Washington @ Washington State 3/7/24 Free Pick, NCAAB Odds, NCAAB Predictions

Washington (16-14) at Washington State (23-7)

Game Info: Thursday, March 7th, 2024 at  9 p.m. EST (Beasley Coliseum)

Betting Odds: Washington State -6.5 (-110) - Over/Under (149.5)

Pick: Washington State -6.5 (-110)

These two Apple Cup rivals will face off on the hardwood here on Thursday night, in a game that could have a ton of implications on the Pac-12 conference tournament. As the Washington Huskies take their bubble chances on the road to Pullman to play the Washington state cougars as Washington State looks to further confirm an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. This will likely be the final meeting between these two teams of members of the Pac 12 conference, and it is unknown if they will continue to play into the future because of conference realignment. 

It has been a less than ideal season for Washington, as they come into this game hovering around 500 and at real risk of missing out on the NCAA tournament. Unless they finish out the season on a hot note and likely win out and win the automatic bid from the Pac 12 conference it seems like they will miss the tournament altogether. Although they’re bubble hopes are rather slim at the moment a victory in this game on the road against a top 25 rival would certainly boost them heading into the final weekend of the regular season. They come into this game with 16 victories through their first 30 games of the regular season. 

Washington is in desperate need of a résumé building victory here on Thursday night on the road. They have put up solid numbers on the offensive end of the floor this year averaging over 80 points per game but their defense has let them down several times. As they are giving up around 77 points per game and that has been their Achilles heel throughout conference play as well. They will overcome that in this game and snap their current one game losing streak to get back into the win column  heading into the final weekend of the regular season.

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Washington State has put together an incredible season, and they seem to be a shoe in for the NCAA tournament at the moment. They will still look for a strong finish of the year, and that starts with a victory here in this game on Thursday night at home against their rivals. A win in this game would send them into the weekend on a high note, as they are getting ready to start the conference tournament. They come into this game with 23 victories through their first 30 games of the regular season and they are ranked inside the top 25. They’re coming into this game on a two game winning streak, and they will look for a third consecutive victory here on Thursday night against Washington. 

With a victory in this game, they could keep their hopes alive of winning a Pac 12 regular season title, as they are currently less than a game behind Arizona for first place. They have been incredibly hard to beat at home this season, as they come into this game with 15 victories in 16 home games. When these two teams met in February, it took overtime to decide the game, but it was Washington State that came away with a three-point victory on the road in Seattle against Washington. Now they will replicate that performance in this game here on Thursday night to complete the regular season sweep of their rivals.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Washington State is 15-1 at home 

- Washington is 4-6 on the road 

- Washington is 1-2 against ranked teams 

I don’t see this one being a close one despite the fact that their first meeting of the season was decided in overtime. Both of these teams are in much different forms this time around, and I look for Washington State to use their homecourt advantage to pull out a comfortable victory here on Thursday night. As I look for the Cougars to not only pick up a victory in this game against the Huskies, but I also look for Washington State to cover the spread in the process as well.

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