CBB Pick 2/22/24:Can Washington State Stun Arizona Again?

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Tomorrow night, college basketball fans are in for a thriller as the #21 Washington State Cougars travel to Tucson to challenge the #4 Arizona Wildcats at the McKale Center. This Pac-12 clash has a revenge factor, as Washington State handed Arizona a rare 73-70 defeat earlier this season.

Game Details

  • Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024
  • Time: 11:00 PM ET
  • TV: Fox Sports 1
  • Where: Tucson, Arizona
  • Venue: McKale Center


Momentum on Both Sides

Both teams enter this matchup on fire. Arizona boasts a 20-5 record bolstered by a dominant 6-game win streak. Washington State, with a record of 20-6, has an impressive 7-game win streak of their own and has taken 10 out of their last 11.

Tale of the Tape

This is a battle for Pac-12 supremacy, with Arizona (11-3) leading the conference and Washington State (11-4) hot on their heels in second. Arizona is undefeated at home (13-0) but Washington State’s 5-3 road record suggests they won’t be intimidated.

Key Stats

  • Arizona ranks second nationally in rebounding (40.1 RPG) and leads the nation in scoring along with Alabama at 90.7 PPG. They are 17-8 against the spread this year.
  • Washington State shocked Arizona earlier this season, holding them to a season-low 34.7% shooting.
  • Arizona will need to contain Myles Rice, WSU’s dynamic freshman point guard averaging 15.9 PPG.

The Line

Arizona is favored by 11.5 with a total of 150.5 at MyBookie Sportsbook.

Get Ready for Fireworks

This game has everything: a rematch, a conference title race, and two red-hot teams. Buckle up for a high-scoring, intense battle that could shake up the Pac-12 standings!

Our Pick

Our model, when run using full season data predicts a 20 point Arizona win. However when using only data from the last 7 games the margin shrinks to 5. While we could certainly make a case for Arizona in this payback game laying the big price, we’re going to grab the points. 20-6 isn’t an accident. Washington State can play.

Washington State +12

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