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Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
When: Friday, March 15, 9:00 PM. ET.
The Washington Huskies will be going for their second consecutive win when they take on the Colorado Buffaloes in the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament on Friday night.
Buffaloes Going For Sixth Consecutive Win
The Buffaloes played hard this season and finished fourth in the Pac -12 standings. Despite their success, they are not projected to make the NCAA tournament, which means their only way to crash the party is by winning the Pac-12 tournament.
Alex Strating gave the Buffs huge minutes off the bench after not playing yesterday (career-high 10 points). @CoachTadBoyle had great things to say about him after the game ⬇️#GoBuffs #Pac12Hoops pic.twitter.com/Cz7sx8yikn
— Colorado Buffaloes Men's Basketball (@CUBuffsMBB) March 15, 2019
Colorado has been on a roll since the end of the season and has pulled off five consecutive wins. They need only two more wins to punch their ticket to the Big Dance and will try to pick up one of those wins when they face the Huskies.
The Buffaloes have played well offensively, averaging 74.3 points per game. They are shooting 46 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from three-point range.
Tyler Bey is 2nd on the team with 13.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. McKinley Wright IV is averaging 13.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game, while Shane Gatling is averaging 10.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.
The Buffaloes have also done a good job on defense, holding opponents to 67.6 points per game. They gave up 61 points per game in their last four games and will need to keep playing well if they want to advance to get past the Huskies on Friday.
Huskies Going For Fourth Win In Five Games
The Huskies managed to win the Pac-12 regular season crown and have already secured a spot in the NCAA tournament. They will try to win both the regular season and postseason title but will need to get past a Colorado team that has dominated their last two opponents.
— Washington Men's Basketball (@UW_MBB) March 15, 2019
They have won three of their last five games and will be going for their second win in a row and fourth win in their last five games when they face the Buffaloes.
Washington is an average offensive team, scoring 70.6 points per game. The team is shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range.
Jaylen Nowell leads the way for the Huskies with 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Noah Dickerson is averaging 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while David Crisp is averaging 12.5 points and 2.7 assists per game.
The Huskies played very well on defense, holding opponents to 64.4 points per game, which is 26th in the country. They gave up 75 points in their last game and will need to play much better if they want to beat the streaking Buffaloes.
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Huskies have struggled against the spread, losing their last five games and five of their last six neutral site games. The Buffaloes have played well against the spread, winning four of their last five games and eight of their last nine games against teams with winning records.
Prediction: Colorado Buffaloes
Full-Game Total Pick
The Buffaloes have played under the total in their last four neutral site games and in five of their last six games against Pac-12 teams. The Huskies have played under the total in seven of their last nine games following a straight up win and in 15 of their last 21 neutral site games.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Buffaloes will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Huskies in the first half of their last three games, averaging 31.7 points per game while the Huskies average 26.7 points per game.
Prediction: Colorado Buffaloes
Half-Time Total Bet
The Huskies and Buffaloes are averaging 58.4 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will fall short of the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.