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Picks for Best Games on Sunday, November 9th

Picks for Best Games on Sunday, November 9th

Today is going to be a fun day of College Basketball as we will have a big game between Gonzaga and Tennessee. There will be a couple of other games of note, here are my picks for today’s games. 

Arizona at Alabama

1 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Alabama -3

Pick: Arizona

Against the Spread: Arizona 

Final Score Prediction: Arizona 76 Alabama 73

VCU at Virginia

PM ET on the ACC Network

Line: Virginia -15

Pick: Virginia

Against the Spread: No pick

Final Score Prediction: Virginia 63 VCU 48

Gonzaga vs. Tennessee

3 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Gonzaga -3.5

Pick: Tennessee 

Against the Spread: Tennessee

Final Score Prediction: Tennessee 73 Gonzaga 68

Grand Canyon vs. Nevada

5:30 PM ET on ESPNU

Line: Nevada -10.5

Pick: Nevada

Against the Spread: Nevada

Final Score Prediction: Nevada 103 Grand Canyon 78

Purdue at Texas

6 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Purdue -2

Pick: Purdue

Against the Spread: Purdue

Final Score Prediction: Purdue 64 Texas 58

Yesterday’s Picks: 9-2-3

Year to date: 105-85-8

Bracketology: Wolf Pack are still undefeated

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Updated December 8th, 2018

Midwest Region (Kansas City)East Region (Washington DC)
1.Kansas (Des Moines)1.Virginia (Columbus)
16.South Dakota State16.Bethune-Cookman/ LIU Brooklyn
8.Nebraska8.Iowa
9.Arizona9.Texas
4.Kentucky (Seattle)4.St. John’s (Tulsa)
13.Montana13.Murray State
5.Buffalo5.NC State
12.Radford12.Georgia State
3.Florida State (Jacksonville)3.Michigan State (Hartford)
14.Lipscomb14.Northeastern
6.Villanova6.North Carolina
11.Maryland11.UCLA/ Georgetown
2.Michigan (Columbus)2.Tennessee (Columbia)
15.Vermont15.Rider
7.Oklahoma7.Indiana
10.Arkansas10.Iowa State
South Region (Louisville)West Region (Los Angeles)
1.Duke (Columbia)1.Gonzaga (Seattle)
16.Colgate16.UC Santa Barbara/ Stephen F. Austin
8.Houston8.TCU
9.Mississippi State9.Creighton
4.Ohio State (Hartford)4.Virginia Tech (Salt Lake City)
13.Marshall13.Bradley
5.Kansas State5.Arizona State
12.Furman12.VCU
3.Texas Tech (Tulsa)3.Wisconsin (Des Moines)
14.Texas Southern14.Harvard
6.Marquette6.Syracuse
11.Clemson11.Xavier/ LSU
2.Auburn (Jacksonville)2.Nevada (Salt Lake City)
15.Wright State15.New Mexico State
7.Louisville7.Purdue
10.Cincinnati10.Washington

First Four Out: Minnesota, Butler, Florida, Notre Dame

The Next Five: West Virginia, UCF, Northwestern, Colorado, Temple

Picks for Best Games on Saturday, December 8th

Picks for Best Games on Saturday, December 8th

Today is a big day of College Basketball as we will have plenty of rivalry games between two teams from different conferences. There are also a few other quality matchups to watch that aren’t rivalry involved, here are my picks for tonight’s games. 

