Washington State vs. UCLA Odds & Picks 3/10/22

by | Mar 10, 2022 | cbb

Washington State Cougars (19-13 SU, 13-19-0 ATS) vs. UCLA Bruins (23-6 SU, 15-13-1 ATS)
When: Thursday March 10 2022, 9:00 PM PM (ET)
Where: T-Mobile Arena

Point Spread: Washington State +7/UCLA -7
Total: 132.5
Money Line: Cougars +250/UCLA -325
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Key Injuries

Washington State
Mouhamed Gueye: Undisclosed (QUESTIONABLE)
Jefferson Koulibaly: Undisclosed (OUT)
Tony Miller: Shoulder (OUT)
Myles Rice: Redshirt (OUT)

UCLA
Mac Etienne: Knee (OUT)

Recent Form

The Washington State Cougars come into this matchup with an overall record of 19-13. On the season, the Cougars have performed well in their 21 conference games, posting a record of 12-9. This mark is good for 5th in the Pac 12. In addition to playing well in the Pac 12, Washington State has performed well on the road on neutral sites. Through 13 games, the Cougars are 7-6 away from home. Heading into this matchup, the Cougars are looking to stay hot as they try to add on to their current 4 game win streak.

The UCLA Bruins get set to host the Cougars with an overall record of 23-6. On the season, the Bruins have performed well in their 20 conference games, posting a record of 15-5. This mark is good for 2nd in the Pac 12. Heading into this matchup, the Bruins will be looking to pick up their fourth straight victory.

For the season, the Washington State Cougars are averaging 72.1 points per game, good for a rank of 124th in the NCAA. When playing on the road, the Cougars’ scoring average drops to 72 points per contest. The team’s defensive performance also takes a hit when playing away from home, giving up an additional 2.0 points per game. On the other side, the UCLA Bruins are the 32nd ranked scoring offense, averaging 76.7 points per game while giving up an average of 64.3

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Efficiency Outlook

UCLA enters this matchup vs Washington State, having played 25 games as the more efficient offense and defensive team. In these contests, they have posted a record of 21-4. Through 29 games, the Bruins are averaging 76.0 points per 70.0 possessions (NCAA Average), compared to 76.0 for the Bruins. In these situations, UCLA has an average scoring margin of 15.0 points. On the other side, the Cougars are 1-4 as the inferior team on both ends of the court. In these 3 instances, they hold an average scoring margin of -5.0.

The Cougars come into this game with 37.8% of their overall scoring coming from made three-point shots. This figure places them above the NCAA average. Compared to Washington State, three-point shooting is not a key part of their game plan as just 27.4% of their scoring comes from outside. In terms of efficiency, UCLA has been the more efficient team, connecting at a rate of 35.2%, compared to Washington State at 34.2%.

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington State’s last 5 games when playing UCLA
  • Washington State is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing UCLA
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of UCLA’s last 5 games when playing Washington State
  • UCLA is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Washington State

Joe’s Pick Against the Spread

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