Washington State vs. California 3/9/22 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 03/08/2022 at 7:40 PM ET

The California Golden Bears play the Washington State Cougars on Wednesday in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cal finished the regular season 12-19 overall and 5-15 in Pac-12 play. The Golden Bears were defeated by Arizona 89-61 in the final game of the regular season last Saturday. Cal lost each of its last two and four out of the final six.

Jordan Shepherd is the leading scorer for Cal with an average of 14.5 points per game while Grant Anticevich is the leading rebounder with an average of 6.7 rebounds per game and Joel Brown is the leader in assists with an average of 3.3 assists per game. California is scoring an average of 63.2 points per game while shooting 42.4% overall and 31.3% from three-point territory.

Washington State finished the regular season 18-13 overall and 11-9 in Pac-12 play. The Cougars defeated the Oregon Ducks last Saturday 94-74. Washington State made 16 baskets from 3-point territory and were led in scoring by Noah Williams with 19 points. Washington State has won each of its last three and four out of the last five.

Michael Flowers is leading Washington State in scoring and assists with averages of 14.2 points and 3.4 assists per game, while Efe Abogidi is the leading rebounder with an average of 5.6 rebounds per game. Washington State has three players averaging double-figures in scoring and as a team is scoring an average of 72.3 points per game. The Cougars are shooting 41.1% overall and 34.3% from 3-point territory.

Washington State was 2-0 straight up and 0-2 against the spread in two meetings this season with Cal. That trend will continue on Wednesday as the Cougars will pick up a victory but fall short covering the nut. Washington State has failed to cover the number in four of its last five, while Cal has covered the nut in five of its last eight. California has a solid defense that is holding opponents to an average of 66.1 points per game. Final Score Prediction, Washington State Cougars win but fall short ATS 68-63.

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