Boise State Broncos (23-8) at Washington Huskies (20-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Alaska Airlines Arena)
The Line: Washington Huskies -1 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boise State Broncos will travel to Alaska Airlines Arena to take on the Washington Huskies this Wednesday night in the 1st round of the NIT Tournament.
The 4-seed Boise State Broncos had an outstanding season, posting a 23-8 (13-5 MW) record, however, the Broncos stumbled in the Mountain West Tournament after being upset by the Utah State Aggies by a 78-75 margin in the quarterfinals. Boise State went into halftime leading by a 40-32 margin, however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t force overtime when a Chandler Hutchison game tying three-point attempt came up short as time expired. Boise State allowed Utah State to shoot 46.3% from the field and 56.0% (14-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncos was Lexus Williams who had 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Boise State is averaging 78.3 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 38.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Boise State has been led by Chandler Hutchison (19.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Christian Sengfelder (11.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Justinian Jessup (11.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg), and Lexus Williams (9.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Boise State is allowing their opponents to average 68.8 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Broncos have a rebound margin of 8.1 and a turnover margin of -1.6.
The 5-seed Washington Huskies had a solid year under first year head coach Mike Hopkins as the Huskies finished the year with an overall record of 20-12 while going 10-8 in Pac-12 play. Washington struggled a bit down the stretch, losing 7 of their last 10 games, including 69-66 OT defeat to the Oregon State Beavers in the 1st round of the Pac-12 Championship. Washington struggled offensively in the loss at the Huskies shot just 38.3% from the field and 28.6% (6-21) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Huskies was Noah Dickerson who had a double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. On the season, Washington is averaging 74.3 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Washington has been led by Jaylen Nowell (15.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Noah Dickerson (15.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg), David Crisp (11.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg), and Matisse Thybulle (10.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.9 spg, 1.4 bpg). Defensively, Washington is allowing their opponents to average 72.6 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of 1.7.
The Broncos are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Huskies are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Boise State, although having the higher seed, must go on the road to face Washington as their home court (Taco Bell Arena) is being used for the NCAA Tournament. Boise State, despite being knocked off by Utah State, is still a very dangerous team that has gotten down this year on both sides of the ball as the Broncos rank 64th in scoring offense and 86th in scoring defense. Washington has been average on both sides of the ball this season as they rank just 161st in scoring offense and 178th in scoring defense, however, they can do a good job causing turnovers as they Huskies currently rank 22nd in blocks per game and 17th in steals per game. Washington was an impressive 15-4 at home this season, however, this Boise State is a solid club led by an outstanding player in Chandler Hutchison, and as I think the Broncos defense will be able to have some success against the Huskies, I'm going to take Boise State and the point in this one.