Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Cougars versus the Golden Bears? Tip off is at at 5:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on PACN. The game will be played at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA. In this Pac-12 matchup, the Cougars are the betting favorite against the Golden Bears. The over/under for the game is 144.5 points.
WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS VS CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS BETTING PICK
The Pick: California Golden Bears +1.5
This game will be played at Haas Pavilion at 5:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Golden Bears.
- Not only will California pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 144.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.
Can the Cougars Deliver Being Favored on the Road?
Washington State enters this game as a 1.5-point favorite, and they have gone 10-2 as the favorite this season. They have an overall record of 13-5, and they are currently riding a three-game win streak. So far, they have gone 4-3 in Pac-12 play.
On the road, the Cougars have gone 2-2 this season, and their average scoring margin is -1.8 points per game. Over their last 10 road games, they have gone 5-5, and their record over the last five games is 2-3.
Washington State has an overall ATS record of 8-9-1 this season, but their ATS mark as the favorite is just 5-7. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cougars are 4-6 vs. the spread.
Washington State’s over/under record for the season is 8-10, and the average point total in their games is 142. So far, 12 of their games have finished with less points than today’s over/under line of 144.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2, and the average scoring total in those games is 147 points.
Coming off a good offensive performance, Washington State’s offense scored 89 points against Stanford. Their field goal percentage for the game was 54.3%, and they went 6/11 from the free-throw line. Leading Washington State in scoring vs. Stanford was Myles Rice with his 35 points. Isaac Jones also added 24 points for the Cougars.
In the current season, the Washington State defense has excelled, sitting 62nd in the nation by allowing 66.5 points per game. Washington State’s three-point defense is currently 70th in the country at 6.1 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.6% of their shots vs. Washington State.
Can the Golden Bears Offense Score Enough at Home?
California enters this game as a 1.5-point underdog, and they have been the underdog in 11 of their 18 games this season. They have gone 3-8 in those games, including a 2-point loss to Washington in their last game.
At home, the Golden Bears have gone 5-6 this season, and they are coming off a 77-75 loss to Washington. Over their last 10 home games, they have gone 4-6.
California has an ATS record of 9-9 this season, going 4-7 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Golden Bears have gone 7-3 vs. the spread.
California’s over/under record this season sits at 12-6 and today’s line of 144.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (145.7). So far, 12 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average of 154 points per game compared to their season average of 152 points per game.
The California offense is coming off a game in which they scored 75 points vs. Washington. Overall their field goal percentage was 46.6% while connecting on 8 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Jaylon Tyson, who holds an average of 20.5 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Fardaws Aimaq is averaging 15.3 points per game this season.
As they prepare for the upcoming game, California is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 76.7 points per game (259th). On average, opposing teams are hitting 8.1 threes per game vs. Washington State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 36.0%.