UCLA vs Washington State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/2/24

Washington State (22-7) vs UCLA (14-14)

Game Info: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Wallis Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum)

Betting Odds: Washington State Cougars -6.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UCLA Bruins and the Washington State Cougars meet Saturday in college basketball action from Beasley Coliseum. UCLA is .500 through 28 games this year and coming off a loss to Washington. As for Washington State, they improved to 22-7 with a win over USC on Thursday. Let’s get into our UCLA vs. Washington State prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

UCLA Bruins

The Bruins got off to a rocky start this year at 6-10, then hit an 8-1 run over the next nine. Those wins came versus Washington, Arizona State, USC, Oregon State, Oregon, Stanford, California and Colorado. Since then it’s been losses to Utah, USC and Washington however.

In the Washington game on Thursday, UCLA came into the second half with a 44-35 deficit. The Bruins didn’t get any closer on a 50-44 run from there and lost 94-77 in the end. Leading scorer Lazar Stefanovic managed 22 points with seven rebounds, and Dylan Andrews doubled on 21 points and 11 assists.

Washington State Cougars

Over on the Cougars’ side, they were 13-6 at the 19-game mark this year. Washington State would beat Utah, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, California, Stanford and Arizona in the next eight games. After a loss to Arizona State, the Cougars bounced back with a win over USC.

In the USC matchup on Thursday, Washington State had a close call. The Cougars were in trouble with a 39-35 deficit at the break but came back on a 40-33 run from there for a 75-72 win. Both Isaiah Watts (bench) and Andrej Jakimovski posted 18 points apiece to lead the way.

ANDREW’S FREE UCLA VS WASHINGTON STATE PREDICTION

I’ll stay with Washington State. The Cougars need to play better than they did in the USC game, though. In that matchup Washington State gave up 51.9 percent shooting and had 14 turnovers (leading to 12 points for the Trojans). The good news is that the Cougars shot well (50 percent) and had 14 team assists. They’ve now scored 72 or more points in three of the last four.

As for UCLA, they’ve been below 70 points in four of the last five games. The Bruins can score pretty well when the matchup is right, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them hang around on Saturday. Ultimately I like the Cougars to power out the home cover, though.

Andrew’s Pick Washington State Cougars -6.5

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