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NCAAB: Colorado Buffaloes at Washington State Cougars Game Preview and Prediction

The Pac-12 rivals will face at the Friel Court on Wednesday as the Colorado Buffaloes are taking on Washington State Cougars, looking the get their sixth consecutive victory and eight in conference play, while the hosts are hoping to get back to the winning ways after suffering a tight loss in a local rivalry tilt with the Washington Huskies. The Buffaloes had more success when it comes to the recent H2H duels as they won four of the last five meetings including the opening game of this season’s series when it was 92-60 in Colorado.

NCAAB: Wednesday, February 20, 2019, Friel Court, Pullman, Washington, 10:00 PM ET

 

The Buffaloes handed Arizona the seventh straight defeat

Colorado is in a fine form at the moment as they responded to a two-game losing run with five consecutive wins, including the most recent one over the Arizona Wildcats. The Buffaloes now improved to the 16-9 record and are currently in the 5th position in the Pac-12 Conference with four wins behind the leaders Washington Huskies and six more than their next opponents Washington State Cougars. Colorado is 7-6 in conference play and if they win this one, they will likely end the regular season in the top half of the standings, while the Buffaloes have 17 percent of chances to reach the NCAA Tournament.

Junior forward Lucas Siewert led the Buffaloes in a 67-60 win with 15 points, nine rebounds, and a couple of steals; McKinley Wright IV added 14 points, while Shane Gatling finished the tilt with 11 points. Colorado played excellently in the defense in the opening 20 minutes and limited Arizona to only 28 points and although the Wildcats were a bit better in the second half, the 6-point lead at halftime proved to be crucial here. The Buffaloes shot 55.8 percent from the floor and despite they hit three triples fewer than the visitors (5-8), the hosts made 14 free throws in opposite to the Wildcats’ four.

The Buffaloes have the 118th offense in the NCAAB that averages 75.1 points per contest, while their defense allows 68.6 points per game (102nd). Colorado’s rebounding is the 108th as they are recording 36.8 boards per game, while they are the 211th when it comes to assists per contest with 13.2 dishes a night. Colorado is 76th in field goal percentage as they have 46.4 percent from the floor and 278th from downtown with 32.5 percentage, while they are the 288th with 6.6 three-pointers made per game.

The Cougars dropped a win in a close encounter with the Huskies

Washington State bounced back from a five-game losing streak with a pair of victories over the Arizona State Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats but couldn’t make it three in a row as the Washington Huskies edged them in a tight affair. The Cougars dropped to the 10-15 record and are in the 11th place in the Pac-12 Conference with ten wins behind the Huskies, six behind their next rivals Colorado Buffaloes, and five more than the last-placed California Golden Bears. Washington will definitely finish the regular season in the bottom half of the standings, while the NCAA Tournament is out of reach this year.

Forward sophomore Marvin Cannon led the Cougars in a 72-70 loss with 25 points (8-15 FG, 3-5 3PT, 6-7 FT), team-high eight rebounds, and a couple of steals, while Robert Franks followed him with 16 points and two blocks. Washington State was a better rival in the first half and had a 9-point lead at halftime but the Huskies shut them down in the second 20 minutes and limited them to just 25 points, while Noah Dickerson tipped in a missed layup from Jaylen Nowell with 25 seconds remaining to give the visitors a close victory. The Cougars beat Washington in rebounds (33-27) and assists (17-12) but they committed even 19 turnovers in opposite to the Huskies’ ten.

The Cougars have the 74th offense in the NCAAB that averages 77.2 points per contest, while their defense is allowing 77.4 points per game (307th). Iowa is the 284th rebounding team in college basketball as they are recording 33.5 boards per game, while they are 52nd when it comes to assists per contest with 15.3 dishes a night. Washington State is 99th in field goal percentage as they have 46.1 percent from the floor and 98th from downtown with 36.2 percentage, while they are the 38th with 9.5 three-pointers made per game.

Trends:

Colorado:

  • 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall
  • 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win
  • 5-0 ATS in their last five vs. Pacific-12 rivals
  • 4-0 ATS in their last four games played on Wednesday

Washington State:

  • 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall
  • 2-5 ATS in their last seven games played at home
  • 2-8 ATS in their last ten games following a straight up loss

The Winner Prediction

Colorado won seven out of the previous ten H2H encounters including four of the last five, while the Buffaloes lost the past two meetings at the Friel Court. However, Washington State suffered four consecutive defeats at home and the Buffaloes beat both UCLA and USC on the road in their last two away games, and I am backing the visitors to get a victory here. The Buffaloes are chasing a spot in the NCAA Tournament and considering they are closing the regular season with three home games, they have a chance to make it and win here will certainly be a big boost.

The Pick: Colorado Buffaloes -4.5 (-110)

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