The Washington State Cougars (15-14, 6-10 Pac-12) visit the Arizona Wildcats (19-10, 9-7) Thursday in a Pac-12 contest in Tucson’s McKale Memorial Center. Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. We analyze the Washington State-Arizona odds and betting lines, with college basketball betting advice and tips around this matchup.
Washington State at Arizona: Three things you need to know
- This matchup consists of a couple teams who have piled up some losses of late. Arizona has lost three in a row, and the Wildcats offense, which averaged 81.6 points per game through Jan. 18, has averaged 61.3 PPG during the dry spell. Washington State is coming off a 78-74 win over rival Washington, but that victory was preceded by four straight losses.
- Arizona has had a couple home-court setbacks of late, with losses to UCLA (Feb. 8) and Oregon (Feb. 22) over the last few weeks. The latter was an overtime game against a quality Ducks team. The former was on an uncharacteristic shooting night for both the Wildcats and Bruins. In 15 home games, Arizona is 12-3 against the spread.
- The Wildcats have exhibited some struggles against teams with a solid mid-range game and who perform well on the offensive boards. Wazzou’s makeup doesn’t fit either bill. A weakness on the Cougars’ side, however — running into trouble against proficient outside shooting teams — is a facet of the game in Arizona’s wheelhouse. UA ranks 37th in the nation in home-court 3-point accuracy 38.8%. The Wildcats have shot 45.5% from distance over their last two games at McKale Memorial Center.
Washington State at Arizona: Odds, betting lines and picks
Arizona 80, Washington State 64
We expect Arizona to win rather handily, but the -1667 odds aren’t worth an investment no matter your degree of confidence in the Wildcats. PASS.
New to sports betting? A $10 bet on Arizona to win returns a profit of just $0.60.
Against the Spread (ATS)
WSU is 2-7 ATS on the road and 5-9 ATS after a win. Arizona is 3-1 ATS when returning home after multiple road games.
ARIZONA -14.5 (-110) is a line offering just enough wiggle room to make it worthy of a play.
In those same UA “homecoming” games, the Over has gone 4-0.
The total for Thursday is three points lower than it was for this season’s first meeting — in Pullman, Wash., Feb. 1 — between WSU and UA. BACK THE OVER 140.5 (+105).
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