The Washington Huskies take on the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at 10:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Alaska Airlines Arena. Both teams are looking for their first wins after starting the season with disappointing losses. Washington lost 71-64 to Northern Illinois on Tuesday, while the Lumberjacks were dismantled by Arizona, 81-52. NAU hit just 35 percent of its shots against the Wildcats, but only shot 42 percent from the field in last year's six-win campaign.
The Huskies are favored by 15.5 points in the latest Washington vs. Northern Arizona odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 138. Before entering any Northern Arizona vs. Washington picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Washington vs. Northern Arizona spread: Washington -15.5
- Washington vs. Northern Arizona over-under: 138 points
What you need to know about Washington
Despite Tuesday's defeat, Washington had strong showings from Nate Roberts, who dropped a double-double on 19 boards and 10 points, and Terrell Brown Jr., who had 22 points along with five rebounds. The Achilles' heel for the Huskies proved to be transfer guard Daejon Davis, who made just one of his 10 shots in the game and had four turnovers.
Jamal Bey had an inefficient night, and made just three of his 11 attempts, but he still managed to finish with 10 points as well. Guard Cole Bajema, who the Huskies need to produce off of the bench this season, also got things started off on the wrong foot. In 21 minutes on the floor, he only hit one of his five attempts, and finished with an underwhelming four points.
What you need to know about Northern Arizona
Jalen Cone's night served as a microcosm for the team's overall showing against Arizona to start the season. He picked up four fouls and turned the ball over eight times en route to a 3-for-11, seven-point finish. Cone has to be better for the Lumberjacks this season, after they lost their top two scorers from 2020-21.
Last season, Northern Arizona finished with the second-to-last shooting defense in all of college hoops. Of course, Washington finished as a bottom-third shooting offense. The best metric coming out of last year for Washington was the Huskies' ability to limit assisted baskets from opponents. The Lumberjacks only averaged 10.8 of those per game in 2020-21, so shot creation could come at a premium for them on Thursday.
How to make Washington vs. Northern Arizona picks
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