Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Cougars versus the Buffaloes? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on PACN. The game will be played at CU Events Center in Boulder, CO. The over/under for this game is set at 142.5 points, and the Buffaloes are the home favorites against the Cougars in a Pac-12 conference matchup.

WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS VS COLORADO BUFFALOES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Washington State Cougars +9

This game will be played at CU Events Center at 2:00 ET on Sunday, December 31st.

WHY BET THE WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Buffaloes.
  • Even though we have Colorado winning straight-up, we like Washington State at +9.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will Washington State Find a Way to Win on the Road?

The Cougars will be playing today's game with a 9-3 record, having lost their previous game to Utah by a score of 80-58. In their previous five road games, which includes games from last year, Washington State has a record of 3-2. Washington State has a below .500 ATS record of 5-7. When examining their performance in the last five games, they are 2-3 vs. the spread.

Washington State comes in with an over/under record of 6-6-0 through 12 games, with their games averaging a combined 139.7 points per game so far. When assessing the Cougars' performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 0-3, with their games averaging 131 points per game.

The Washington State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 58 points vs. Utah. Overall their field goal percentage was 31.3% while connecting on 4 threes. The team's top scorer is Isaac Jones, who enters today's matchup with an average of 15.5, while Myles Rice also carries a PPG average of 14.8 into the game.

The Cougars' defense is presently ranked 33rd nationally, allowing an average of 63.9 points per contest. In today's game vs. Colorado, the Washington State defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Washington State made 15 free-throws vs. the Cougars.

Does Colorado Stand a Chance at Home?

Heading into their 13th game of the season, Colorado has a 10-2 record. Over their last ten games at home, Colorado is 9-1, including games from last year. As of now, Colorado's record against the spread for the season stands at 7-5 leading into today's game. When playing away, the Buffaloes are 0-3 vs. the spread, while they are 7-2 at home ATS.

Colorado comes in with an over/under record of 7-5-0 through 12 games, with their games averaging a combined 154.1 points per game so far. When analyzing the Buffaloes' last five games, they have produced a combined average of 155 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

In contrast to their season average of 85.1 points per game, the Colorado had a below average performance. They scored 73 points against Washington and had a field goal percentage of 44.1%. The team's scoring leader is KJ Simpson, who holds an average of 20 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Tristan Da Silva is averaging 15.7 points per game this season.

Currently, the Buffaloes' defense holds the 109th rank in the nation, allowing 69.0 points per game. In their previous game vs. Washington, the Huskies finished with a field goal percentage of 44% and a total of 69 points vs. Colorado.