Arizona State vs. Washington College Basketball Odds, Picks, Predictions: Back the Huskies in Pac-12 Clash? (Thursday, February 10)

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  • The Arizona Sun Devils hit the road to take on the Washington Huskies on Thursday evening.
  • The Sun Devils have struggled mightily this season but are coming off a huge win over the third-ranked UCLA Bruins.
  • Keg breaks down the game below and shares his top betting pick.

Arizona State vs. Washington Odds

Thursday, Feb. 10
11 p.m. ET
Arizona State Odds
-110o / -110u
Washington Odds
-110o / -110u
Odds via PointsBet. Get up-to-the-minute college basketball odds here.

Arizona State will hit the road again after a three-game homestand during which it went 1-2.

The Sun Devils' one win during that stretch was an impressive one, though, as they took down UCLA in triple overtime, 87-84. The win was just Arizona States' third conference win of the season.

There have been bright spots for Bobby Hurley's squad, but for the most part, the season has been something of a letdown.

ASU will take on Washington, which hasn't been severely underwhelming but has not excelled this season. The Huskies are 12-9 and just 7-4 in conference, and they have been able to maintain an undefeated conference record at home.

But when Washington loses, it loses big. Its four conference losses have come by an average of 19 points per game. The Huskies have also not lost in conference play to a team ranked worse than 99th, per KenPom. Arizona State ranks 133rd.

Can Washington keep its home winning streak alive against the Sun Devils?

Arizona State Sun Devils

To say the Sun Devils offense has been underwhelming would be putting it lightly. Arizona State ranks 321st nationally in scoring, averaging just 64.2 points per game. That also puts it second-to-last in the Pac-12 ahead of only Cal.

DJ Horne is one of the few bright spots in the offense, as he leads the seam averaging 13.1 points per game.

Kimani Lawrence has been an important piece for the Sun Devils on both ends of the court. Lawrence is contributing 10.2 points while also leading the team with 7.1 rebounds per contest.

As a team, the Sun Devils are still one of the worst shooting teams in the country. Arizona State is outside the top 300 in effective field goal percentage as well as both 2- and 3-point shooting. It's not any better from the charity stripe either, as it makes just 67.4% of its attempts to rank 299th in Division I and, surprisingly, ninth in the Pac-12.

And with an offense that's as bad as they've been, it's no surprise the Sun Devils rely heavily on their defense. But even their defense hasn't been amazing. They are 10th in the Pac-12 in scoring defense, allowing opposing teams to put up 69.95 points per game.

They have, however, limited teams to just 40.6% shooting from the floor and 32.9% from outside the arc.

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Washington Huskies

I think the best way to describe Washington would be "better than Arizona State," as that's one of the few teams it's better than when looking at what it's done this season.

Washington averages 70.1 points per game. While the Huskies aren't as bad as the Sun Devils' -5.76 scoring margin, they are posting a negative scoring margin at -1.71.

One thing the Huskies have that Arizona State doesn't is the Pac-12's leading. Terrell Brown Jr. leads the conference and is sixth in the NCAA with 22 points per game. He also leads the team in both assist and steals.

In his last game, Brown went off for 30 points, six assists and seven rebounds. He is the Huskies' offense, and his performance alone is a deciding factor in whether or not the Huskies win or lose a game.

On defense, Washington is actually worse than Arizona State when it comes to scoring, giving up 71.8 points per game. It allows opposing teams to shoot 44.1% from the floor and 33.6% from 3.

The good news for the Huskies is Arizona State is averaging well below those numbers. If ASU could post those numbers, it would be one of its best performances of the season. And I don't see that happening here.

Arizona State vs. Washington Betting Pick

It's been a tough year for Arizona State, but it has pulled off some impressive wins.

As far as talent goes, the Sun Devils are firmly toward the bottom of the Pac-12, but again, they have pulled off some big wins against teams like Oregon and UCLA — and even beating Grand Canyon was impressive for this team.

Washington is not a team the Sun Devils are overmatched against when it comes to talent. Both teams actually match up very closely on paper. However, Washington has been getting it done at home all season.

The Huskies have yet to lose a home game and have played some stout competition of late. Arizona State, meanwhile, has lost 11 of its 13 road games this season, and I cannot trust it here on the road.

After opening as a 2-point favorite, the Huskies had dropped down to -1 but are now on their way back up to -1.5 or -2 at some shops.

I would back the Huskies as high as a 3.5-point favorite at home.

Pick: Washington -3.5 or better

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