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Colorado NCAAB Best Bet to Beat Washington State

As we get closer to the end of some of the top conference tournaments, the games just keep getting better and better. Friday’s semifinal matchup between second-seeded Washington State and third-seeded Colorado in the Pac-12 tournament should be one of those games and should be one of your NCAAB picks today. Both teams are firmly in the Big Dance, but they’re both looking to advance in this tourney and improve their seeding for next week.

Colorado (23-9, 13-7) finished a game behind Washington State in the Pac-12 regular-season standings, but the Buffaloes are hot, winning seven in a row, including a 14-point win over Utah in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Cougars (24-8, 14-6) have stumbled a bit of late, dropping two of their final four regular-season games, but they cruised past Stanford on Thursday night. This should be a classic battle in the conference’s final tournament, with the NCAAB odds predicting a tight finish.

Colorado NCAAB Best Bet to Beat Washington State
Colorado NCAAB Best Bet to Beat Washington State

Washington State vs Colorado Game Information

  • Game: Washington State (24-8, 14-6 Pac-12) vs Colorado (23-9, 13-7)
  • Date/Time: Friday, March 15, 10:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Washington State vs Colorado Live Stream: TBS.com


These teams split their two-game season series, with the home team winning each time. Despite its lower seeding, Colorado has been installed as the favorite in this one, giving two points to Washington State. The Las Vegas odds have the over/under at 138½ points.


Washington State vs Colorado Odds and Spreads

  • Washington State is 3-2 ATS on a neutral floor this season.
  • Colorado is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games, all straight-up victories.
  • The Cougars are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games played on a Friday.
  • The under is 6-4 in the last 10 meetings between these teams.
  • The over has hit in 12 of Colorado’s last 18 contests.
  • The Buffaloes are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games against the Cougars.
  • Washington State is 10-5 straight-up in its last 15 games played in March.
  • The under is 4-0 in Colorado’s four games played on a neutral court this season.


Washington State vs Colorado Over/Under Pick: Over 138 ½

These two teams can really clamp down on an opponent, as shown by their quarterfinal wins, with Colorado holding Utah to 58 points and Washington State limiting Stanford to 62. Despite that, both matchups between these teams in the regular season went over the current over/under of 138½ points for this game.

Colorado junior guard KJ Simpson has been one of the better scorers in the Pac-12 all season, averaging 19.6 points along with 5.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists. He’s really upped his scoring against Washington State this season, averaging 29.5 points in the two meetings. He should keep that going in this one in a high-scoring game that is an NCAAB best bet to hit the over.

Washington State vs Colorado ATS Pick: Colorado -2

The two matchups between these teams in the regular season were polar opposites, with the home team winning by at least seven in each one. Colorado has the hotter team right now, and likely more reason to need to get wins to impress the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, as some have the Buffaloes right on the bubble.

If Washington State is going to pick up this victory, it will need a solid effort from leading scorer and rebounder Isaac Jones (15.4 points, 7.5 rebounds). He shot 70.6% from the floor in two games against the Buffaloes in the regular season. This one will be tight throughout, but your betting online should include taking the Buffaloes to win and cover.

Washington State vs Colorado Team Prop Pick: Colorado Over 70½ (-115)

Colorado has had no trouble putting points on the board this season, averaging 80.3 points heading into Friday’s action. During the team’s current seven-game winning streak, it has scored at least 72 points in every contest, with its last game under 71 points coming in its last loss. The Buffaloes should easily eclipse the 71-point barrier in this one, so include their team over among your college basketball picks for Friday.


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Washington State vs Colorado Score Prediction

Colorado 82, Washington State 75



Questions of the Day

Who won when these teams played in the regular season?

The home team won each time these two teams played in the regular season, with Colorado winning 74-67 in December and Washington State coming out on top 78-69 in January.

Who does the winner of this game face next?

The winner of this contest advances to the Pac-12 tournament title game, where it will face either Arizona or Oregon.


The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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