Long Beach State vs. Washington Pick
After finishing 3-7 over its last 10 games, Washington will look to save face with a deep run in the NIT. Will the Huskies get off to a good start when they host Long Beach State in the opening round tonight?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Huskies are 9-point home favorites over the 49ers while the over/under is sitting at 168 points. While the side hasn’t budged, the total has gone from 166 up two full points to 168.
Long Beach State is a quality opponent. The 49ers have won 11 of their last 13 games and have won 20 games for the first time since the 2011-12 NCAA Tournament team went 25-9. They can shoot from 3-point range, as they set a school record by making 279 3-pointers this season.
As for Washington, the Huskies will once again rely on senior guard Andrew Andrews to carry them. He leads the team with a 20.9 scoring average but if he’s all Washington has tonight, Long Beach State should stay within the 9-point spread.
The 49ers are 8-1-2 against the spread in their last 11 games following a loss and are 6-1-2 against the number in their last non-conference games. They’re also 11-5-1 against the number in their last 17 road games and have covered the spread in four of their last five road games when playing a team with a winning home record.
TUESDAY NIT FREE PICK: LONG BEACH STATE 49ERS +9