Washington State at Colorado - 3/11/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Washington State at Colorado - 3/11/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State Cougars (15-16) at Colorado Buffaloes (21-10)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11:30 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -9 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington State Cougars (15-16, 6-12 CONF) and the Colorado Buffaloes (21-10, 10-8 CONF) will meet on Wednesday, March 11th for the 1st Round of the PAC-12 Conference Tournament. The game will be played at a neutral site at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. The game is scheduled for an 11:30 PM ET start time. 

Washington State ended its regular season with an 83-74 road loss to Arizona State. Washington State has lost four of its last five games overall. Colorado ended its regular season on the worst note possible. They have lost four straight games after being ranked not too long ago. Their last loss came to Utah on the road, 74-72 in overtime. 

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Washington State scores 69.5 points per game on 39.5 percent field goal shooting this season. Washington State’s leading scorer and rebounder is F CJ Elleby, who scores 18.0 points per game and earns 7.8 rebounds per game. Washington State allows 69.7 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -.2 scoring differential so far this season. Washington State also earns 36.4 rebounds, 11.4 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 6.7 steals per game as a team. 

Colorado scores 71.0 points per game on 43.9 percent field goal shooting this season. Colorado’s leading scorer G McKinley Wright IV, who scores 14.2 points per game. The leading rebounder for Colorado is G Tyler Bey, who earns 9.1 rebounds per game. Colorado allows 63.7 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +7.3 scoring differential so far this season. Colorado also earns 36.9 rebounds, 13.5 assists, 3.0 blocks, and 5.8 steals per game as a team. 

Washington State is 13-18 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Washington State is also 2-2 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season. Colorado is 12-18-1 against the spread this season and 2-8 against the spread in their last ten games. Colorado is also 2-2 against the spread in neutral site games so far this season.

I cannot take a Colorado team that has not won a game in their last four games. Washington State plus the nine is tempting, but I really do not love it either. I would stay away from this game, as the PAC-12 has a history of being wild, but I will lean on the under 139. Both teams will focus on the defensive side of the ball more than usual, especially in a conference tournament game. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.