Arizona State vs Washington Odds
Arizona State and Washington will meet for the second time this season.
The Sun Devils were able to prevail in the first matchup between these two due to an 18-point performance from senior forward Devan Cambridge. In the four games since, Arizona State is 2-2, dropping its two most recent outings to UCLA and USC.
On the other side, Washington rattled off three straight wins after losing to the Sun Devils and getting dominated by Utah.
To find out if this matchup will play out any differently, let’s take a look at the odds and make a prediction for Arizona State vs. Washington.
Arizona State has a major opportunity to keep its standing in the Pac 12 hierarchy. The Sun Devils sit in a tie for second place with both Arizona and USC.
Overall, the Sun Devils have had a successful season, as they started out winning 11 of their first 12 games. Since then, three of Arizona State’s four losses have come to teams ranked inside the top 50.
This level of success can be attributed to a Sun Devils defense that has shown an incredible ability to defend the rim.
Arizona State ranks 20th nationally in block percentage at 14.4%. This has resulted in the Sun Devils allowing their opponents to shoot just 43.1% from 2-point range, the ninth-lowest rate in the country.
This rim protection can be attributed to the play of Warren Washington, who has been a catalyst for Arizona State on both ends of the floor.
Offensively, Warren has boasted an effective field goal percentage of 63% (42nd nationally) due to his ability to create high-percentage interior looks.
On the other end, Warren has the 28th-highest block percentage in the country at 8.8%.
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Warren Washington erupted for 18 points on 90% as the Sun Devils beat the Cougars.
Arizona State ranks No. 1 in the country in SQ points at the rim, where they repeatedly found good looks. pic.twitter.com/Kib9RVdToH
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Warren’s effectiveness is important to note against a Washington team allowing 55.2% of its points on the interior.
Look for Warren to have another great performance against a Washington team showing a vulnerability on the interior.
Although Washington sits at 12-9 on the year, there has been little to get excited about for Mike Hopkins and the Huskies.
Only three of Washington’s 12 wins have come against teams inside the top 100, with two of those occurring in late November and early December.
This lack of quality wins is due to the Huskies being unable to find offensive consistency. The Huskies rank outside the top 235 in effective field goal percentage, turnover percentage, 3-point percentage and block percentage.
All of these factors have resulted in the Huskies scoring just 69.9 points per game.
I do not expect the Huskies to find a new offensive identity against an Arizona State defense that ranks inside the top 20 in effective field goal percentage, 2-point percentage and block percentage.
Overall, the Huskies’ offense goes as far as senior forward Keion Brooks will take it. The Kentucky transfer is averaging 17.3 points per game, which is the highest on the team by a full 7.3 points.
On Thursday night, Brooks will be matched up with Devan Cambridge, who has been able to draw an average of four fouls per game while producing a 3.8% block percentage.
With Cambridge limiting Brooks’ overall production, this will be a long night for Washington on the offensive end.
Arizona State vs Washington Betting Pick
This is a great spot to back an Arizona State team chomping at the bit to get a win under its belt after losing at home to both UCLA and USC.
Although these losses are deflating, the Sun Devils have the tools on both ends of the floor to outpace a Washington team struggling against superior competition.
Look for Arizona State to take care of business on the road against a Washington team still looking for an identity.
Pick: Arizona State -2 (Play to -3)
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