College Basketball Betting Free Pick: SIU-Edwardsville Cougars at Washington State Cougars
FREE PICK: SIU-Edwardsville Cougars at Washington State Cougars
#749 First Half OVER 73.5
It’s going to be very interesting to see how Washington State handles the transition from non-conference to PAC-12 play. Thus far, the Cougars have played a laughably easy schedule and that continues tonight with a home game vs. 331st-ranked SIU-Edwardsville. The common theme for Ernie Kent’s squad thus far has been pace and points. They’ve netted 90 points or more in four of their five games including Monday’s 94-80, 85-possession win over Rider.
SIU-Edwardsville hasn’t played any top-tier power 5 schools but did face a handful of solid mid-major outfits. The results weren’t good with only one DI win coming against 342nd-ranked Incarnate Word. Defense was a major issue with all eight opponents scoring a point per possession or more including D2’s Harris Stowe. All told, SIUE’s allowed 60.4% eFG% and 42.5% on 3-pointers which doesn’t bode well for tonight considering Washington State has arguably the best offensive talent and ability of any team they’ve faced to date. Also note that SIUE has played a lot of slower paced teams (Pacific, Valpo, Western Illinois, Southern Illinois, and Incarnate Word). The one time they went up against a squad that likes to push the pace like Wazzu, SIUE lost 94-82 to Winthrop.
Concerned a little bit about this game bogging down and getting ugly in the second half with SIUE playing for the second time in three nights. I ended up with a bet on the first half over.