Nevada Wolf Pack vs. Wyoming Cowboys
For the first of our NCAA Basketball picks, we look at the matchup between Nevada and Wyoming. Both the Wolf Pack and Cowboys limped through the end of the regular season with sizable losing streaks. Wyoming may have lost five straight at the finish, but Nevada was that much worse, losing seven in a row to close things out.
Tonight we will be selecting the Cowboys to cover as 3.5-point favorites against a team they've had a lot of success against.
Wyoming backers will take some comfort in the fact the Cowboys have had no trouble with Nevada in two meetings this season.
Beating a team three times in one season is a hard feat, but it's not like Wyoming has even gotten close. They lost each matchup by double digits and couldn't top 50 points either time as well.
A healthy Leonard Washington could make all the difference in the world too. Washington has been a force this season, especially against the Wolf Pack – he had 16 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and three steals in the road win and then 16 pints, 12 boards, five steals and three blocked shots in the victory at home.
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Washington's back has been bothering him, but he's had almost a full week to rest since the regular season ended and that kind of recovery time could turn out to be crucial.
The senior was selected to the All-W third team and was also named to the All-Defensive team in the conference, so it's obvious he's going to have a big impact on both ends of the court against Nevada if he's anywhere near 100 percent. So while Wyoming has to worry about Nevada's strong guard play, we think the Cowboys are still the right play with the most dominant player on the court.
NCAA Basketball Pick: Wyoming Cowboys -3.5
Seton Hall Pirates vs. South Florida Bulls
We have already shared a play on the side for this Big East matchup, but there's a total play that's also worth adding to our sports picks.
Currently the O/U can be found at 116. Dating back to last year, the UNDER has gone an insane 37-15 in South Florida's last 52 games overall and the trend has also come through in four of the previous five head-to-head meetings between these squads.
Earlier in the year, Seton Hall played host to South Florida and won 55-47. The Pirates were playing at a snail's pace, scoring only 55 points despite shooting 52.5 percent from the field.
As for the Bulls, they couldn't really buy a bucket. They were 19-of-56 (33.9 percent) overall and 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) from beyond the arc.
Anemic offense has been the norm for South Florida essentially all season. They averaged 52.8 PPG for the year, while shooting 35.3 percent overall and a putrid 26.9 percent from three.
Seton Hall has been just as bad in that department as of late though, averaging 58.0 PPG over their last five. They will head into this first round matchup without one of their most productive players in Brandon Mobley and we see them having even more trouble getting the ball in the basket against a very competent Bulls defense.
There's a reason this total is as low as it is. NCAA Basketball odds makers have dropped the number almost 10 points from the regular season meeting because they realize tournament time brings out the best out of teams defensively and can also bring with it some inefficiencies on offense. Let's roll with the UNDER.
NCAA Basketball Pick: UNDER 116[gameodds]14/224334/43/us[/gameodds]