Washington State at Arizona: 2/25/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Arizona Wildcats (15-8) vs Washington State Cougars (14-10)
Game Info: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11:00 pm (McKale Memorial Center)
Betting Odds: Arizona Wildcats -9 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Washington State Cougars will travel to the McKale Center to take on the Arizona Wildcats this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Washington State Cougars won their 2nd straight game and improved to 14-10 on the season after defeating the Stanford Cardinal, 85-76 in 3OT, this past Saturday. Washington State was able to force OT after Noah Williams hit a game-typing three-pointer with just :06 seconds left in regulation and the Cougars were able to pull away in triple-OT after holding Stanford scoreless for the entire triple-OT period. Washington State shot 36.0% from the field and 32.5% from beyond the arc while Stanford shot 51.7% from the field and 41.2% from beyond the arc. Washington State outrebounded Stanford by a 48-36 margin and forced 23 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Noah Williams who had 40 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, & 3 steals.
On the season, Washington State is averaging 69.5 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Washington State has been led by Isaac Bonton (18.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.1 spg), Noah Williams (14.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Efe Abogidi (9.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.4 bpg), & Andrej Jakimovski (6.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 apg). Isaac Bonton is currently questionable for this game due to an ankle injury.
Defensively, Washington State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 3.3 and a turnover margin of -1.9.
The Arizona Wildcats snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 15-8 on the season after upsetting the 17th ranked USC Trojans, 81-72, this past Saturday. Arizona was outstanding offensively from beyond the arc and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 67-55 lead with 6:09 left in regulation. Arizona shot 42.2% from the field and 47.1% from beyond the arc while USC shot 41.9% from the field and 35.0% from beyond the arc. Arizona outrebounded USC by a 43-36 margin and committed just 9 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was James Akinjo who had 20 points, 1 rebound, & 7 assists.
On the season, Arizona is averaging 76.0 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Arizona has been led by James Akinjo (14.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Azuolas Tubelis (12.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 apg), Bennedict Mathurin (10.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apg), & Terrell Brown Jr. (7.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Arizona is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 7.5 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The Cougars are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Wildcats are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Arizona picked up a great road win against USC, however, this is still a team that has lost 4 of their last 6 games and has struggle offensively in those losses, averaging just 64.5 ppg. Washington State might not have their leading scorer in Isaac Bonton, however, the Cougars have gotten plenty of offensive support as of late from Noah Williams and as I think the Cougars defense, which ranks 91st in scoring defense & 68th in defensive FG%, will be able to keep this game competitive, I think the play here is to take Washington State and the points. Good Luck!