Colorado vs Washington State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/15/24

Washington State (24-8) vs Colorado (22-9)

Game Info: Friday, March 15, 2024 at 10:30 pm (T-Mobile Arena)

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The Colorado Buffaloes and the Washington State Cougars will meet in the Semifinals of the Pac-12 Tournament this Friday night in Las Vegas from the T-Mobile Arena on the Pac-12 Network. Colorado enters as narrow favorites, with the total hovering 137.5. Stay tuned for our Washington State vs Colorado Prediction.      

Colorado Buffaloes Preview

Colorado comes in 23-9 after defeating Utah in the Quarterfinals, 72-58. The Buffaloes used a strong second half to send the Utes home, and they’ll look to replicate the same result here versus the Cougars. Colorado is scoring 80.6 points per game, on 49.9% shooting, while allowing 72.1 ppg, and they’re 8-2 over their previous ten games. 

Colorado Team Profile

  • Tad Boyke’s team likes to play an uptempo style, averaging just 72.7 possessions per game (95th), and they’re knocking down 39.8 of their treys.
  • Junior guard KJ Simpson has caught fire down the stretch, and after scoring 22 points or more in four straight contests, he leads Colorado in scoring (19.9) and assists (4.8), while grabbing 5.6 rpg.
  • Munich native Tristan da Silva led the way with a 27-point double-double in the win over Stanford, and he’s up to 16.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg.  
  • Veteran guard J’Vonne Hadley tallied 20 points in the Utah victory, and averaging 11.9 ppg and 5.9 rpg. 
  • TCU transfer Eddie Lampkin Jr. leads CU in rebounding (7.0), while scoring 10.0 ppg. 

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Washington State Cougars Preview

Washington State moved to 24-8 after defeating Stanford in the Quarterfinals, 79-62. The Cougars bullied the Cardinal early then held on to advance, and they’ll look to get back to the Pac-12 title game with a victory over the Buffs. WSU is scoring 75.0 points per game, on 47.2% shooting, while allowing 65.9 ppg, and they’re 8-2 over their previous ten games. 

Wazzu Team Profile

  • Kyle Smith’s squad takes a shot-clock heavy approach, averaging 69.5 possessions per game (244th), and they’re shooting 35.0% from the outside (124th). 
  • Freshman guard Myles Rice delivered with a game-high 21 points in the road win over Oregon, and he leads Wazzu in scoring (15.6) and assists (3.8).  
  • Senior forward Isaac Jones led the way with 20 points in the Apple Cup victory over UW, and he leads WSU in rebounding (7.7), while scoring 15.5 ppg.  
  • Junior forward Jaylen Wells went for a season-high 24 points in the Oregon State matchup, and he’s third on the team at 11.0 ppg. 

Washington State vs Colorado Trends

  • COL is 14-16-2 against the spread, with a 19-13 O/U record
  • WSU is 17-14-1 ATS, with a 14-16-2 over/under record.

Washington State vs Colorado Prediction

Colorado and Washington State have both gone on to steal the show here in the Pac-12's swan song season, and this matchup should be contested to the wire. Colorado’s late-season surge supports their claim as favorites, but with this one set to go either way, I like testing the scoreboard here. The magic number is in an attainable spot, so let’s back the Over for this Semifinal.

Corey’s Pick CU/WSU To Go OVER

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