Cal vs Washington State Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/8/23

Washington State Cougars (16-15) vs California Golden Bears (3-28)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 5:30 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington State Cougars -13.5 -- Over/Under: 126 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The California Golden Bears will play the Washington State Cougars in the first round of the PAC-12 Tournament on Wednesday evening at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cal Preview

The California Golden Bears are 3-28 (2-18) this season after they lost to Oregon State by a score of 69-66 in their last game. Cal shot 45.8% from the field and was -2 in rebounding margin in the loss. The Cal Golden Bears are averaging 58.5 points per game, 70.1 points against per game, 31.5 rebounds per game, and 9.6 assists per game. Lars Thiemann has led the Golden Bears this season with 9.5 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, and 0.6 assists per game. Cal is shooting 39.2% from the field, 72.1% on free throws, and 30% on three pointers this year. 

Washington State Preview

The Washington State Cougars are 16-15 (11-9) this season after they defeated Washington by a score of 93-84 in their last game. Washington State shot 50.7% from the field and made 12 three pointers in the win. The Washington State Cougars are averaging 68.1 points per game, 65.4 points against per game, 34.9 rebounds per game, and 11.7 assists per game. TJ Bamba has led the Cougars this season with 15.7 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. Washington State is shooting 42.4% from the field, 71.2% on free throws, and 36.5% on three pointers this year.


Cal is 4-0 ATS in their last neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The under is 11-5-1 in Cal’s last 17 neutral site games. Washington State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games. The under is 5-2 in Washington State’s last 7 neutral site games. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings. 


California was one of the worst teams in high level college basketball this season and their season will most likely come to a close after this game. Washington State is playing very well right now and has won six games in a row. The Cougars swept the season series with Cal, but they only won 63-57 last week. Washington State is the better team and they should get the win, but I am going to take Cal with the points. 

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

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