Washington State vs. Cal Pac-12 Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Wednesday, March 8, 2023
The No. 5 seed Washington State Cougars (16-15, 11-9 Pac-12) and the No. 12 seed California Golden Bears (3-28, 2-18 Pac-12) play in the Pac-12 Tournament Wednesday at T-Mobile Arena, tipping off at 5:30 PM on Pac-12 Network. Washington State is favored by 12.5 points. Both teams are looking to take another step toward a conference title and an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The matchup has an over/under of 127 points.
Washington State vs. Cal Odds
- Washington State odds to win: -1017
- Cal odds to win: +650
- Spread: Washington State (-12.5)
- Total: 127
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
- Time: 5:30 PM ET
- TV: Pac-12 Network
- Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
- Venue: T-Mobile Arena
Who Will Win Washington State vs. Cal?
Washington State and Cal Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
Washington State has a 3-0 record against the spread in games it was favored by 12.5 points or more this season.
In games this year in which it was an underdog by 12.5 points or more, Cal has a 4-5 record against the spread.
The Cougars and the Golden Bears combine to average 0.4 fewer points per game than the over/under of 127 set for this game.
Washington State and Cal have seen its opponents average a combined 8.5 more points per game than the point total of 127 set in this game.
The average over/under Washington State has had in its games this year is 6.5 more points than this particular game’s point total.
The average point total for the Golden Bears this season is 1.6 points higher than this game’s over/under.
So far this season, the Cougars have compiled a 16-15-0 record against the spread.
The Golden Bears are 13-18-0 against the spread this year.
Washington State Stats & Insights
Washington State outscores opponents by 2.7 points per game (scoring 68.1 per game to rank 277th in college basketball while allowing 65.4 per outing to rank 48th in college basketball) and has a +84 scoring differential overall.
The 32.1 rebounds per game Washington State averages rank 155th in college basketball, and are 2.4 more than the 29.7 its opponents grab per outing.
The Cougars hit 3.2 more threes per contest than the opposition, 8.9 (38th in college basketball) compared to their opponents’ 5.7.
Washington State ranks 179th in college basketball with 93.9 points scored per 100 possessions, and 135th in college basketball defensively with 90.2 points conceded per 100 possessions.
The Cougars put up 70.9 points per game in home games, compared to 66.1 points per game in away games, a difference of 4.8 points per contest.
Cal Stats & Insights
Cal puts up 58.5 points per game (363rd in college basketball) while allowing 70.1 per outing (182nd in college basketball). It has a -360 scoring differential and has been outscored by 11.6 points per game.
Cal loses the rebound battle by 4.6 boards on average. It records 27.7 rebounds per game, 354th in college basketball, while its opponents grab 32.3.
Cal knocks down 4.9 three-pointers per game (353rd in college basketball), 2.1 fewer than its opponents. It is shooting 30% from beyond the arc (347th in college basketball) and its opponents are shooting 33.2%.
Cal’s 81.3 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 358th in college basketball, and the 97.5 points it concedes per 100 possessions rank 326th in college basketball.
In 2022-23 the Golden Bears are scoring 3.9 more points per game at home (60.5) than away (56.6).
Washington State Key Players to Watch
The scoring leader for the Cougars this season is TJ Bamba, who averages 15.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game.
Mouhamed Gueye leads Washington State in rebounding, averaging 8.6 per game, while Justin Powell leads the team in assists, distributing an average of 2.9 in each contest.
Powell leads the Cougars in three-point shooting, making an average of 2.3 shots per game from beyond the arc.
The Washington State steals leader is Bamba, who averages 0.9 takeaways per game, while its blocks leader is Gueye, who compiles 0.8 rejections per contest.
Cal Key Players to Watch
The Golden Bears’ leader in scoring and rebounding is Lars Thiemann with 9.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Cal’s assist leader is Joel Brown with 3.1 per game. He also records 6.9 points per game and grabs 3.2 rebounds per game.
Sam Alajiki is the top scorer from the three-point line for the Golden Bears, hitting 1.2 threes per game.
Cal’s leader in steals is Brown (one per game), and its leader in blocks is ND Okafor (0.7 per game).
Washington State vs. Cal Prediction
- Pick ATS:
- Pick OU:
Washington State 72, Cal 59
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