The 9th-seeded Colorado Buffaloes (16-15, 8-12 Pac-12) battle the 8th-seeded Washington Huskies (16-15, 8-12) in the 1st round of the Pac-12 Tournament. Tip from T-Mobile Arena is set for 3 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Colorado vs. Washington odds, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
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Washington beat Colorado in both regular-season battles, winning 73-63 at home on Dec. 4 and 75-72 on the road on Jan. 19. The Huskies covered both games as underdogs as the total was 1-1 O/U.
The Huskies covered the spread in 6 of their last 8 games to end the season but were just 3-5 straight up in that span. They ended the regular season 17-13-1 ATS and 19-12 O/U.
The Buffaloes wrapped up regular-season play 13-17-1 ATS and 13-18 O/U. Colorado was 4-4 over its last 8 games, going 5-3 against the spread in that span. The Buffs rank 70th in the nation with 66.3 points allowed per game.
Colorado vs. Washington odds
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- Moneyline (ML): Colorado -140 (bet $140 to win $100) | Washington +120 (bet $100 to win $120)
- Against the spread (ATS): Colorado -2.5 (-110) | Washington +2.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 138.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
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Colorado vs. Washington picks and predictions
Colorado 70, Washington 64
Washington (+120) won both battles in the regular season but didn’t finish the season on a high note, losing 6 of its last 9, so despite the plus-money odds it’s a pass for me. Similarly, Colorado (-140) is a little more expensive than I’d like as a straight wager when it should win by margin.
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BET COLORADO -2.5 (-110).
The Buffaloes ended the season on a better note than the Huskies did and showed some competence against top-tier conference opponents, losing by 4 points to UCLA at home and by 10 points to Arizona on the road. They beat Arizona State on the road and Utah in their last 5 games as well.
Washington lost to both Stanford and Washington State down the stretch with the latter being a 9-point home loss. It scored 65 or fewer points in 3 of its last 6 games.
Colorado shot just 16% when these teams last met, so expect some improvement there. Washington shot 54% from the field and 45% from deep, both far above season averages.
Expect regression from the Huskies and the Buffs to cover. Back COLORADO -2.5 (-110).
LEAN UNDER 138.5 (-105).
Washington has gone Under in 5 of its last 10 games. It averages the 240th-most points per game (69.2). It also ranks outside the top 250 in field goal percentage (43.12%, 261st) and 3-point field goal percentage (31.47%, 311th). With Colorado’s strength being defense, the Huskies may struggle to score.
Colorado is also a weak offensive team and has gone Under in 5 of its last 6 games. These teams are a combined 17-23 O/U in conference games. Take the UNDER 138.5 (-105).
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