Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
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Arizona vs. Washington State - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona vs. Washington State - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Washington Huskies found out it isn't always easy to win on the road, though they had done so before now. Senior forward Noah Dickerson (12.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg) can be a force on the glass while senior guard David Crisp (12.2 ppg) led the Huskies with 17 points in that win at Arizona. CJ Elleby almost had a triple-double for Washington State in that one with 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

If the Sun Devils want to make a name for themselves in the Pac-12, they will need to see more nights like this on a consistent basis.

Arizona State has fallen to 71st in KenPom and the metrics show that an at-large bid is much farther from their grasp than expected a few months earlier. Washington State had 28 points in the paint and 20 points off turnovers in the win over the Sun Devils on Thursday.

Washington struggled mightily from the three-point line. Ellerby are multi-dimensional players who can operate inside and be effective with their shot-making and passing. Expect improved defense from both teams, and the Sun Devils to make just enough shots to win at home. He played 26 minutes and finished with 10 points.

Romello White missed the second half of Thursday's game with a leg injury, but showed no ill effects against Washington, scoring 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting. While Hurley did call the move "childish" in retrospect, the message clearly made its mark as the team had its best shooting percentage against a Pac-12 opponent since February 2, 2013. Teammate Brandon Randolph was 1-for-6 shooting. Jaylen Nowell contributed 15 points, going five of thirteen including three of six behind the arc.

And Nahziah Carter was scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting in 15 minutes off the bench.

Washington shot 36.8 percent from the field - its second lowest of the season. He didn't start the first half, but was on the floor for the beginning of the second. "For us to shoot (61) for the game and not take a shot before that's pretty good". The long week off should help rejuvenate an ailing Huskies team.

Washington hasn't lost consecutive games this season, but those early defeats were in the nonconference season and followed by very winnable games against mid-majors. In a win over rival Arizona last week, sophomore guard Remy Martin (13.1 ppg) put up 31 points and he's certainly someone who can catch fire. Starter Hameir Wright didn't play.

But the Huskies will have their hands full in the next game against a Cougars team that did what UW was unable to do and won two games in Arizona.

Washington State forward Robert Franks gestures after scoring a basket against Arizona during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz.

Obviously, the Huskies will need to contain Franks who did not play in their first meeting - an 85-67 UW win on January 5 at Alaska Airlines Arena.

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