Washington State at Arizona college basketball odds, picks and best bets

Previewing Thursday’s Washington State Cougars at Arizona Wildcats sports betting odds and lines, with college basketball betting picks.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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Washington State at Arizona: Odds, betting lines and picks

Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated at 10:50 a.m. ET.


Arizona 80, Washington State 64

Moneyline (ML)

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.

Over/Under (O/U)

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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