Washington Huskies at Washington State Cougars – NCAAM February 15

Washington (3-16, 2-12) at Washington State (12-9, 5-9)

  • Time: 4 PST – 6 CST – 7 EST
  • Place: Beasley Coliseum, Pullman, Wash.
  • TV: Pac-12 Network

Opening Tip:

The Cougars are going for the sweep in the Apple Cup series for the second year in a row. Washington State won 77-62 in Seattle on Jan. 31. It was the Cougars biggest win at Washington since 1994. Isaac Bonton led the Cougs with 25 points and Noah Williams had 21.

The Huskies have lost five in a row and have struggled with losses of Isaiah Stewart and Jasen McDaniels and Jaylen Nowell to the NBA.

Washington State has won three out of it’s last five as they are in the middle of a 5-game home stretch that is due to rescheduling due to the postponements from covid protocols.

The Spread:

Washington:

  • The Huskies are 7-13 ATS in their last 20 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of the Huskies last 11 games
  • The Huskies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Cougars

Washington State:

  • The Cougars are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington State’s last 5 games
  • The Cougs and Huskies have been UNDER in 6 of their last 9 meetings.

Last Time Out:

The Huskies could not stop UCLA’s Johnny Juzang as he had a career high 32 points in Washington’s narrow 64-61 loss to the Bruins on Saturday. Marcus Tsohonis led the Huskies with 22 points off the bench, including 6 threes in the second half.

Washington State fell to Pac-12 leading USC, 76-65. Like the Huskies, the Cougars could not control a high volume scorer as Trojans freshman guard Tajh Eaddy scored 29. Dishon Jackson lead the Cougs with 18 points while Isaac Bonton netted 17.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Washington +7½ (-105) +270 O 142½ (-110)
Washington State -7½ (-115) -325 U 142½ (-110)

Advantage, Washington:

Washington Huskies LogoSolid play making from point guard Quade Green will be a key as the Huskies as both teams are near the bottom of the Pac-12 in almost all statistical categories. Green has 66 assists vs. 66 turnovers and is the Huskies’ leading scorer at 15.9 points per game. He also gets to the line the most on the team as he has made 84.1 percent of his free throws.

Key Huskies Stat:

Washington’s opponents scored 77 points per game and they shoot at a 45.3 percent clip.  The Huskies have to be accountable for Wazzu’s guards in Isaac Bonton (18.4 ppg) and Noah Williams, (12.5 ppg) who lead the Cougars in scoring. The Huskies did hold both LA schools under 70 points over the weekend, which is a building block.

X-Factor:

The Huskies want to bottle Marcus Tsohonis’ scoring output with the 22 points in 23 minutes vs. UCLA. His six threes joined Erik Stevenson as the only Huskies to achieve that number this season. The idea is if someone gets hot, the Huskies need to ride that person as they struggle so much on offense.

Advantage, Washington State:

Washington State Cougars LogoThe Cougars struggle as much on the offensive side as Washington; however, they do defend and rebounds. Opponents shoot only 40.8 percent from the floor and they also only make 31.3 percent of their shots against Kyle Smith’s defense. The last four opponents have shot 46.3 from the floor, combined.

Key Cougars Stat:

Isaac Boynton has been unstoppable in his last six games as he has scored over 20 points in four of the last six games and has averaged 19.5 points per game in Pac-12 play. He scored 25 points and made 10 of 17 shots in the previous meeting with the Huskies.

X-Factor:

Sophomore DJ  Rodman has picked his game up since returning from injury as he hit 11 of 19 shots in his last four games. On the year, he has made 43.6 percent of his threes, 17-of-39, from long range.

Winner: Washington State (-7½) 73, Washington 63
Money Line: Wazzu -325
O/U: Take UNDER 142½

The Bets
Washington State -7½
-115
Wazzu
-325
U 142½
-110
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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.