Eastern Washington vs. Northern Arizona - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (5-25) at Eastern Washington Eagles (17-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 5:05 pm (Reese Court)
The Line: Eastern Washington Eagles -15.5 -- Over/Under: 139 See the Latest Odds
We have some Big Sky college basketball action on Saturday as the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks take on the Eastern Washington Eagles.
The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will simply be looking to finish the regular season on a high note after losing 18 of their last 21 games following a 66-52 loss to Idaho in their last outing. Torry Johnson and JoJo Anderson tied for the team lead with 11 points apiece as the lone pair of double digit scorers for NAU in the loss. Brooks DeBisschop added a team-high 9 rebounds and 3 assists as well in the losing effort for the Lumberjacks. Johnson leads Northern Arizona in scoring with 11.8 points per game while DeBisschop leads NAU in rebounding with 7.5 rebounds per game and Gino Littles leads the Lumberjacks in assists with 2.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Northern Arizona is scoring 65.8 points per game on 39.4% shooting from the field, 30.6% from behind the arc and 70.8% from the foul line this season.
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The Eastern Washington Eagles will look to finish the year with their winning streak in tact after 5 straight victories, including a 74-51 win over Southern Utah in their last outing. Bogdan Bliznyuk led Eastern Washington with 32 points on 13 of 21 shooting with 3 triples and team-highs of 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Ty Gibson came 2nd with 13 points while Sir Washington added 10 points with 4 assists to finish off the trio of double digit scorers for Eastern Washington in the win. Bliznyuk leads the Eagles with an average of 20.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Eastern Washington is scoring 74.8 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 37% from behind the 3-point line and 77% from the foul line this season.
Northern Arizona is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Eastern Washington is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 38-18 ATS in their last 56 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 conference matchups. Northern Arizona is 3-11-1 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams and 3-12-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings at Eastern Washington.
The Lumberjacks despite being the worst team in the conference, have actually done a good job hanging around in games as of late. However, that won’t help considering that the Eagles are hitting their stride at the right time and that Northern Arizona has had little success ATS in this matchup. All in all, I think this is a matchup that Eastern Washington should take care of from the opening tip, so I’ll lay the points with the Eagles here.