Washington vs. Yale - 11/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Yale Bulldogs (0-0) at Washington Huskies (0-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Alaska Airlines Arena)
The Line: Washington Huskies -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Yale Bulldogs and Washington Huskies open the 2016-17 college basketball season Sunday night at the Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Yale Bulldogs hope to build on last years trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as James Jones has produced 45 wins the last two seasons. Makai Mason returns after averaging 16 points and 3.8 assists while Sam Downey averaged 5.7 points and 3.4 rebounds. Anthony Dallier dished 1.3 assists per game and Alex Copeland played 60 total minutes. Yale is obviously not the same team it was last season, as the Bulldogs lost four of their top five scorers. However, Mason was arguably the best player for Yale last season and showed many times he’s capable of providing 20-plus points to carry the Bulldogs when needed. The Yale Bulldogs have won five of their last six road games.
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The Washington Huskies hope for a bounce back season after settling for a NIT berth despite a very talented roster. Noah Dickerson returns after averaging 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds while David Crisp averaged 7.2 points and 1.6 assists. Malik Dime grabbed 5.6 rebounds per game and Matisse Thybulle dished 1.6 assists per game. Washington lost all of its double-digit scorers from last season but does return the bulk of its role players. Also, the Washington Huskies have a 5-star recruit in guard Markelle Fultz, who is a legit NBA prospect and gives the team a chance to make a run towards a possible Pac-12 title if everything goes well. The Washington Huskies have split their last six home games.
The Bulldogs are 34-15-3 ATS in their last 52 road games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Huskies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 Sunday games. The over is 20-6 in Huskies last 26 overall and the under is 4-1 in Bulldogs last 5 non-conference games.
Yale is one of the more well coached teams in the country and still has its best player from last years NCAA Tournament team. However, Washington has the better top tier talent and should be motivated to get off to a trong start with the way things finished last year. With a new roster for Yale, I'll side with the Huskies to get a big double-digit victory at home.