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The first round of the Midwest Region of the ​NCAA Tournament features a ​Friday matchup between the No. 9 Washington Huskies (26-8) and the No. 8 Utah State Aggies (28-6). The Aggies are riding the momentum of a Mountain West Tournament title, while the Huskies stumbled in the Pac-12 Tournament with a 20-point loss to the Oregon Ducks. Utah State is a 3-point favorite, according to ​FanDuel Sportsbook.

It's always good to get the opinion of an expert before placing a bet, so here's what some from around the industry are saying about this matchup. 

Washington vs Utah State Predictions

Picks And Parlays

The Picks And Parlays crew is going with the Aggies in this one. The Huskies sputtered to close the season and went 0-4 ATS, so they're expecting Utah State to win and cover. 

Scores & Stats

The folks at Scores & Stats are expecting a strong win by the Aggies as well. They think Utah State's defense could prove problematic for Washington, so they are expecting an Aggies' win, 76-67. 

Hero Sports

The Hero Sports crew is following suit with the other experts. They like the Aggies to win and narrowly cover, predicting a 77-73 victory. 

ESPN Basketball Power Index

The ESPN BPI seems to agree with the experts, giving Utah State a 57.1-percent chance at grabbing the win. 

So we have all three experts predicting a straight-up win and cover by the Utah State Aggies. ESPN BPI likes the Aggies to come away with the moneyline victory.

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