South Carolina at Michigan

Noon ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: Michigan -18

Pick: Michigan

Against the Spread: Michigan

Final Score Prediction: Michigan 82 South Carolina 56

Michigan State at Florida

Noon ET on CBS

Line: Michigan State -2

Pick: Michigan State

Against the Spread: Michigan State

Final Score Prediction: Michigan State 68 Florida 65

Pittsburgh at West Virginia

Noon ET on ESPN2

Line: West Virginia -10

Pick: West Virginia

Against the Spread: West Virginia

Final Score Prediction: West Virginia 84 Pittsburgh 69

Depaul at Northwestern

Noon ET on the Big Ten Network

Line: Northwestern -7

Pick: Northwestern

Against the Spread: Northwestern

Final Score Prediction: Northwestern 74 DePaul 59

Kentucky vs. Seton Hall

Noon ET on FOX

Line: Kentucky -6

Pick: Kentucky

Against the Spread: Kentucky 

Final Score Prediction: Kentucky 76 Seton Hall 67

Wichita State at Oklahoma

Noon ET on ESPNU

Line: Oklahoma -6.5

Pick: Oklahoma

Against the Spread: Oklahoma

Final Score Prediction: Oklahoma 91 Wichita State 78

St. Joseph’s  at Villanova

2 PM ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: Villanova -11

Pick: Villanova

Against the Spread: Villanova 

Final Score Prediction: Villanova 77 St. Joseph’s 62

Xavier at Cincinnati

2 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Cincinnati -7

Pick: Cincinnati 

Against the Spread: No pick

Final Score Prediction: Cincinnati 72 Xavier 65

Louisville at Indiana

2:30 PM ET on FOX

Line: Indiana -6.5

Pick: Louisville

Against the Spread: Louisville 

Final Score Prediction: Louisville 76 Indiana 73

Georgetown at Syracuse

3:30 PM ET on ESPN

Line: Syracuse -11

Pick: Syracuse

Against the Spread: Georgetown

Final Score Prediction: Syracuse 74 Georgetown 65

Loyola-Chicago vs Maryland

4 PM ET on the Big Ten Network

Line: Maryland -9.5

Pick: Maryland

Against the Spread: Maryland

Final Score Prediction: Maryland 75 Loyola-Chicago 62

Clemson vs. Mississippi State

4 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Mississippi State -3

Pick: Mississippi State

Against the Spread: Mississippi State

Final Score Prediction: Mississippi State 67 Clemson 62

Wisconsin at Marquette

5 PM ET on FOX

Line: Even

Pick: Marquette 

Against the Spread: Marquette

Final Score Prediction: Marquette 76 Wisconsin 74

Creighton at Nebraska

6 PM ET on the Big Ten Network

Line: Nebraska -6

Pick: Nebraska

Against the Spread: Nebraska

Final Score Prediction: Nebraska 83 Creighton 72

Florida State vs Uconn

6:30 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Florida State -9

Pick: Florida State

Against the Spread: No pick

Final Score Prediction: Florida State 78 Uconn 69

Notre Dame at UCLA

10:30 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: UCLA -6.5

Pick: Notre Dame

Against the Spread: Notre Dame

Final Score Prediction: Notre Dame 78 UCLA 72

Yesterday’s Picks: 1-2-1

Year to date: 96-83-5

Bracketology: Updates in the Middle

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Updated December 7th, 2018

Midwest Region (Kansas City) East Region (Washington DC)
1.Kansas (Des Moines) 1.Virginia (Columbus)
16.South Dakota State 16.Bethune-Cookman/ LIU Brooklyn
8.Arizona 8.Nebraska
9.Creighton 9.Mississippi State
4.Kentucky (Seattle) 4.St. John’s (Tulsa)
13.Montana 13.Murray State
5.NC State 5.Kansas State
12.St. Louis 12.Georgia State
3.Florida State (Jacksonville) 3.Michigan State (Hartford)
14.Lipscomb 14.Northeastern
6.Marquette 6.Villanova
11.Maryland 11.Clemson
2.Michigan (Columbus) 2.Tennessee (Columbia)
15.Vermont 15.Rider
7.Oklahoma 7.Louisville
10.USC 10.Washington
South Region (Louisville) West Region (Los Angeles)
1.Duke (Columbia) 1.Gonzaga (Seattle)
16.Colgate 16.UC Santa Barbara/ Stephen F. Austin
8.Iowa 8.Houston
9.Texas 9.Iowa State
4.Ohio State (Hartford) 4.Arizona State (Salt Lake City)
13.Marshall 13.Bradley
5.Buffalo 5.Virginia Tech
12.Furman 12.Radford
3.Texas Tech (Tulsa) 3.Wisconsin (Des Moines)
14.Texas Southern 14.Harvard
6.North Carolina 6.Syracuse
11.Xavier/ LSU 11.TCU/ Georgetown
2.Auburn (Jacksonville) 2.Nevada (Salt Lake City)
15.Wright State 15.New Mexico State
7.Indiana 7.Purdue
10.Cincinnati 10.Arkansas

