Seattle is still a relatively unknown D1 program led by a familiar face in former UCLA Bruin Cameron Dollar. They are one of 4 independents in college hoops and have the worst record of the bunch at just 2-6.
Seattle Redhawks (2-6) vs Utah State Aggies (4-5)
Saturday December 17
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
*CBB ATS Matchup Report*
To date their best showing was against a well thought of Harvard team that has been in and out of the rankings.
They lost by only 10 to a team that is very likely going to earn a tournament bid one way or the other.
Usually small time schools are led by guards but the opposite is true for Seattle. Their top three scorers are in the frontcourt including Eric Wallace who is averaging close to a double-double. Don’t be fooled into thinking these are a bunch of trees though.
The Redhawks have mainly wing sized players being forced into action in the paint. Against teams with legit size they are going to really struggle.
But they can run and play up tempo basketball.
The Utah State Aggies are not accustomed to having so many losses so early in the season. This team lost a lot of veterans from last year and is just looking to round into shape so they can once again dominate in the WAC.
That might not be such a slam dunk proposition like it has been in the past but they have already beaten BYU and hung with a good Wichita State team so there is hope.
Plus this team is killer at home.
Utah State’s best player is guard Brockeith Pane. He is leading the Aggies in scoring even though he is shooting just terribly – 38% from the field.
They have been lucky that guard Preston Medlin has emerged. He didn’t play at all last year but with increased playing time he has performed well and is averaging 12ppg.
If he can keep it up and Pane improves they might have the top backcourt in the WAC.
That would help because UTSU doesn’t get much out of what little size it has.
UTST are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Sat. games.
UTST are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.
Score Prediction: Utah State 73 – Seattle 61