Colorado at Washington
|Date & Time||Friday March 15, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
Las Vegas, NV
Washington Huskies -2 -- Over/Under: 131
The Colorado Buffaloes and Washington Huskies will square off at T-Mobile Arena this Friday night in the Semifinals of the Pac-12 Men’s Tournament.
The 5-seed Colorado Buffaloes used a strong defensive effort and advanced to the Semifinals of the Pac-12 Men’s Tournament for the first time since the 2013-14 season after defeated the 4-seed Oregon State Beavers, 73-58, on Thursday night. Colorado led by a 37-18 margin at halftime and although Oregon fought back to make it a game in the 2nd half, the Buffaloes were able to pull away late after taking a 61-49 lead with 3:14 left in regulation. Colorado outrebounded Oregon State by a 39-28 margin and held the Beavers to just 34.0% shooting from the field and 16.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was McKinley Wright IV who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists.
Coming into their game against Oregon State, Colorado was averaging 74.4 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes were averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colorado has been led by McKinley Wright IV (13.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Tyler Bey (13.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.2 bpg), Shane Gatling (10.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg), and Lucas Siewert (9.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Defensively, Colorado was holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Buffaloes had a rebound margin of 6.1 and a turnover margin of -1.0.
The top-seed Washington Huskies had all the could handle from the from the 8th seed USC Trojans, however, was able to advance after defeating USC by a 78-75 margin on Thursday night. Washington was solid on the offensive end against the Trojans and was able to hold off a late charge from the Trojans after taking a 67-57 lead with 7:58 left in regulation. Washington shot 48.3% from the field and 46.4% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Jaylen Nowell who had 24 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and a steal.
Coming into their match-up against USC, Washington was averaging 70.4 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Huskies were averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Washington has been led by Jaylen Nowell (16.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Noah Dickerson (12.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.0 spg), David Crisp (12.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and Matisse Thybulle (9.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 3.5 spg, 2.2 bpg).
Defensively, Washington was holding their opponents to an average 64.0 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Huskies had a rebound margin of -1.7 and a turnover margin of -2.7.
Washington defeated Colorado in both their regular season match-ups this season as they Huskies won by a 77-70 margin on the road in mid-January while defeating the Buffaloes at home by a 64-55 margin in late February.
Colorado continued their recent run of outstanding play with an impressive victory over a very good Oregon State team. The Buffaloes are a balanced team that comes into this game ranked 125th in scoring offense and 81st in scoring defense and have really has really improved on the offense end led by Tyler Bey, McKinley Wright IV, and Shane Gatling. Washington has been the best the Pac-12 has had to offer this season as they’re an athletic team that is outstanding on the defensive end as they rank 26th in scoring offense, 58th in defensive FG%, and 71st in rebound margin. Washington defeated Colorado twice this season, however, the Buffaloes have looked like a different team since these teams last meant and as I think the defense of the Buffaloes will give Washington trouble, I’m taking Colorado and the points in this one. Good luck!