First Four Out: UCLA, Minnesota, Butler, Florida

The Next Five: Providence, Notre Dame, West Virginia, UCF, Northwestern

Picks for Best Games on Friday, December 7th

Picks for Best Games on Friday, December 7th

Tonight will have the triple-header of games that everyone is looking forward to, headlined by Arizona State playing Nevada. This is all part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic in the Staples Center. Here are my picks for all three of those games as well as one other game to watch. 

Umass at Providence

7 PM ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: Providence -9

Pick: Providence

Against the Spread: Providence

Final Score Prediction: Providence 89 Umass 74

St. Mary’s vs. New Mexico

7 PM ET 

Line: St. Mary’s -8.5

Pick: St. Mary’s

Against the Spread: St. Mary’s 

Final Score Prediction: St. Mary’s 87 New Mexico 70

TCU vs. USC

9:30 PM ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: TCU -2

Pick: USC

Against the Spread: USC

Final Score Prediction: USC 78 TCU 72

Nevada vs. Arizona State

Midnight ET on ESPN2

Line: Nevada -6

Pick: Nevada

Against the Spread: Nevada

Final Score Prediction: Nevada 87 Arizona State 76

Yesterday’s Picks: 1-2

Year to date: 95-81-4

Bracketology: Texas on the downfall

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Updated December 6th, 2018

Midwest Region (Kansas City) East Region (Washington DC)
1.Kansas (Des Moines) 1.Virginia (Columbus)
16.South Dakota State 16.Bethune-Cookman/ LIU Brooklyn
8.Nebraska 8.Purdue
9.Creighton 9.Texas
4.Kentucky (Seattle) 4.St. John’s (Tulsa)
13.Montana 13.Murray State
5.NC State 5.Kansas State
12.St. Louis 12.Georgia State
3.Florida State (Jacksonville) 3.Michigan State (Hartford)
14.Lipscomb 14.Northeastern
6.Marquette 6.Villanova
11.Washington 11.Clemson
2.Michigan (Columbus) 2.Tennessee (Columbia)
15.Vermont 15.Rider
7.Oklahoma 7.Louisville
10.Arkansas 10.Maryland
South Region (Louisville) West Region (Los Angeles)
1.Duke (Columbia) 1.Gonzaga (Seattle)
16.Colgate 16.UC Santa Barbara/ Stephen F. Austin
8.Houston 8.Arizona
9.Mississippi State 9.Iowa
4.Ohio State (Hartford) 4.Arizona State (Salt Lake City)
13.Marshall 13.Bradley
5.Buffalo 5.Virginia Tech
12.Furman 12.Radford
3.Texas Tech (Tulsa) 3.Wisconsin (Des Moines)
14.Texas Southern 14.Harvard
6.North Carolina 6.Syracuse
11.Xavier/ LSU 11.TCU/ Georgetown
2.Auburn (Jacksonville) 2.Nevada (Salt Lake City)
15.Wright State 15.New Mexico State
7.Indiana 7.Iowa State
10.Cincinnati 10.USC

First Four Out: UCLA, Minnesota, Butler, Florida

The Next Five: Providence, Notre Dame, West Virginia, UCF, Northwestern

Picks for Best Games on Thursday, December 6th

Picks for Best Games on Thursday, December 6th

Tonight is going to be slow, however, there are two pretty good games to watch as Maryland will head to Purdue, while the battle of Iowa will take center stage tonight. Here below are my picks for tonight’s games. 

