Colorado Buffaloes vs Washington Huskies – NCAAM December 20

Colorado (4-1) vs. Washington (1-5, 0-2)

Series

While the Buffaloes and Huskies are Pac-12 foes, this is a non-conference game as it is part of the Far West Classic and will air live on the Pac-12 Network. Washington owns a 17-12 advantage on Colorado while the Buffs’ snapped a five-game Huskies winning streak with a 76-62 win over Washington in Boulder. The Huskies hold a 2-1 advantage on a neutral floor.

Vs. The Spread

The Huskies are 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games and have been UNDER in four of their last six outings. However, the total has gone OVER in seven of Washington’s last eight Pac-12 encounters. The Buffaloes are 0-6 ATS in their last six Pac-12 games and they are 4-1 ATS in their last five games when they are favored.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Colorado -9 (-110) -500 O 134½ (-112)
Washington +9 (-110) +395 U 134½ (-108)

Last Time Out

The Huskies are 1-5 as they dropped their last two games at home to Oregon and Montana. The Grizzlies closed the game on a 15-5 run as they shaded Washington, 66-58 ,on Wednesday night. Huskies point guard Quade Green came in as the Washington scoring leader at 17 points per game, but was held to 1-of-11 from the field and four points.

Colorado smacked Omaha, 91-49, as the Buffaloes’ dynamic point guard McKinley Wright, IV, finished with 17 points, eight assists and no turnovers. Colorado held the Mavericks to 31 percent from the field as they rolled to a 47-25 halftime lead.

Bark-n-Bite

Washington Huskies LogoCoach Mike Hopkins is overseeing a monumental rebuild in Seattle as he lost a pair of one-and-dones in Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels to the NBA Draft. Point guard Quade Green has been the leader so far and center Nate Roberts, who had a double-double against Montana, has checked in averaging 61.8 percent from the floor. Erik Stevenson has struggled so far as he transferred back into the Washington after spending his freshman season as a key contributor at Wichita State. Washington needs to find points consistently beside of Green and Rae’Quan Battle, a USC transfer, could be a possibility, as he averaged 11 points and made five triples in the Huskies’ Pac-12 losses to Utah and Oregon.

Hearing Hooves

Colorado Buffaloes LogoMcKinley Wright, IV, is one of the most underrated guards in the nation as he leads the Buffaloes over the first five games with 17.6 points and 5.8 assists per game. Graduate transfer Jeriah Horne (10.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg) came over from Tulsa and leads the Pac-12 in 3-point field goal percentage at 55.6 percent. Evan Battey averaged 11 points and 8.5 boards in Colorado’s last two games and joins Dallas Walton, who leads the Pac-12 at 71.4 percent from the field, as two imposing figures inside. With the Huskies struggling to score (59.6 ppg, 39% FG) and the Buffaloes’ signature defense (34.4%), this could get ugly early in favor of Colorado if the 2-3 zone of the Huskies can’t find Wright and account for him on the perimeter.

Winner: Colorado (-9) 69, Washington 56
Over-Under: Take UNDER 134½

The Bets
Colorado Buffaloes -9
-110
UNDER 134½
-108
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.