Washington vs. Long Beach State - 11/22/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Long Beach State 49ers (1-4) at Washington Huskies (2-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 11:00 pm (Alaska Airlines Arena)
The Line: Washington Huskies -10.5 -- Over/Under: 166.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: PAC 12 Networks
The Long Beach State 49ers will travel to Alaska Airlines Arena to take on the Washington Huskies this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Long Beach State 49ers lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 1-4 on the season after being defeated by the 16th ranked UCLA Bruins, 114-77, this past Sunday. Long Beach State had no answers on the defensive end for the Bruins and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 56-37 margin at halftime. Long Beach State allowed UCLA to shoot 64.8% from the field and 60.0% (12-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the 49ers was Gabe Levin who had 8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Long Beach State is averaging 70.0 ppg on 38.6% shooting from the field. The 49ers are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 29.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Long Beach State has been led by Gabe Levin (12.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.2 spg), Evan Payne (10.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg), Justin Bibbins (7.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.2 apg), and Roschon Prince (6.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Long Beach State is allowing their opponents to average 89.2 ppg on 50.0% shooting from the field. Long Beach State has really struggled on the boards as the 49ers currently have a rebound margin of -6.4.
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The Washington Huskies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 2-1 on the season after defeating the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 92-58, this past Sunday. Washington had a 38-26 lead at halftime and used a 23-2 run in the 2nd half to put this game away. Washington shot 51.3% from the field and outrebounded the 49ers by a 46-33 margin. Leading the way for the Huskies was Markelle Fultz who had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks, and 3 steals. Offensively, Washington is averaging 95.3 ppg on 56.5% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 40.7% three-point shooting. Offensively, Washington has been led by Markelle Fultz (27.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 6.7 apg), Matisse Thybulle (16.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 spg, 2.3 bpg), David Crisp (13.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg), and Noah Dickerson (10.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg). Defensively, Washington is allowing their opponents to average 81.3 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. Washington is currently ranked 4th in College Basketball in blocks at 8.7 bpg.
The 49ers are 9-4-2 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight up loss however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games.
Long Beach State has played a brutal schedule to start their season with games on the road against Wichita State, UNC, Louisville, and UCLA and has really struggled on the defense end as in this 4-game span, the 49ers are allowing their opponents to average 96.8 ppg. Washington isn’t as talented a team as they were last year however, the Huskies can certainly score the basketball and have arguably the best player in the country in Markelle Fultz. Long Beach State is going to be one of the better teams in the Big West this season however, I just can’t trust the 49ers defense to do enough against the high-powered Huskies offense to cover in this one. Take Washington to cover in this one.