College Basketball Picks - ATS Predictions
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Portland State will dictate the pace of this game and run the Road Runners out of town. Though Cal State Bakersfield has received more notoriety due to their accomplishments as of late compared to Portland State, the conditions in this contest are prime for the Vikings to win big regardless. Portland State comes on top by a significant margin.
Villanova should continue to get better as the season rolls along, but this isn't a great team at the moment. The Wildcats were a well-oiled machine at the end of last season, but the team isn't there yet. Kansas is almost impossible to beat at Allen Fieldhouse, and they will have a chip on their shoulder for this game. Look for the Jayhawks to make a statement with a huge win over Villanova on Saturday.
The Blue Raiders are a two-time defending Conference USA Regular Season Champion, and their reputation speaks for itself. This is a team that many have seen regularly appear in the Men's Basketball Tournament, but so far this season, it has not gone according to plan. Needless to say given what they are known as a heavy-hitting mid-major program, the Blue Raiders will feel a bit slighted as such a heavy dog against fellow mid-major brethren. This narrative will be a motivational tool that will give Middle Tennessee State enough juice to give Toledo a scare on their court.
An upset here is not out of the question given all the variables that come into the mix. However, in this predicament we are not looking for a win just a cover and chances are there are more points than we need to work with. Morehead State has played "bigger and badder" in far more hostile environments (Syracuse and UConn) this year, and this will be the difference maker in what will be a closer game than the line indicates.
The match-up dictates the play, and the market assessment of both teams allows Bowling Green to be offered at a bargain price. The Falcons will bully the Phoenix all over the court and could very well win this one by double-digits. All we are asked to do is spot a bucket, tremendous value.
Purdue looked overwhelmed in their Big Ten opener against Michigan, but playing at home should solve some of those issues. Maryland was able to open up conference play with a victory, but they were fortunate to beat Penn State. This should be a close game throughout, but Purdue has Carsen Edwards, and the Terrapins don't. Look for Edwards to lead his Purdue team to a Big Ten victory in this game.
After this contest, Fairfield will delve into MAAC play, and if they are able to do so with a record of 3-6 posting a win over a notable opponent, this will spur momentum for the Stags as they make their way through league play. Fairfield will treat this contest as something comparable to a post-season tournament fixture and seize the moment on their own floor. Given the fact both these teams like to shoot the three (Oakland is 27th in the country with a 40% three-point field goal percentage whilst Fairfield sits 37th with a 39.2% mark in that same department), the Golden Grizzlies are prone to a cold night given their road woes whilst the Stags can find their stroke with the home cooking. Given the high probability of such an event, Oakland can find themselves buried. Nevertheless, the end result of this overall competitive edge will lead to a comprehensive Fairfield victory where the Stags will cover a small allotment of points to spot.
The Billikens will likely be worth a look on the Money Line here at +140, but we'll take the conservative approach here and grab the points. The Billikens will mitigate the Bulldog offense and turn this affair into a defensive one. In such a scenario, Saint Louis has a tremendous advantage with some really good home cooking behind them.
Sacramento State by all indications should control the ebbs and flow of this game which means this one will be low-scoring and that makes the Over a bit of a risky play. When we also get to take back the Under at a great price this further warrants the action here.
This is the type of situation where an upset can very well happen. Be that as it may, we have plenty of points to work with here as Grand Canyon will create more opportunities for an offense that proliferates 83.8 points per game (58th in America). The Lopes will be an even tougher test for Seton Hall compared to the Saint Louis team they last played and lost to. Grab the points.
These rivalry games have been hard-fought as of recent and settled by a mere bucket in the last two occasions. The market has shape-shifted to reflect that, but fortunately for us, we have a low ceiling to bust through for a cover. Even if this game boils down to one possession, we have to like Eastern Illinois' prospects as their supporters can assuredly inject themselves to in the game to get EIU the one bucket it needs to get a win and cover while doing so. However, it won't likely come to that. This team is hungry for a win, and there is no better way to get off the snide than taking out woes on a most hated rival. Eastern Illinois will do just that.
