Huskies vs. Aggies Prediction
The ninth-seeded Washington Huskies were the best team in the Pac-12 Conference this season and will look to advance in the NCAA Tournament tonight in its first round matchup against the eighth-seeded Utah State Aggies. Can underdog Washington find a way to victory?
811 Washington Huskies vs. 812 Utah State Aggies
Friday, March 22, 2019
Nationwide Arena at 6:50PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Aggies are a 3-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 134.5 points. As of Friday morning, 62 percent of public bets are being placed on Utah State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for up-to-date info.
Huskies fall in Pac-12 title game
Washington lost by a score of 68-48 Saturday night in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game to drop to 26-8 on the season. The Huskies were outscored 40-22 in the second half of the defeat. Washington shot 18-of-54 from the floor, 5-of-23 from 3-point range plus 7-of-8 at the free throw line. The Huskies did not have a single player in double figures for scoring as Jaylen Nowell led the way with eight points on 2-of-7 shooting including 4-of-4 at the free throw line. He also contributed two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Jamal Bey added seven points in 11 minutes off the bench.
Aggies win 10th straight
Utah State enters the NCAA Tournament on a roll after defeating San Diego State 64-57 Saturday night in the Mountain West Tournament title game. The Aggies (28-6) outscored the Aztecs 30-25 in the second half to close it out. Utah State shot 21-of-52 from the field, 5-of-19 from 3-point land plus 17-of-24 at the free throw line. Sam Merrill paced the Aggies with 24 points on 6-of-16 shooting including 1-of-9 from 3-point range plus 11-of-12 at the charity stripe. He also brought down six rebounds. Neemias Queta accounted for 17 points, eight boards and two blocked shots. Abel Porter added 10 points, three dimes and two steals.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Huskies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games. Washington is 1-6 ATS in its last seven games overall.
The Aggies are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 Friday games. Utah State is 1-4 ATS in its last five NCAA Tournament games.
The Aggies have had a nice run over the last couple of months with only one defeat since January 10. They have also shown the ability to beat good teams this season with wins over St. Mary's and Nevada. Of course, they have also lost to many good teams and the body of work Washington has put together is arguably more impressive. I'm going to ignore the bad loss the Huskies had in the Pac-12 Tournament final on tired legs. This is also a team that took Gonzaga to the wire and has a lot more wins over top 100 teams than Utah State does. I'm taking the points with Washington here.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: WASHINGTON HUSKIES +3