California at Washington State: 1/15/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

California at Washington State: 1/15/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State Cougars (9-7) vs California Golden Bears (9-8)

Game Info: Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 4:00 pm (Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum)

Betting Odds: Washington State Cougars -7 -- Over/Under: 126.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cal Golden Bears and Washington State Cougars face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Beasley Coliseum. When these two teams faced off in February of 2021 it was Washington State that won 81-52. 

California comes into this game with a 9-8 record overall and they have gone 12-5 against the spread. In the last game against Washington, Cal could only manage 55 points and that led to the nine point defeat. California is averaging 65.1 points while their defense is giving up 62.6 points per game. Forward Andre Kelly has been the top player for California averaging 14.4 points while shooting 60.5 percent from the field and 50 percent from the field. In this game, California is going to need the offense to be better.

On the other side of this matchup is the Washington State Cougars who sit with a 9-7 record and they have gone 7-9 against the spread. In the last game against Stanford they were up nine points at halftime, but they couldn’t score in the second half, and that led to the five point defeat. Washington State is averaging 74.8 points while their defense is giving up 64.3 points per game. Guard Michael Flowers has been the top player for Washington State averaging 13.2 points while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from behind the three point line. 

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Cal is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games following a straight up loss. Washington State is 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games. The under is 6-1 in Washington State’s last seven games. The under is 6-1 in Cal’s last seven games played on Saturday. The under is 4-0 in Cougars last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.

These are both offenses that I don’t trust and I expect both teams are going to struggle to score in this game. Both teams are going to play at a slow pace, and that is going to lead to a lower scoring game. All the trends point towards the under and the under is going to cash.

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

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