|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABThe No. 7 seed Washington Huskies take on the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs on Friday night in a second-round matchup of the NCAA tournament. Isaiah Thomas leads the offensively dominant Huskies with 19.7 points and 10 assists per game, and Washington is expected to win this game as they won the Pac-10 Tournament last week.
Washington's offensive is ranked the third best in the league, which explains why the team is the 5.5 point favorite to win tonight. The total is set at 143.5, based on the Huskies' ability to score points. They averaged 83.5 points per game during the season. Besides Thomas, they also rely on Matt Bryan-Amaning, who averages 15.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
If the Huskies can run a fast game, they may be able to push the Bulldogs off the floor. Despite the talented Trey Thompkins, Georgia will have to slow things down and make their defense work to stay in the game. Georgia's defense allows only 64.3 points per game, so slowing down the high-scoring Huskies will be key to victory.
Besides the Bulldogs' defense, they also hold the size advantage. Their front court is made up of Thompkins, Jeremy Price, and Chris Barnes. They also have a complimentary inside-outside combination featuring Thompkins in the paint and Travis Leslie on the perimeter. If they can upset Washington, they go on to face North Carolina in the next round of the tournament.
Most of the betting action is going towards Washington right now, who is favored to win this game. The Huskies are also favored to beat North Carolina if the make it past this second round matchup. The Huskies are coming into this game with a record of 23-10 and won their conference tournament. Georgia is coming into the game with a 21-11 record, but have lost 2 of their last 3 games.