Eastern Washington vs. Northern Arizona Big Sky Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Sunday, March 5, 2023
The top-seeded Eastern Washington Eagles (22-9, 16-2 Big Sky) are 7.5-point favorites in the Big Sky Tournament against the No. 9 seed Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (10-22, 5-13 Big Sky) on Sunday at Idaho Central Arena. The contest starts at 7:30 PM and airs on ESPN+, with both teams hoping to move one step closer to an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The matchup has an over/under set at 151.5 points.
Eastern Washington vs. Northern Arizona Odds
- Eastern Washington odds to win: -324
- Northern Arizona odds to win: +256
- Spread: Eastern Washington (-7.5)
- Total: 151.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Sunday, March 5, 2023
- Time: 7:30 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Boise, Idaho
- Venue: Idaho Central Arena
Who Will Win Eastern Washington vs. Northern Arizona?
Eastern Washington and Northern Arizona Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
Eastern Washington has a 4-1 record against the spread when favored by 7.5 points or more this season.
Northern Arizona has a 9-3 record against the spread this season when an underdog by 7.5 points or more.
These two teams average a combined 150.1 points per game, 1.4 fewer points than the over/under of 151.5 set for this game.
Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 145.4 points per game, 6.1 fewer than the point total in this game.
Eastern Washington’s average point total in matchups this season is 148, 3.5 points below the over/under in this game.
The average point total for the Lumberjacks this season is 4.1 points fewer than this game’s over/under.
So far this season, the Eagles have compiled an 18-11-1 record against the spread.
The Lumberjacks have an 18-12-0 record against the spread this year.
Eastern Washington Stats & Insights
Eastern Washington’s +183 scoring differential (outscoring opponents by 5.9 points per game) is a result of scoring 77 points per game (57th in college basketball) while giving up 71.1 per outing (208th in college basketball).
The 33.3 rebounds per game Eastern Washington averages rank 92nd in the nation, and are 5.5 more than the 27.8 its opponents record per outing.
The Eagles connect on 8.8 three-pointers per game (43rd in college basketball) compared to their opponents’ 8.4. They shoot 36% from deep while their opponents hit 32.4% from long range.
Eastern Washington’s 100.9 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 26th in college basketball, and the 93.2 points it allows per 100 possessions rank 225th in college basketball.
Offensively, the Eagles have played better at home this season, scoring 83.9 points per game, compared to 74.8 per game on the road.
Northern Arizona Stats & Insights
Northern Arizona has a -40 scoring differential, falling short by 1.2 points per game. It is putting up 73.1 points per game, 145th in college basketball, and is allowing 74.3 per contest to rank 300th in college basketball.
The 30.3 rebounds per game Northern Arizona accumulates rank 266th in the country. Their opponents grab 30.8.
Northern Arizona makes 8.4 three-pointers per game (71st in college basketball) at a 36.2% rate (70th in college basketball), compared to the 7.5 its opponents make, shooting 34.9% from beyond the arc.
Northern Arizona’s 95.9 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 123rd in college basketball, and the 97.5 points it concedes per 100 possessions rank 325th in college basketball.
In 2022-23 the Lumberjacks are scoring 9.7 more points per game at home (78.6) than away (68.9).
Eastern Washington Key Players to Watch
The Eagles scoring leader is Steele Venters, who averages 15.1 per contest to go with 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Eastern Washington’s leading rebounder is Casey Jones averaging 5.7 boards per game and its best passer is Tyreese Davis and his 3.6 assists per game.
Venters leads the Eagles in three-point shooting, knocking down an average of 2.3 shots per game from beyond the arc.
The Eastern Washington steals leader is Venters, who averages 0.8 takeaways per game, while its blocks leader is Ethan Price, who compiles one block per contest.
Northern Arizona Key Players to Watch
Carson Towt puts up 7.7 rebounds and three assists per game, placing him at the top of the Lumberjacks’ rebound and assists leaderboards.
Jalen Cole scores 17.6 points per game, putting him at the top of the Northern Arizona scoring leaderboard. He also grabs three rebounds and averages 2.6 assists per game.
Cone is reliable from deep and leads the Lumberjacks with 2.9 made threes per game.
Northern Arizona’s leader in steals is Xavier Fuller with 0.9 per game, and its leader in blocks is Nik Mains with 0.3 per game.
Eastern Washington vs. Northern Arizona Prediction
- Pick ATS:
Northern Arizona (+7.5)
- Pick OU:
Eastern Washington 77, Northern Arizona 70
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