Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Bruins and Cougars. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on PACN, and it’s hosted by the Cougars at Friel Court in Pullman, WA. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Pac-12 conference game currently have Washington State as the -5.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 126.5 points.

UCLA BRUINS VS WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Washington State Cougars -5.5

This game will be played at Friel Court at 7:00 ET on Saturday, March 2nd.

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 -5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 126.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Taking a Look at the Bruins Chances in Pullman

UCLA enters this game with a 14-14 overall record and a 9-8 record in Pac-12 play. They have lost three straight games and are currently 5.5-point underdogs against Washington State.

On the road this season, the Bruins have gone 6-6, and their average scoring differential is -2.0 points per game. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone 5-5.

As the underdog this season, UCLA has gone 9-4 vs. the spread. On the road, the Bruins have an ATS mark of 7-3-2 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 7-3. In their last 5 games as the underdog, UCLA is 4-1 vs. the spread.

UCLA’s over/under record for the season is 10-18 and today’s line of 126.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (134.8). So far, 11 of their games have finished with less points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points.

UCLA is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 77 points vs. Washington. This figure is more than their season average of 66.2 points per game. On the offensive front, the Bruins have a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, ranking 355th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 373rd in terms of percentage and 345th in three-pointers made.

In the current season, the UCLA defense has excelled, sitting 23rd in the nation by allowing 65.1 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 7.5 threes per game vs. Washington State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.9%.

Will the Cougars Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

Washington State has been dominant at home this season, going 15-3 with an average scoring margin of +12.3 points per game. They have won five straight games at home and are 16-4 as the favorite this season.

Overall, the Cougars are 22-7 this season and have gone 13-5 in Pac-12 play. They are coming off a 75-72 win over USC and have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games at home.

Washington State’s ATS record this season is 15-13-1, including a home mark of 9-9. Over their last three home games, the Cougars have gone 2-1 vs. the spread, and their ATS record as the favorite this year is 9-11. In their last three games as the favorite, Washington State is just 1-2 vs. the spread.

Washington State’s over/under record for the season is 13-16 and today’s line of 126.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (141.7). So far, 26 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 144 points and their OU record during this stretch is 1-2.

In their most recent game, the Cougars’ offense tallied 75 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 75 points per game. In terms of offense, the Cougars have a season-long field goal percentage of 47%, putting them 79th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 159th in percentage and 273rd in three-pointers made.

So far this season, the Washington State defense has been performing well, ranking 52nd in the country at 67.2 points allowed per contest. The Washington State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 72 points and allowed USC to connect on 10 threes.