#7 Arizona Wildcats at Washington State Cougars
Friel Court – Pullman, Washington
Sunday, February 15, 2015, 6:30 pm Eastern, TV: Fox Sports 1
Opening Line: Arizona -16
Current Line: Arizona -16
Opening Total: 145
Current Total: 145 1/2
Opening Money Line: Arizona -1700 / Washington State +1000
Current Money Line: Arizona -1700 / Washington State +1000
The 21-3 Arizona Wildcats are tied for first in the Pac 12 with Utah at 9-3. Arizona travels to the 11-13 Washington State Cougars Sunday afternoon. The Cougars are in 8th place at 5-7. Arizona has won 7 of the last 8 games overall and Washington State has gone 2-6 in their last 8 games.
Arizona leads the series 58-16 against Washington State including 25-9 in Pullman. The Wildcats have won 7 straight games against the Cougars including a 60-25 destruction last season in Tucson. This is the only scheduled meeting between the teams this season.
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Arizona is coached by Sean Miller. The Wildcats have road losses at UNLV, Oregon State and Arizona State. The loss to the rival Sun Devils snapped a six game winning streak for the Wildcats. Arizona has home wins over CS-Northridge, UC-Irvine, Gonzaga, Michigan, Oakland, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Oregon State. The Wildcats also have neutral sight wins over Missouri, Kansas State and San Diego State in the Maui Invitational, and road wins over UTEP, Oregon, Stanford, California and Washington 86-62 Friday. Arizona is 14-10 ATS and the total is 11-13 this season. The Wildcats were 11.5 point favorites against Washington and the total was 147.
Washington State is coached by Ernie Kent. The Cougars have road losses to UTEP, TCU, Gonzaga, Santa Clara, Stanford, Utah, Colorado, Oregon State and Oregon, a neutral site loss to UC-Santa Barbara in Anchorage, Alaska, plus home losses to Idaho, Oregon State and California. Washington State has home wins over Idaho State, UTSA, San Jose State, UC-Davis, Oregon, Stanford and Arizona State 74-71 Friday, neutral site wins over Rice and Missouri State in Anchorage, plus road wins over California and Washington. The Cougars are 11-12-1 ATS and the total is 14-5 this season. Washington State was a 4.5 point favorite against Arizona State and the total was 149.5.
Arizona is outscoring teams 76-59 this season. The Wildcats are #27 in scoring and #21 in points allowed nationally. Arizona is shooting 49.3% from the field and 36% from 3 point range. The Wildcats are #8 in field goal percentage nationally. Arizona makes 68.8% of their free throws. Opponents are shooting 40.2% from the field and 33.1% from 3 point range. Arizona averages 35.7 rebounds per game and opponents average 25 per game. The Wildcats are #2 nationally in rebounds allowed. Arizona averages 13.7 assists, 11.7 turnovers, 7.3 steals and 3.3 blocks per game. Opponents average 10 assists, 14.7 turnovers, 5.1 steals and 2.2 blocks per game.
Forward Stanley Johnson averages 14.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Brandon Ashley averages 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson averages 11 points, 6.4 rebounds 1.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. T.J. McConnell averages 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Kaleb Tarczewski averages 8.3 points and 5 rebounds per game. Gabe York averages 8.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright is questionable with a concussion. Center Dusan Ristic is out Sunday with an infection. Guard Trey Mason is out indefinitely with a knee injury.
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Washington State is being outscored 76-71 this season. The Cougars are #345 out of 353 teams in points allowed nationally. Washington State is shooting 42.9% from the field and 33% from 3 point range. The Cougars make 71.6% of their free throws. Opponents are shooting 46.4% from the field and 37.8% from 3 point range. The Cougars are #316 or worse in both categories. Washington State averages 34.6 rebounds per game and opponents average 32.5 per game. The Cougars average 14.8 assists, 11.9 turnovers, 4.1 steals and 3.7 blocks per game. Opponents average 13.8 assists, 9.8 turnovers, 6.2 steals and 2.7 blocks per game.
DaVonte Lacy averages 16.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2 assists per game. Josh Hawkinson averages 14.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game. Ike Oroegbu averages 8.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Que Johnson averages 6.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Six other players average at least 11 minutes a game in the rotation.
Arizona is 6-1 ATS overall, and against Pac 12 teams, 5-1 after a straight up win, 4-1 after a cover, and against teams with losing records, The favorite has covered the last 6 games in the series. The Wildcats have covered the last 7 meetings against the Cougars.
Washington State is 5-0 ATS against teams with winning road records, 5-1-1 after a straight up win, 6-2 at home, and 9-4-1 against teams with winning records.
Despite being one of the worst offensive teams in the country, Washington State can be dangerous. They have upsets over Oregon, Stanford and Washington. Of course, none of those teams are even close to the quality of Arizona. The Cougars will probably score more than the 25 points they scored last season against Arizona, but the Wildcats will still win easily.