The Washington State Cougars will travel to Boulder, CO on Thursday night for a Pac 12 showdown against the Colorado Buffaloes.
Tad Boyle’s squad has battled through an up-and-down season through the team’s first 18 games. Colorado has dropped games to Colorado State, Oregon State, and San Diego already this year, but the Buffs also have wins against Arizona State, Arizona, and UCLA on their NCAA Tournament resume.
Line: Colorado -8
Cougars launching threes at high rate
Washington State snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday by knocking off California at home for their first Pac 12 victory of the season. The Cougars held the Golden Bears to just 4-for-24 shooting form three-point range on the night en route to a 78-53 win. Robert Franks scored a game-high 34 points, while Malachi Flynn chipped in 14 to pace the Cougars on offense.
Washington State comes into Thursday’s game with the best effective field goal percentage during conference play, however, Ernie Kent’s squad still ranks as one of the worst offensive teams in the Pac 12.The Cougars are scoring just 102.3 points per 100 possessions (9th in the Pac 12) and turning the ball over on 23.8 percent of their offensive possessions (12th in the Pac 12) during the conference season.
The Cougars have shot 54.1 percent of their field goal attempts in conference play from beyond the arc (1st in the Pac 12) and have made 38.6 percent of their attempts from distance (4th in the Pac 12) through five conference games.
King leads Buffaloes to win over UCLA
The Buffaloes are fresh off of an impressive 68-59 win on the road against UCLA. George King led all players with 26 points on the night and Colorado shot 11-of-22 from three-point range to run away with another top-50 win. No other Buffs player scored in double-figures.
Colorado enters Wednesday’s matchup ranked as one of the worst offensive teams in the entire conference. The Buffaloes are scoring just 96.0 points per 100 possessions (10th in the Pac 12), while turning the ball over on 23.4 percent of their offensive possessions (11th in the Pac 12) during conference play.
One thing that the Buffs do well on offense is moving the ball effectively. Colorado has assisted on 59.3 percent of their made baskets during the Pac 12 season, but it hasn’t amounted to an efficient offensive attack. Tad Boyle’s squad has managed to make just 45.4 percent of their field goal attempts from inside the arc (11th in the Pac 12) and the team owns an effective field goal percentage of 50.3 percent (10th in the Pac 12) through six conference games.
- Cougars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Cougars are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Buffaloes are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- Buffaloes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
The Buffaloes have been one of the toughest teams to get a grasp on in the Pac 12. This is a team that has lost three games to teams ranked outside the top-100 in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Rankings, but has also beaten three teams in the top-50 over its last four games. Washington State hoists a ton of three-pointers, but they’ve turned the ball over far too often during conference play. This spread feels a little inflated, but look for Colorado to cover the spread on the road in this Pac 12 showdown on Thursday night.