As great it felt to bust out the broom on the man a few weeks back, it felt even worse suffering the reverse sweep with last Wednesday night’s college basketball picks after incurring sickening defeats with both West Virginia and Villanova as well as...
As great it felt to bust out the broom on the man a few weeks back, it felt even worse suffering the reverse sweep with last Wednesday night’s college basketball picks after incurring sickening defeats with both West Virginia and Villanova as well as the Louisville Cardinals who not only failed to cover the road chalk at Georgia Tech but lost outright; embarrassing! Seriously though, how the heck did Nova not cover the number against Marquette – hit a free throw for crying out loud! The main purpose of this piece is to pinpoint winners for all the college basketball betting fanatics out there, so let’s put the matchups under the microscope and see if we can’t fatten the bankroll up for Thursday’s action! Hopefully the basketball gods are much kinder this time around.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction
These teams last met up a few weeks ago in Madison Square Garden where the Wolverines logged the 69-63 win and cover as 1.5-point favorites. I was truly shocked by the end result of that matchup, but it looks like the maize and blue have rediscovered their groove in winning three of four since both SU and ATS. That win streak will however be put to the test in this spot against a Scarlet Knights outfit seeking redemption in a venue it’s yet to be defeated in once this season. On top of that, Geo Baker and his mates have gone a moneymaking 10-3-1 ATS there. Michigan hit 47 percent of its overall shots and drained 9 of 19 from deep versus the Scarlet Knights in MSG. Sorry, but that isn’t happening in the RAC! Look for Rutgers to come out with vengeance and even the season rivalry up – lay the short home chalk!
Duke Blue Devils vs. NC State Wolfpack Prediction
The Dookies have failed to cover five straight against the Wolfpack with the over cashing in each of the last six times these ACC rivals locked horns on the hardwood. Both of last year’s matchups averaged 176.5 points per game. While the Blue Devils roster is much different than it was a season ago, I think coach K’s kids are starting to come into their own at the offensive end of the floor. They just dropped 94 points on Notre Dame’s head; a defense very similar to what NCST brings with it to the table. On top of that, Duke’s defense has been slipping in allowing 88 or more points in two of its last five games. The Wolfpack possess a very capable and efficient offense (No. 49) that’s got some exciting pieces in C.J. Bryce, Markell Johnson and DJ Funderburk. Look for this to be a war all the way through with points denting the scoreboard with reckless abandon.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Houston Cougars Prediction
The last time these squads collided against one another, Tulsa battled back from a 5 point deficit with under a minute left to steal the 63-61 outright win and cover as 6-point home underdogs. The defeat put an end to the Cougars six game SU and ATS win streak. Caleb Mills and company won’t enter the rematch in a good mood either after dropping a tough 73-72 overtime decision at SMU to put it in danger of potentially coughing up the AAC lead with only five games remaining on the regular season docket. Even so, linemakers are going to demand you eat some heavy chalk with the home team on Hump Day night. Should that turn out to be the case, I’ll suggest rolling with the Golden Hurricanes who enter this matchup a game back and winners of two straight both SU and ATS. Tulsa put an end to a five-game losing streak and 1-4 ATS showings in those games in this year’s first meeting. It’s split its eight games outright when dogged while going a lucrative 5-3 ATS in those matchups. Most public bettors will be of the belief Houston’s a slam dunk in this rematch. While that might be the case, I’m going to pay up and force Kelvin Sampson’s troops to prove it to me first – take the points!