Maryland at Purdue

7 PM ET on the Big Ten Network

Line: Purdue -7

Pick: Purdue

Against the Spread: Maryland

Final Score Prediction: Purdue 78 Maryland 74

Charlotte at Wake Forest

7 PM ET on the Big Ten Network

Line: Wake Forest -11

Pick: Wake Forest

Against the Spread: Charlotte

Final Score Prediction: Wake Forest 84 Charlotte 77

Iowa State at Iowa

8 PM ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: Iowa State -1

Pick: Iowa State

Against the Spread: Iowa State

Final Score Prediction: Iowa State 74 Iowa 69

Yesterday’s Picks: 3-6

Year to date: 94-79-4

Bracketology: Florida and Oklahoma win Jimmy V Classic games

Bracketology by Jonathon Warriner

Updated December 5th, 2018

Midwest Region (Kansas City) East Region (Washington DC)
1.Kansas (Des Moines) 1.Virginia (Columbus)
16.South Dakota State 16.Bethune-Cookman/ LIU Brooklyn
8.Purdue 8.Oklahoma
9.Arizona 9.Mississippi State
4.Kentucky (Seattle) 4.St. John’s (Tulsa)
13.Montana 13.Murray State
5.NC State 5.Kansas State
12.St. Louis 12.Georgia State
3.Florida State (Jacksonville) 3.Michigan State (Hartford)
14.Lipscomb 14.Northeastern
6.Marquette 6.Villanova
11.TCU/ Georgetown 11.LSU
2.Michigan (Columbus) 2.Tennessee (Columbia)
15.Vermont 15.Rider
7.Syracuse 7.Louisville
10.Cincinnati 10.Maryland
South Region (Louisville) West Region (Los Angeles)
1.Duke (Columbia) 1.Gonzaga (Seattle)
16.Colgate 16.UC Santa Barbara/ Stephen F. Austin
8.Houston 8.Iowa State
9.Creighton 9.Iowa
4.Ohio State (Hartford) 4.Arizona State (Salt Lake City)
13.Marshall 13.Bradley
5.Buffalo 5.Virginia Tech
12.Furman 12.Radford
3.Texas Tech (Tulsa) 3.Wisconsin (Des Moines)
14.Texas Southern 14.Harvard
6.North Carolina 6.Texas
11.Xavier/ Washington 11.Clemson
2.Auburn (Jacksonville) 2.Nevada (Salt Lake City)
15.Wright State 15.New Mexico State
7.Indiana 7.Nebraska
10.USC 10.Arkansas

First Four Out: UCLA, Butler, Florida, Providence

The Next Five: Minnesota, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Northwestern

Picks for Best Games on Wednesday, December 5th 

Picks for Best Games on Wednesday, December 5th 

Today is going to be a full slate of games, as there will be games taking place for seven straight hours. While the level of games may not be that great, there still will be a few great games to watch, here are my picks for tonight’s games. 

