Seattle vs. Washington State, 11/07/2019 21:00 EDT, Score: 54 - 85

Total: -105/+142½ Under

Sportsbook: Bookmaker

Result: Win

I'm playing on Seattle/WSU UNDER the total. These schools try and recruit the same players so there's a natural rivalry. Seattle took last season's game, at Seattle. The Cougars won here at WSU, the previous year. In both cases, the came stayed below the total. The game here had an O/U line of 141.5 and finished with 134, a 75-59 final. That was the "old" Cougars, too. Under former coach Ernie Kent, the Cougars were typically pretty incompetent on defense. They've got a new coach now though as Kyle Smith has taken over in Pullman. Smith has absolutely brought a new level of commitment to the defensive side of the ball. WSU forward CJ Elleby had this to say: "First hour of practice, we're doing straight defense. We're working on our principles, where we need to be in rotations, how we can help the helper and really how we're going to guard situation plays. Ball screens, down screens, back screens. Really just trying to learn, and he's teaching us the ways in which we're going to play defense."

Forward Deion James added: "Right now, defensively, we're just trying to keep the ball in front of us, just in terms of stopping the ball. Just having help-side rotation and rotating pretty good. And just having everybody's back and not quitting when things break down. So, that's our biggest emphasis."

Look for the renewed commitment and emphasis on defense to lead to a relatively low-scoring affair, the UNDER moving to a perfect 7-0 the last seven times that Seatte played a road game with an O/U line in the 140 to 144.5 range.

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