Washington State Cougars vs. Washington Huskies Pick – NCAA January 31, 2021

The Washington State Cougars and Washington Huskies meet in a rivalry contest at Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Sunday night. It hasn’t been a picturesque season for Washington, but at least they’ve been showing some signs of life recently. There has been pep in their step. That said, it doesn’t take away from the fact that Washington is a 3-11 basketball team.

The Huskies were getting embarrassed out there, and might have decided to finally stop puking all over themselves. The vast majority of their losses weren’t even close calls. At some point as a team you look at yourself in the mirror and start putting some effort in. We’ve seen some more effort recently, so that’s a plus for the Huskies. Washington is coming off a 83-79 win over the Utah Utes a week ago.

Hopefully they didn’t lose any of their mojo following only their third win of the season. Prior to that game, Washington battled hard against Colorado as well. Colorado is a pretty good team with some talent, and Washington was able to assert themselves and fought hard in a 84-80 loss. If we want to go back even further to January 16, the Huskies competed against UCLA, too.

The Huskies weren’t rewarded with a win for their showing, but a 81-76 loss against the Bruins isn’t anything to feel embarrassed about. Before competing hard in that game, Washington was getting thoroughly dominated against their opponents. They were 95-68 losers against the USC Trojans on January 14, which seems to be when the team elected to begin putting in a better effort.

Washington can put together a win to be proud about this season against their rival on Sunday night. Washington State heads to Seattle with a record of 9-7. They are coming off six straight losses and have little confidence at the moment. In their latest defeat, the Cougars fell by a score of 70-58. The offense has been struggling lately, but a date against a poor Washington defense could wake them up. Head below for our free Washington vs. Washington State pick on January 31, 2021.

Washington State Cougars vs. Washington Huskies NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Washington St. +2.5 (-110)
  • Washington -2.5 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • Washington St. +125
  • Washington -145
Total:

  • Over 141.5 (-110)
  • Under 141.5 (-110)

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Washington State vs. Washington Prediction:

Washington has been getting their offense going after a dreadfully slow start. Their chemistry has been better by tenfold after the Huskies were showing absolutely nothing through December. The Huskies are 274th in the NCAA with 67.4 points scored per game. Ugly, yes, but the offense has been making a lot of strides in the direction. In their last five outings, the Huskies have netted an average of 77.8 points per game. Note that Washington has scored at least 80 points in three straight games, and they’ve posted at least 75 points in five of their previous six showings.

It took Washington a minute to get going, but they’ve been coming around. Defensively there have still been concerns, though. Note that the Huskies have allowed at least 79 points in eight straight games. Through that eight game stretch, they’ve yielded an average of 85.25 points a game. Overall, Washington is 308th with 77.3 points against per game. Washington State has been struggling to score the ball, but they should break out of their slump versus an anemic Huskies’ defense tonight.

Besides UC Riverside, Seattle, and Montana, there hasn’t been a team Washington has played that struggled to score points on them. Throughout the season, the Cougars have held up well defensively, but that’s a different story on road trips. They’re 89th in the NCAA with 66.8 points against per game. However, head on the road, and Washington State is giving up 76.5 points per game. Eight of their previous nine showings on the road have soared OVER the total. There should be just enough for 145 to 150 points scored in Seattle tonight.

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