No bucket will be needed as we can confidently trade away the points here and take The Tribe on the Money Line to enhance our return. The Flames are simply outmatched as the combination of costly errors, and lack of a presence in the paint will result in UIC being bullied on their own court. This contest has a W&M-orchestrated rout written all over it.
The low-hanging fruit here would suggest that an upset is very much primed to occur. For Kent State, they may treat this as a scrimmage to improve their shooting. On the contrary, Cleveland State may treat this contest as an NIT bid and throw the kitchen sink at the Golden Flashes. That in itself reinforces the upset potential.
Furthermore, despite failing to cover a high point total in its home opener, we see the Vikes taking back a mere bucket here. That number resonates because it makes Kent State look like easy money. However, there is no such thing. We’ll go ahead and trade away that bucket to enhance our return.
Targeting overreactions is what we champion. Villanova's dominant performance against Kansas combined with their overall ranking in this tournament makes the Wildcats a popular choice in this scenario. Moreover, Villanova was here just two years ago when they ended a long championship drought. For these reasons, the Wildcats will garner a lot of public enthusiasm. However, Michigan's defense gives them a chance to compete in every game they enter.
With this said, many are booking the Under by the fact the expectation is that defenses will determine the finality of this championship game. However, Michigan knows what kind of firepower Villanova's offense features and they will need to score points to keep this game close. Michigan has the personnel to make it rain from three-point land. Expect the Wolverines to, and in doing so, we will go ahead and take the Over here with an excellent price tag.
Targeting overreactions is a big part of our practice. After Kansas defeated Duke in what is nothing short of an instant classic, the public is bound to get aboard the Rock Chalk express. However, hard-fought overtime wins often set up teams for considerable let-downs in their follow-up. In KU's case, this could not have come against a tougher opponent. The Wildcats own advantages in every statistical department, excluding the bench. The Jayhawks are set up to be dominated on both sides of the court and also be outmuscled on the glass by Nova's frontcourt. Villanova has won nine straight games and looked every bit of what we look for in a tournament champion. The price is right for Nova here to cover big.
Everyone loves a Cinderella team. So far, Loyola-Chicago has fit the bill. The Ramblers have an opportunity to flirt with history here as it is seldom that an eleven seed makes it this far. Given the empowering story of the Ramblers, the public is bound to bet with their heart here. As much as we appreciate the sentiment, it is a dangerous position to take. Michigan's defense has been the catalyst for the Wolverines to win at will. This team is hitting its peak at the right time, and we get an opportunity to take them back here at a short price. Swallow the points.
If there were ever a better predicament to book an Under, this would have to be it. A 9.5-point steam move is one that is rarely seen by most in virtually any hoops game. In a game such as this one with two marquee teams in a highly-publicized outing, these lines are bound to be even sharper. Thus, the steam move would suggest that there is a substantial public overlay on the Over given the fact this contest is likely to get a lot of action due to its popularity. Both Kansas and Duke are two teams that know how to navigate this tournament well; chances are this one will be a game of possessions like the point spread entails. Grab the Under.
The talk of the tournament has been Michigan's defense. Some analysts have been as bold as to predict Michigan marching all the way to the Championship Game. However, we would not be so quick to pull the trigger. The Seminoles' resume speaks for itself. In back-to-back games, Florida State has dispatched a number one seed and last year's runner-up in this very tournament. Moreover, Florida State did it with style. The problem is Michigan has looked so good dating back to the BIG 10 tournament, so their stock is through the ceiling with the betting public. The opening line for this market is quite enticing given the low-hanging fruit. However, had Michigan stumbled anywhere along their recent winning streak there would be an entirely different narrative for this match? Clear-cut overreaction, take the points.
The Red Raiders have gone 4-1 in their last five games, and the improvement can be attributed to improved defensive play and especially in their last four holding their opponents to fewer than 70 points in all four. The Boilermakers are no slouch on defense either allowing 65.4 points per game this season. They may be without 7'2" foot center Isaac Haas, but Texas Tech doesn’t have a big man to take advantage of his absence if he doesn’t go. I would have liked to see a low 140 total line here, but with two the better defensive efficiency teams in this game the line does still offer some value.