Washington State vs Cal Prediction: Live Odds, Stats, History & Picks – Wednesday, March 8, 2023

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The No. 5 seed Washington State Cougars (16-15, 11-9 Pac-12) will hit the court in the Pac-12 Tournament against the No. 12 seed California Golden Bears (3-28, 2-18 Pac-12). The teams will square off Wednesday at 5:30 PM live on Pac-12 Network.

The Cougars face the Golden Bears in a game that Washington State is currently a substantial favorite by 12.5 points. The over/under is 127 points for the matchup.

Washington State vs. Cal Odds

Point Spread for Washington State vs. Cal

The spread for this matchup is set at 12.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Washington State as the favorite.

Washington State vs. Cal Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Washington State has -1017 odds to pick up the win, while Cal is listed at +650 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 127 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
  • Game Time: 5:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: Pac-12 Network
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Arena: T-Mobile Arena

Washington State vs. Cal Betting Trends

Washington State has played 31 games, with 16 wins against the spread. The Cougars have been victorious in 14, or 77.8%, of the 18 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Washington State’s games this year have hit the over on 12 of 31 set point totals.

In Cal’s 31 games this year, it has 13 wins against the spread. The Golden Bears have won 8.3% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (2-22). Cal’s games this season have eclipsed the over/under 15 times in 31 opportunities (48.4%).

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Washington State vs. Cal Key Players to Watch

Washington State

Mouhamed Gueye is tops on the Cougars at 8.6 rebounds per game, while also putting up 1.9 assists and 14.5 points. TJ Bamba paces the Cougars at 15.7 points per contest, while also posting 1.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds. Justin Powell is tops on the Cougars at 2.9 assists per game, while also posting 3.8 rebounds and 10.5 points. DJ Rodman is averaging 9.1 points, 1.3 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game.

Cal

Lars Thiemann tops the Golden Bears in scoring (9.5 points per game) and rebounding (5.5), and averages 0.6 assists. He also averages 0.5 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Joel Brown is the Golden Bears’ top assist man (3.1 per game), and he averages 6.9 points and 3.2 rebounds. Kuany Kuany gets the Golden Bears 9.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. He also delivers 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. Grant Newell is putting up 8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game, making 39.7% of his shots from the field.

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What you need to know about the Washington State Cougars

Washington State has compiled an 11-9-0 ATS record in conference action so far this year. Offensively, the Cougars are averaging 68.1 points per game (277th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing 65.4 points per contest at the other end of the court (48th-ranked). This year, Washington State is averaging 32.1 rebounds per game (155th-ranked in college basketball) and allowing 29.7 rebounds per contest (94th-ranked).

Washington State is making 8.9 treys per game (38th-ranked in college basketball). It sports a 36.5% shooting percentage (62nd-ranked) from three-point land. The Cougars are allowing opponents to put up a 32.3% three-point percentage this year (90th-ranked in college basketball), but they’ve thrived by allowing just 5.7 treys per contest (21st-best).

The Cougars have a 6-4 record against the spread while going 7-3 overall over their last 10 contests. Five of Washington State’s past 10 outings have hit the over. Washington State has seen an uptick in scoring lately, putting up 68.2 points per game in its last 10 contests, 0.1 points more than the 68.1 it has scored this year. Washington State’s points-allowed average over its last 10 games (65.9) is 0.5 more points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (65.4).

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What you need to know about the California Golden Bears

Cal’s conference games have gone over the point total 10 out of 20 times this season. In 2022-23, the Golden Bears are -4-worst in the nation offensively (58.5 points scored per game) and 182nd on defense (70.1 points allowed). On the boards, Cal is fifth-worst in the nation in rebounds (27.7 per game). It is 267th in rebounds conceded (32.3 per game).

In 2022-23 Cal is sixth-worst in the nation in 3-point makes (4.9 per game) and 12th-worst in 3-point percentage (30%). Giving up 7 3-pointers per game and conceding 33.2% from downtown, the Golden Bears are 153rd and 139th in the country, respectively, in those categories.

The Golden Bears are 5-5 against the spread and 0-10 overall in their past 10 contests. Five of Cal’s last 10 contests have hit the over. In its last 10 games, Cal is putting up 54.9 points per game, 3.6 fewer points than its season average (58.5). While the Golden Bears are surrendering 70.1 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse in their previous 10 games, allowing 73.1 points per contest.

Washington State vs. Cal Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this contest is Washington State, and we predict that Washington State will cover the spread (Washington State -12.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 127 points.

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How to bet Washington State vs. Cal

You can bet on Washington State vs. Cal at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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