- Colorado is a 2.5-point favorite over Washington on Thursday
- Washington is 5-0, 4-1 ATS in its last five home games against the Buffaloes
- Read below for analysis and a betting prediction
Colorado (13-6, 5-4 Pac-12 ) is a 2.5-point road favorite over Washington in a Pac-12 game at 11 pm ET Thursday on the Pac-12 Network. The Buffaloes enter after their best win of the season, an 82-78 victory at Oregon as an 8-point underdog Tuesday.
Washington (9-8,. 4-3 Pac-12) had a three-game winning streak broken in an 84-56 loss at Oregon the last time out Sunday. The Huskies are 5-2 ATS in their last seven.
Colorado vs Washington Odds
|Colorado Buffaloes||-145||-2.5 (-110)||Over 137.5 (-110)|
|Washington Huskies||+120||+2.5 (-110)||Under 137.5 (-110)|
Odds from BetMGM on Jan. 26.
Colorado is a 2.5-point road favorite over Washington, with the total set a 137.5. Colorado’s moneyline price of -145 means the Huskies have a 59.2% implied win probability. At +120 on the moneyline, the Huskies have a 45.5% implied win probability.
The Buffaloes NCAA Tournament odds have faded to +17500, more than twice as long as their opening odds (+8000) but still miles ahead of the Huskies at +50000.
Buffs’ Walker Steps Up
After Colorado lost three of its four top scorers from last season, sophomore forward 6’8 Jabari Walker has stepped into a primary role this season.
Walker leads the Buffaloes in scoring (13.9) and rebounding (8.5), eighth in the league in scoring and third in rebounding. He enters the Washington game in his best stretch of the season — after scoring a season-low four points while playing with foul trouble in a loss at Arizona on Jan. 13, he is averaging 18.9 points and 9.8 rebounds in the most recent four.
Walker had 24 points (9 of 11 shooting) and 14 rebounds when Colorado overcame a 15-point deficit in the upset at Oregon on Tuesday, the Buffaloes’ only Quad 1 win this season. Walker had his ninth double-double, fifth among Power 6 players.
Team leader post Evan Battey (12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds) and guard Keeshawn Barthelemy (11.1 points) are the other double-figure scorers for the Buffs, who are limiting opponents to 41.3 percent shooting and have a plus-6.0 rebound margin, 42nd in Division I.
Guard Eli Parquet, who leads Colorado with 24.9 minutes per game, returned from a leg injury against Oregon after missing two games.
Colorado vs Washington H2H Results
Colorado won the first game between the two this season, 78-64 as a 9.5-point home favorite, despite six 3-pointers from Huskies’ wing Cole Bajema. The Buffs have won three of the last four games straight up and ATS in in the season series after Washington was 5-0 straight up and ATS in the previous five.
The Huskies have won the five straight (4-1 ATS) and seven of the eight (6-2 ATS) at home since Colorado joined the Pac-12 in 2012-13. Washington posted the biggest upset in the season series last Jan. 20, beating the Buffaloes 84-80 as a 12.5-point home underdog, a victory that stopped the Buffaloes’ five-game winning streak.
Six of the last eight have gone over the total, as have four of the last five in Seattle.
Colorado is 2-3 straight up and ATS in its last five and is 6-11-2 ATS this season, although it is 3-1 ATS on the road and 1-0 as a road favorite. The Buffs have played only four true road games, all in the Pac-12, going 2-2 straight up and 3-1 ATS.
Washington is 3-6 ATS at home. Of the Huskies’ nine true home games, seven have been under the total. The total has gone under in three of Colorado’s four road games.
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Huskies Ride Brown
Seattle native guard Terrell Brown returned home this season to become Washington’s go-to guy, and he is averaging a Pac-12-leading 20.9 points per game while adding 3.9 assists as the ringleader of an offense that needs all the help it can get.
The Huskies are shooting 39.7 percent from the field, which ranks 331st among the 305 Division I teams. Their 30.3 percent from three-point range ranks 309th. Brown is shooting 44.5 percent from the field, the only rotation member over 42 percent.
Brown averaged 20.8 points at Seattle U. in 2019-20 before transferring to Pac-12 opponent Arizona last season, where his production dipped as he was mainly used off the bench.
He has been a high-volume shooter and feast-or-famine scorer — he was 3 of 16 from the floor in an 84-56 blowout loss at Oregon the last time out Sunday and is averaging 17.1 shots per game, among the highest in Division I.
Colorado vs Washington Prediction
The teams’ results against Oregon are a fair indicator of the talent level in each program. While Washington has had the upper hand in the series in Seattle recently, the Buffaloes have played well on the road this season. Three of The Huskies four league wins have come against bottom-feeder Utah, Cal and Oregon State.
The Colorado betting faithful can play their Buffs with confidence here.
The pick: Colorado -2.5 (+110)