Washington vs. Long Beach State - 3/15/16 NIT College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Long Beach State 49ers (20-14) at Washington Huskies (18-14)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Alaska Airlines Arena)
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The Washington Huskies and the Long Beach State 49ers face off on Tuesday in an opening round NIT college basketball matchup.
The Washington Huskies are 18-14 this season and that was good enough to land them a spot as a host team in the NIT opening round. Washington is averaging 83.4 points per game and they are shooting 42.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 79.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.8 percent. Andrew Andrews leads UW averaging 20.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Dejounte Murray is averaging 15.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, Marquese Chriss is averaging 13.2 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Noah Dickerson is averaging 7.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Washington is 12-5 at home and 8-4 in non-conference games.
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The Long Beach State 49ers are 20-14 this season and they land in the NIT after losing in the Big Sky Championship game to Hawaii. LBSU is averaging 72.9 points per game and they are shooting 42.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73.2 points and their opponents are shooting 44.6 percent. Nick Faust leads the 49ers averaging 17.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Justin Bibbins is averaging 11.8 points and 5.0 assists, Travis Hammonds is averaging 10 points, and Gabe Levin is averaging 9.7 points and 5.9 rebounds. Long Beach State is 6-9 on the road and 6-9 in games outside of the Big Sky.
Washington is 7-3 against the spread following a loss and 4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Long Beach State is 8-1-2 against the spread following a loss, 6-1-2 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games, and 11-5-1 against the spread in their last 17 road games.
The line looks to be high and while Long Beach has an unimpressive record out of conference, they have played a lot of heavy hitters so I see them being competitive enough to at least cover here though they will need to avoid foul trouble to pull out the win.