Washington vs. Tulane - 12/22/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tulane Green Wave (9-1) at Washington Huskies (10-0)
College Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm (Alaska Airlines Arena)
The Line: Washington Huskies -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Network
The Tulane Green Wave and Washington Huskies square off Monday night at the Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Tulane Green Wave have won nine straight games and play their second true road contest. On the season, Tulane is averaging 71.1 points on 47.6 percent shooting and is allowing 62.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Louis Dabney is averaging 13.1 points and 3.4 rebounds while Jay Hook is averaging 12.1 points and five rebounds. Jonathan Stark is the third player averaging double-digit points and Payton Henson is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Tulane Green Wave are one of the most balanced teams in the Atlantic, which includes a defense that’s forcing 14.1 turnovers per game and holding teams to 70 or less points in nine straight games. Offensively, Tulane is shooting 69.1 percent from the free throw line and 34.7 percent from deep, as four players are averaging at least 8.2 points.
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The Washington Huskies are unbeaten and coming off a big upset win over Oklahoma. On the season, Washington is averaging 72.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 58.5 points on 33.8 percent shooting. Nigel Williams-Goss is averaging 13.9 points and 6.8 assists while Andrew Andrews is averaging 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. Robert Upshaw is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Shawn Kemp Jr. is shooting 65.6 percent from the field. The Washington Huskies rely most on their length, as they’re averaging 41.3 rebounds and 7.7 blocks. Offensively, Washington is shooting 64.4 percent from the line and 32.5 percent from deep while the defense is forcing 12 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 26.7 percent from beyond the arc.
The Green Wave are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games following three or more consecutive home games. The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Tulane Green Wave haven't played a team nearly as talented as Washington, but they've shown great balance and are 9-1 SU for a reason. Not only is Tulane better than what oddmakers think, but the Huskies are in a let down spot after a big win over the Sooners. I'm taking the points here.