Picks for Best Games on Friday, November 16th
Today is another day where we will see day basketball, as games start at 11 AM ET. The Charleston Classic, 2K Empire Classic, Myrtle Beach Invitational, and Paradise Jam should present some quality games. Here are my predictions for each of those games.
Northeastern vs. Virginia Tech
11 AM ET on ESPN2
Line: Virginia Tech -7
Pick: Virginia Tech
Against the Spread: Virginia Tech
Final Score Prediction: Virginia Tech 76 Northeastern 67
Game Outlook: This game should be close but ultimately I think the talent from Virginia Tech will allow them to win this game.
UCF vs. St. Joseph’s
1:30 PM ET on ESPN2
Line: UCF -1
Against the Spread: No pick
Final Score Prediction: UCF 73 St. Joseph’s 72
Game Outlook: Both teams looked really good, I think it should be a close one with either team having a chance to win.
Syracuse vs. Oregon
4:30 PM ET on ESPN2
Line: Oregon -.5
Against the Spread: Syracuse
Final Score Prediction: Syracuse 66 Oregon 60
Game Outlook: This game should be low scoring as both teams play good defense, I think the experience of Syracuse lifts them to a win.
Uconn vs. Iowa
6:30 PM ET on ESPN2
Line: Iowa -4.5
Against the Spread: Uconn
Final Score Prediction: Uconn 75 Iowa 70
Game Outlook: In the 2K Classic Championship game no one saw coming, Uconn and Iowa will matchup in what looks to be a good game, I think the Garden crowd will favor Uconn, I think they take advantage of that winning a close game.
Purdue vs. Davidson
6:30 PM ET on ESPNU
Against the Spread: Purdue
Final Score Prediction: Purdue 78 Davidson 67
Game Outlook: Carsen Edwards and Purdue continue to dominate in non-conference play, I think they get tested but they win handily.
St. John’s at Rutgers
7 PM ET on the Big Ten Network
Line: Rutgers -2.5
Pick: St. John’s
Against the Spread: St. John’s
Final Score Prediction: St. John’s 83 Rutgers 78
Game Outlook: Rutgers has looked good thus far this year, while St. John’s hasn’t yet. I think it will be close but I’ll trust St. John’s to win this game.
Kansas State vs. Eastern Kentucky
7:30 PM ET on ESPN+
Line: Kansas State -19.5
Pick: Kansas State
Against the Spread: Eastern Kentucky
Final Score Prediction: Kansas State 62 Eastern Kentucky 49
Game Outlook: Kansas State has been really tough on the defensive end thus far this year but they are struggling on offense, I think a similar result holds in this game.
Ole Miss at Butler
8 PM ET on Fox Sports 2
Line: Butler -9.5
Against the Spread: Butler
Final Score Prediction: Butler 76 Ole Miss 63
Game Outlook: In this game I expect Butler to win, it’s just a matter of by how much.
Western Kentucky vs. West Virginia
9 PM ET on ESPNU
Line: West Virginia -8
Pick: West Virginia
Against the Spread: Western Kentucky
Final Score Prediction: West Virginia 81 Western Kentucky 79
Game Outlook: This game should be competitive and fun to watch, I’ll give the edge to the Mountaineers but I could see it going the other way.
Yesterday’s results against the spread: 7-2
Yesterday I went 7-2, with the only losses coming from the games in Madison Square Garden.
Season results against the spread: 29-21