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A pair of Pac-12 programs looking to pick up a victory lock up in the Palouse of the Pacific Northwest. The Washington Huskies are on the road as they travel to face the Washington State Cougars Saturday night. Washington comes in off a 75-63 road loss to Arizona State in their previous contest last Saturday. Washington State picked up a 69-55 road win over Arizona in their previous tilt last Saturday. The Huskies lead the all-time series 104-56 and have won the last three meetings, including an 85-67 home win in the first meeting this season on January 5.
Washington Huskies Try to Avenge First Conference Loss
Washington saw their first conference loss to the season as they were beaten on the road by Arizona State in their last contest. The Huskies now look to regroup after falling to 10-1 in the Pac-12, 2.5 games ahead of Utah in the conference standings. Washington was down eight at the half and got no closer than seven in the second half, at 54-47, with 6:29 to play. The Huskies shot 36.8 percent from the field, including 10 of 32 from three-point range, and missed nine of their 20 free throws in the game. Noah Dickerson led Washington with 18 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
— Washington Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) February 15, 2019
The Huskies are averaging 71.7 points per game on the season at this point in time. Washington is grabbing 32.8 rebounds a night while handing out 12 assists a night. The defense has been above average in coach Mike Hopkins’ second season as the Huskies are 30th in scoring defense as they allow 64.5 points a night. Jaylen Nowell leads the team with 16.4 points per game. Noah Dickerson is one of two other players in double figures as he puts up 12.8 points plus 6.7 rebounds a night. David Crisp (12.4 points), Nahziah Carter, Dominic Green, Matisse Thybulle and Hameir Wright all are logging double digit minutes for the Huskies this season. The Huskies shoot 46.2 percent from the floor so far this season. Washington drains 7.5 three-pointers a game while shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Huskies are mediocre at the free throw line as they shoot 70.6 percent as a team.
Washington State Cougars Shoot for Three-Game Win Streak
Washington State swept the Arizona schools on the road as they took down Arizona in Tucson in their last contest. The Cougars improved to 3-8 in the Pac-12, leaving them second to last in the standings, ahead of only Cal. Washington State jumped to a 7-0 lead out of the gate and didn’t let Arizona closer than two after that. The Cougars went up 12 at the half and didn’t let Arizona closer than nine the rest of the way. Washington State shot 45.3 percent from the field, including nine of 22 from three-point range, and held the Wildcats to 31.1 percent shooting. Robert Franks led the Cougars with 31 points and eight rebounds in the win.
When you average 32.5 points on 65% shooting you best believe you're named #Pac12Hoops Player of the Week.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) February 11, 2019
The Cougars are putting up an average of 77.5 points a night so far this season. Washington State pulls down 33.5 rebounds a night while handing out 15.3 assists per game. The Cougars are struggling defensively, ranking 312th in scoring defense as they give up 77.7 points a game. Robert Franks leads Washington State with 22.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest this season. He missed five straight games with a hip injury. CJ Elleby (15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds) is the only other player scoring in double figures for the Cougars this season. Ahmed Ali, Viont’e Daniels, Isaiah Wade, Carter Skaggs, Arinze Chidom, Marvin Cannon, Jeff Pollard and Jervae Robinson are all solid contributors for the Cougars. Washington State shoots 46 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Cougars splash 9.5 triples a night while shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc. Washington State is solid at the charity stripe as they cash in 75.2 percent of their attempts this season.
- Cougars are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Cougars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games
- Cougars are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games
- Huskies are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall
- Huskies are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Pacific-12 foes
- Huskies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Washington State has won back to back games but they’re going to face their archrival here. The Huskies are extremely stingy on the defensive end of the floor and that’s going to be a stiff challenge for the Cougars, who are weak defensively. Washington suffered their first conference loss of the season their last time out and they’ve had a week to dissect what went wrong. The Huskies are experienced and they find a way to contain Franks offensively. Washington picks up the win here to bounce back from their loss last week.
Prediction: Washington Huskies -7.5
Full-Game Total Pick
This one is a contest between a pair of in-state rivals that play different styles. Washington is excellent on the defensive end of the floor this season: they are 43rd in field goal percentage defense (40.8 percent) and 73rd in three-point field goal percentage defense (31.9 percent) this season. The Huskies are 89th in field goal percentage and 156th in three-point percentage on the offensive end of the floor. Washington State is 312th in scoring defense, 313th in field goal percentage defense (46.5 percent) and 230th in three-point field goal percentage defense (35 percent) on the year. Can the Cougars find a way to make it three straight victories by beating their Apple Cup rivals?
The under is 23-7 in the Huskies’ last 30 road games, 21-7 in their last 28 games following a straight up loss, 21-7 in their last 28 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 23-8 in their last 31 games following an ATS loss. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between the teams. Washington gets their points but the Cougars have a tough time offensively: this one ends up under the total.
Prediction: Under 145.5