depth, along with 11 points from Kadeem Allen. The Wildcats focused on the inside game, pulling down eight more boards than the Golden Bears, who have their sights on an NCAA tournament berth after winning five of six in recent Pac-12 play. They also stiffened on defense after halftime, only permitting 28 points after intermission.

Why should you put your money on the Cougars?

This is a tough case to make. Washington State has not done much against the top tier of Pac-12 teams, so unless this line is over 12 or 15 points, the Cougars aren’t a smart pick. Against Colorado (who is just a game ahead of them in the Pac-12 standings), Washington State gave up 24 turnovers, leading to 34 points for the Buffaloes. Washington State did not pick up a single steal. The leading scorer for Washington State in this game was Robert Franks, who picked up just 10, and Josh Hawkinson, who usually averages 16 points, only put up eight. The Cougars will have to do a lot better of job of ball movement and interior defense to avoid another rout against Arizona.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Arizona is just too much for Washington State right now. I predict a final score of Arizona 84, Washington State 68.