NCAA Basketball Picks: Arizona vs. Washington

PJ Laferla

Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:24 PM UTC

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 2:24 PM UTC

If you like Pac-12 basketball action, they you will be treated to a good one tonight, as the 8th ranked Arizona Wildcats go up against the Washington Huskies, but before you make a play on this game, check out our college basketball pick for this matchup and which team we believe is in a better position to beat the odds.

Pac-12 Picks: No. 8 Arizona vs. Washington

The Arizona Wildcats (17-2 SU, 4-3 ATS away) will be on the road this evening as they head to Seattle for a Pac-12 conference matchup against the Washington Huskies (12-8 SU, 5-5 ATS home), who have owned the team from the desert as of late when playing host to them in their own building.

As is stands right now, the current line on the game is showing the road team listed as -5 ½ point favorites, while the over/under total has been set to 139 ½ points.Tip off in this one will come at 9:00 PM EST from the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle, Washington and can be seen live on television, with national broadcast coverage provided by ESPN.

The 8th ranked Wildcats are shooting 45.4% from the floor and scoring an average of 75.5 points per game, and while they are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games played on the road, they have struggled against the Huskies – especially when meeting them in Washington.

In fact, the Huskies have beaten Arizona five consecutive times straight up on their home floor, while also producing a 4-1 ATS record in their last five meetings overall.

Arizona, while generating a nice ATS record on the road, has been a bit of a disappointment for us NCAAB bettors lately, as they are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games overall and versus Pac-12 opponents.

Additionally, the Wildcats are only 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a straight up win.

Defensively, Arizona surrenders 62 points per game, which would explain why they are under in 15 of their last 21 games overall and seven of ten versus Pac-12 opponents.

Meanwhile, Washington comes into this matchup having lost three games in a row straight up, but they are producing for the bettors. The Huskies have covered the point spread in five of their last seven against Pac-12 opponents and four of five following a straight up loss.

The Huskies are also doing a good job against the spread when facing teams with a winning percentage above .600, as they have produced five consecutive point spread covers in that scenario.

Washington has eclipsed the total in four of their last five games played at home when facing a team with a winning record on the road.


The Pick

While Arizona is clearly the better team, it is evident Washington has their number. However, this is the game Arizona finally beats Washington on their home floor, while also covering the cheap -5 ½ point spread. Arizona is our College Basketball pick of the night.

NCAA Basketball Picks: Arizona Wildcats -5 ½
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