Colorado vs Washington State Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 22 (Expect a Defensive Battle in Boulder)

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Colorado vs Washington State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Colorado vs Washington State prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/David Zalubowski
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Colorado vs Washington State Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • Colorado (11-9, 3-6 Pac-12) vs. Washington State (9-11, 4-5 Pac-12)
  • Date: Sunday, January 22, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 PM ET
  • Venue: CU Events Center -- Boulder, Colorado

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Sunday with an exciting matchup between the Washington State Cougars and Colorado Buffaloes. Washington State is coming off a 77-63 loss to Utah on Thursday. Mouhamed Gueye racked up 20 points, but the Cougars shot only 34.4% overall.

Meanwhile, Colorado fell short in a 75-72 loss to Washington on Thursday and has lost three straight games in Pac-12 play. The Buffaloes only shot 15.8% from three-point range (3-of-19) and allowed their opponent to shoot 54.0% from the floor. Julian Hammond III scored 18 points off the bench.

Colorado vs Washington State Odds & Spread

Colorado enters this contest as notable home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 6 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 136.5 points, which is about average compared to Sunday's projected totals.

Colorado vs Washington State Betting Trends

  • Colorado has eight wins in 20 games against the spread this year.
  • As 5.5-point favorites or more, the Buffaloes are 3-8 against the spread.
  • Colorado has seen 10 of its 20 games go over the point total.
  • Washington State's record against the spread is 9-11-0.
  • As 5.5-point underdogs or greater, the Cougars are 3-0 against the spread.
  • Out of Washington State's 20 games so far this year, seven have gone over the total.
Colorado Rank Colorado AVG Washington State AVG Washington State Rank
153rd 73 Points Scored 68.7 251st
119th 67.2 Points Allowed 65.5 75th
74th 34.4 Rebounds 32.1 188th
102nd 9.6 Off. Rebounds 9.7 88th
283rd 6.4 3pt Made 8.8 44th
149th 13.7 Assists 11.7 300th
302nd 13.7 Turnovers 11.5 102nd

Colorado vs Washington State Prediction & Pick

Prior to an ugly showing on the road in Utah, Washington State had won three straight Pac-12 games and one of those victories came against a top-10 Arizona team. The Cougars lead the conference in three-point shooting percentage (36.4%) and rank fourth in offensive rebounds per game (11.3).

The only problem for Washington State is that it enters an arena on Sunday in which it has never won. The Cougars are 0-11 all-time at CU Events Center and their average scoring margin in those games sits at -17.9. Asking them to end that streak against a hungry Colorado squad seems like too much.

Colorado is also 16-4 straight up in its last 20 games against Washington State overall. Back the Buffaloes.

Final Score Prediction: Colorado: 69 | Washington State: 64

Colorado vs Washington State Best Bet

This Pac-12 showdown has the potential to be close down the stretch, which should lead to drawn-out possessions and a slower pace of play. It makes the under an intriguing option. After all, the total has hit the under in 13 of Washington State's last 20 games and in four of Colorado's last five games.

The under has also cashed in eight of the last 12 head-to-head matchups between the Cougars and Buffaloes. Colorado ranks 28th in defensive effciency, while Washington State ranks 61st in opponent points per game (65.5). Trust these defenses to step up in a crucial conference contest.

Bet: Under 136.5 Points (-110)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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