The Ducks and Cougars are set to face off at 10:00 ET on ESPNU. The Cougars will host the game at Friel Court in Pullman, WA. The odds for this Pac-12 conference game currently have the Cougars as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 139.5 points.
OREGON DUCKS VS WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Washington State Cougars -1
This game will be played at Friel Court at 10:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.
WHY BET THE WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Cougars.
- Not only will Washington State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 139.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.
Will the Ducks Win on the Road?
Coming into today’s game, Oregon is the underdog, with a point spread of +1. So far this season, the Ducks have gone 11-3 and are currently riding a four-game winning streak. In their last game, they took down Washington by a score of 76-74.
Over their last 10 road games, Oregon is just 4-6, and this season they are 2-1 on the road. On the year, the Ducks have been favored in 11 of their 14 games and have gone 10-1 in those contests.
As the underdog this season, Oregon has a perfect 2-0 record vs. the spread. Overall, the Ducks have an ATS mark of 9-4 this year. However, their ATS record on the road is just 2-7 in their last 10 games away from home.
So far this season, the over/under record for Oregon games is 6-7 and today’s over/under line of 139.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (145.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 1-2.
The Oregon offense is coming off a game in which they scored 76 points vs. Washington. Overall their field goal percentage was 48.4% while connecting on 6 threes. In terms of offense, the Ducks have a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, putting them 121st in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 91st in percentage and 180th in three-pointers made.
Coming into today’s game, the Oregon defense is giving up an average of 70.5 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.7 threes per game vs. Washington State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.9%.
Do the Cougars Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?
Washington State will be playing at home as they look to improve their record to 11-4 on the season. So far, the Cougars have gone 10-2 at home and are favored by 1 point in this matchup.
Over their last 10 games at home, Washington State has gone 8-2 and have won two straight games. In their last game, they defeated Oregon State by a score of 65-58.
Washington State has not been a great team against the spread this season, going just 5-8-1. Their ATS record at home is 5-7, and they are 4-6 in their last 10 games as the favorite. In their last three home games, the Cougars are 1-2 vs. the spread.
Today’s over/under line of 139.5 is very close to the average over/under line in Washington State’s games this season (139.7). So far, their over/under record is 6-8. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points.
Compared to their season average of 74.4 points per game, Washington State struggled in their previous game. Against Oregon State, the Cougars scored 65 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.5%. Isaac Jones is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 14.5. Meanwhile, Myles Rice also brings a PPG average of 14.1 into the game.
At this time, the Cougars’ defense is positioned 34th in the country, permitting 64.2 points per game. The Washington State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 58 points and allowed Oregon State to connect on 5 threes.