WSU Cougars vs No. 13 Arizona Wildcats NCAAB Lines
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Washington State vs. Arizona Matchup
Date/Time: Thursday, February 17, 8:30 PM ET
Venue: McKale Center, Tucson, AZ
Washington State Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats Betting Lines from BetED.com
Money Line: WSU +320 / Arizona -400
Spread: Arizona -8.5
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Washington State Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats Preview
Washington State (17-8) is in 4th place in the Pac 10 and they can get off the bubble with a win over Arizona (21-4), but that will not be easy against a Wildcats’ team that has not lost at home this season. NCAAB lines have Arizona as 8.5-point favorites in this game with a total of 141.5.
In their last games WSU beat Cal 75-71 at home on Saturday and Arizona won their 6th straight game beating Arizona State 67-52 on the road on Sunday.
Washington State G Klay Thompson (20.6 ppg) is the leading scorer in the Pac 10, but he has struggled lately, as in his last 4 games he is only averaging 11.5 ppg on 35.6% shooting.
Arizona did not shoot well in their 2 point win at home over WSU last month, but they won the battle of the boards and they nailed 11/18 of their 3-point shots. Wildcats’ leading scorer and rebounder Derrick Williams (19.2 ppg 8 rpg) did not shoot well in that contest, but he pulled down 19 boards. The Cougars and especially F DeAngelo Casto (11.2 ppg 6.4 rpg) has to man the boards tonight. Casto has really been a thorn in the side for the Wildcats, as in his last 3 games against Arizona he has averaged 17.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 2.7 blocks.
The Cougars are led by their backcourt and for them to win tonight they will need a good game from Thomson and G Faisal Aden (13.6 ppg).
If Williams struggles again on offense the Cougars have a legit chance for the upset since Arizona does not have one other player besides Williams averaging in double figures.
Arizona is a hot team and they are a better team in the pain and while they will win this game it will be close and WSU will keep it pretty close and cover the spread.
Arizona is 2-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and WSU is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a road underdog of 7.0-12.5.
Pick: WSU +8.5
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