Check out our free Boise State vs Northwestern pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Sacramento. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Boise State vs Northwestern Pick & Preview: Thursday, March 16th Betting Odds
Broncos vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Boise State Broncos at Northwestern Wildcats
- Where: Sacramento at Golden 1 Center
- Date: Thursday, March 16th
- Betting Odds: Boise State +1.5, BOISE +108 | NW -134 O/U 127.5
The Boise State Broncos head into today’s game in what will be their 34th game of the season, posting a record of 24-9. On the road, the Broncos will be playing their 14th game of the season, having gone 7-7. So far, the Broncos have been the underdog 11 times, going 6-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
Boise State’s leading scorer this season is Tyson Degenhart, who is averaging 14.33 points per contest. So far, Degenhart has accounted for 19.84% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.36 rebounds per game and 1.76 assists. Max Rice is the second leading scorer for the Broncos, averaging 13.91 points per game. Between him and Rice, they are accounting for 39.1% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Boise State this season, as they are currently ranked 279th in college basketball at 68.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Broncos’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.8%, placing them 192nd in the NCAA.
Through 32 games, the Northwestern Wildcats have an overall record of 21-11. So far this season, Northwestern has played 21 games at home, sitting with a record of 14-7. The Wildcats’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Northwestern has been favored to win in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 12-4.
Northwestern’s leading scorer this season is Boo Buie, who is averaging 17.12 points per contest. So far, Buie has accounted for 25.31% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.34 rebounds per game and 4.53 assists. Chase Audige is the second leading scorer for the Wildcats, averaging 13.81 points per game. Between him and Audige, they are accounting for 45.7% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Northwestern is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 32 games, they have only hit 34.7% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 38.69% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Northwestern Wildcats -1.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Northwestern Wildcats to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1.5 point betting favorites. Although Northwestern as a team is just 305th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Broncos’ defense. In addition, the Wildcats have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 7-3 (last 10). At -1.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Wildcats to come out on top and cover.