Originally written January 14, 2012 on NorthWest Sports Beat:
College Basketball Betting – Huskies, Cougars Clash For Bragging Rights

Matchups between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators in the NHL take on extra meaning because the two are provincial rivals, and in college hoops, a pair of state rivals will do battle at Washington, where the Huskies will host Washington State, who have struggled to start the Pac-12 portion of their schedule.

Washington State Washington Odds – Sunday, 7:00 PM ET

The Cougars (9-7, 1-3 Pac-12) have now dropped two in a row on the road after a 71-60 loss at Colorado, and a BetOnline.com review of the game would point to their terrible shooting percentage as the Cougars shot 36.5% from the field, which is well under their average of 47.5% (44th in the country). Reggie Moore came off the bench to score 14 points while another sub, Faisal Aden, had 12 points for the Cougars, who aren’t high in the Pac-12 pecking order according to those that work with price per head services. They’ll need a big game from leading scorer Brock Matum, who tied his career high with 27 points against Utah and then came out flat against Colorado, going 2-of-10 from the field before he fouled out with nine points in 35 minutes.

The Huskies (10-6, 3-1 Pac-12) have won five of their last six after a 91-83 victory over Seattle, and they got another massive performance from C.J. Wilcox off the bench; this time, to the tune of 25 points, hitting nine of his 11 free-throw attempts and players that use bookie software know that you have to get production off the bench. Tony Wroten was next with 24 points for the Huskies, who went to the foul line 59 times and hit 37 of those shots, so that is something that they have to work on because this game shouldn’t have been close.

College basketball betting odds should favor Washington in your wagering book, and even though they’re only 5-5 SU and ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Cougars, they have swept four of the last six regular-season series. Washington State has to slow the game down because there is no way they’ll be able to keep up with Washington in a track meet. Washington will look to push the ball as much as possible and force the Cougars to play above their speed, which will force them into making mistakes and fuel the Washington fast break. They also have an ace in the hole in Wilcox, who is a glorified sixth man who plays starter minutes and he may be the most talented player on either team. The Huskies will wear their state rivals down and cruise to victory, so take Washington to cover the college basketball betting spread.

Giants shut out Pirates, advance to NLDS

Cowboys' Spillman accused of rape at team hotel

Report: Patriots benched WR for mouthing off to coach

Jose Bautista busts up reporter over Twitter

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Larry Donnell benches himself in fantasy, loses because of it


Josh Gordon says NFL’s drug policy is harrassment

Steve Smith: Ron Rivera hid in his office after cutting me

Rondo hoping for an opening night return from broken hand

Jon Gruden on Raiders job: 'I'm not thinking about coaching'

Tom Brady defends not congratulating Garoppolo on TD

Ohio State student who ran on field loses full scholarship

ESPN reporter announces she has breast cancer

Byron Scott explains why Kobe wouldn't make a good coach

Hibbert texts Duncan for advice on being like Spurs

Belichick repeats moving 'on to Cincinnati' during presser

Donald Sterling’s wife called the cops on V. Stiviano

WATCH: Mayweather shocked someone doesn’t know who he is

Who is the new face of MLB?

NHL 15 predicts the LA Kings win the Cup again

J.J. Watt buys his mom a new car for her birthday

Ranking the NFL coaches already sitting on the hot seat

WATCH: Smith tells Panthers to go home and mow his lawn

The best games on the NFL slate in Week 5

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Cowboys player accused of rape

Scott: Kobe would not be a good coach

Pats WR benched for mouthing off?

Sammy Watkins calls out EJ Manuel

Donnell benches himself in fantasy and loses

Gordon: Drug policy is harrassment

Who is the new face of baseball?

Steve Smith blasts Panthers coach, GM

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

All-Disappointment Team in MLB

Ryan Lochte: Phelps made dumb decision

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.