The late game of the NIT quarterfinals this evening features a nice Pac-12 showdown between the Huskies of Washington and the Ducks of Oregon. Find out why we are liking the Huskies to pick up the cover tonight.
This is a matchup people have hoped for in the NIT, and now the two
teams play for the right to advance and play in New York City next week.
earned a number one seed in the NIT this year, and they took advantage of it as well. They
knocked out Texas-Arlington and then crushed Northwestern in the second round.
Oregon’s high-powered offense has led them to this game, as they beat LSU and
Iowa to meet up with the Huskies.
Sportsbooks have listed the Huskies as -4.5 home
favorites in tonight’s contest. NCAA Basketball odds makers have set the matchup's total at 155, but some college basketball betting shops are starting to offer the total at 155.5.
Huskies down, but not out
was yet another conference number one seed that earned a first round bye and
ended up with nothing to show for it. In the Pac-12 tournament, the Huskies
were seeded number one overall, and got bounced out by ninth seeded Oregon
State in the second round, 86-84.
UW had an
outstanding conference record in the Pac-12 this season, after going 14-4, but
their strength of schedule and lack of big win was what disallowed them a bid
to the NCAA Tournament after losing their first Pac-12 tournament game. They
only played two top 25 teams on the year and lost both.
Huskies were one of the nation’s best rebounding teams this season. They ended
the year 5th in the country in boards, averaging over 40 per game.
Washington has five players on their roster that average at least five rebounds
per game. Two of those guys, Terrence Ross and Tony Wroten, both also average
16 points per contest.
Ducks in a row
is yet another NIT team that lost to an eventual conference champion and NCAA
tournament team. The Ducks lost to Colorado in their first game of the Pac-12
tournament by one point and found themselves in the NIT for 2012. The Ducks
finished second in the regular season Pac-12 standings, right behind
Duck’s problems this season have been defense and rebounding. They can score
with the best of them, having scored 96 and 108 points respectfully in each
of their first two NIT wins. Tonight’s game against Washington shouldn’t be too
different. This game might mimic an NBA game a little bit by the looks of the
score at the end of them game. I’m not telling you to go and blindly bet the
over whatever it is, but it is worth taking a look at.
The Sharp Pick
way, I’m looking at the spread for tonight’s game, and I’m siding with the home
team Huskies in this one. Much like Drexel in the first quarterfinal game this
evening, the Huskies have a large chip on their shoulder. They should have won
the Pac-12 tournament, and now have a chance to make up for it by making a deep
run into the NIT.
will be the third time these two teams have met this season, and both own
double-digit home wins over the other. So far, the public likes taking the
points with the Ducks, but I like the Huskies to come out fired up and sharp as
a tack to take care of the Ducks and cover the -4.5 points.