Wayne Root - Auburn vs Northwestern

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Handicapper
Wayne Root
League
NCAAB
Competition
Auburn vs Northwestern
Time
11/23/2022 08:30 PM
Bet Type
Point Spread
Pick
Auburn -6.5 (-110) (Consensus Odds 3)
Outcome
Loss
Analysis
Root Reserve on Auburn Neutral court games can have the tendency to go to the better team the deeper you go. Auburn had their way with a Bradley team that stepped up in class, and just wasn't ready. With the Tigers shooting well and running an effective offense in this tournament, I expect them to continue to pound the rock down low and capitalize on the high percentage shots. Any offensive boards will set up great kick-out opportunities for step in threes. Northwestern was able to pick up the slack with Buie, and we gotta imagine Auburn will run a similar scheme to try and shut down Buie again. Northwestern had to claw back into their win against Liberty. Auburn was able to effectively get what they want. Auburn is a fast offense and we saw what happened when Bradley tried to impose their will, they still couldn't stop the Tigers and they were forced to hasten the the tempo to try and close the gap. Auburn looks very strong on defense and they could easily score 80 in this one. Auburn draws fouls well and they are also allowing opponents to shoot 18 free throw attempts as well. Auburn should dictate the pace here, and I expect this offense to stay locked in. We simply can't trust a Northwestern bench to put up 25+ points against this much better and more physical Auburn Tiger defense. Lay the number with Auburn.

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