Ohio State at Illinois

7 PM ET on the Big Ten Network

Line: Ohio State -5.5

Pick: Ohio State

Against the Spread: Ohio State

Final Score Prediction: Ohio State 82 Illinois 73

Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt

7:30 PM ET on the SEC Network

Line: Vanderbilt -13

Pick: Vanderbilt

Against the Spread: Middle Tennessee

Final Score Prediction: Vanderbilt 74 Middle Tennessee 65

VCU at Texas

8 PM ET on ESPNU

Line: Texas -9

Pick: Texas

Against the Spread: VCU

Final Score Prediction: Texas 69 VCU 63

St. Louis at Southern Illinois

8 PM ET on ESPN+

Line: Southern Illinois -4

Pick: St. Louis

Against the Spread: St. Louis

Final Score Prediction: St. Louis 76 Southern Illinois 64

Oklahoma State at Tulsa

8 PM ET on CBS Sports Network

Line: Oklahoma State -1

Pick: Oklahoma State

Against the Spread: Oklahoma State

Final Score Prediction: Oklahoma State 75 Tulsa 68

Temple at Villanova

8:30 PM ET on Fox Sports 1

Line: Villanova -10

Pick: Villanova

Against the Spread: No pick

Final Score Prediction: Villanova 74 Temple 64

Nebraska at Minnesota

9 PM ET on the Big Ten Network

Line: Nebraska -3

Pick: Nebraska

Against the Spread: Nebraska

Final Score Prediction: Nebraska 78 Minnesota 67

South Carolina at Wyoming

9 PM ET 

Line: South Carolina -5

Pick: Wyoming

Against the Spread: Wyoming

Final Score Prediction: Wyoming 78 South Carolina 67

TCU at SMU

10 PM ET on ESPNU

Line: TCU -1

Pick: SMU

Against the Spread: SMU

Final Score Prediction: SMU 78 TCU 73

Washington at Gonzaga

11 PM ET on ESPN2

Line: Gonzaga -15

Pick: Gonzaga

Against the Spread: Gonzaga

Final Score Prediction: Gonzaga 97 Washington 68

Yesterday’s Picks: 3-5

Year to date: 91-73-4 

Teams that have impressed/ disappointed in the first month of the season

Teams that have impressed/ disappointed in the first month of the season

This article is looking at the results of the first month of the season and seeing what teams have played well this season to the surprise of many, I then will look at the teams who have gotten off to rough starts and are disappointing so far this season, I will do five teams from each category.

Five teams who have surprised 

Michigan: The Wolverines went to the National Championship last year, however, they lost three of their top four leading scorers so most everyone had Michigan outside the Top-15 and a couple of people didn’t even rank them in the preseason. This team has overachieved to a great extent already this season. First, they went into Villanova and beat the defending champions 73-46, they’ve since won the Hall of Fame Classic by beating Providence 66-47. This past week they then beat two ranked teams at home, as they beat North Carolina 84-67, then beat Purdue 76-57. Ignas Brazdeikis has been sensational to start the season, as he leads the team in scoring, Charles Matthews has been a consistent scorer, while Jordan Poole has made the step forward most expected. On the defensive end, Jon Teske has become one of the best shot-blockers in the country, while Zavier Simpson has is maybe the best defender in the country, as he shuts down opposing guards with ease. This defense has been sensational thus far, that added with an improved offense and you have a really good team.

Wisconsin: The Badgers have been a pleasant surprise to start the season as they have started 7-1, with that one loss coming to Virginia in the Battle 4 Atlantis Championship game. Ethan Happ has been an All-American player thus far this season, as he is scoring, rebounding and passing at a high level. His skills make him one of the toughest guards in the country. D’Mitrik Trice has also been sensational to start the season, as he’s averaging more than 17 points per game while shooting 58 percent from three. Brad Davison does all the little stuff to help them win. Their big three, combined with a solid bench has allowed this team to go from unranked in the preseason to Top-15 in the country.

Texas Tech: This team has been impressive to start the season, as they are 7-0, which includes wins over USC, Nebraska, and Memphis all on neutral courts. Jarrett Culver has been spectacular to start the season, as he is averaging 19 points per game, while he looks poised to get drafted this season. Transfers, Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens have provided the veteran experience they have needed to be good. The biggest surprise might have come from Davide Moretti, who has emerged as the teams starting point guard, filling in almost seamlessly for Keenan Evans. This team didn’t come in with a lot of talent in the preseason, however, they are tough on the defensive end, and have enough offensive talent to score at a high level.

Ohio State: Ohio State has started the season 7-1, which includes wins at Creighton and at Cincinnati already, while they started the season number one in the new NET ranking. Kaleb Wesson has taken the step needed to be a great player, as he is averaging 14.5 points per game. Senior CJ Jackson provides the scoring and experience needed to run the point guard position effectively.  The freshmen duo of Duane Washington Jr. and Luther Muhammad have been great thus far this year. The Buckeyes also have multiple guys who can lead this team in scoring that currently come off the bench. This team has been great thus far this season and head coach Chris Holtmann is one of the best coaches in the sport.

Furman: The Paladins have been great so far this season, as they are currently undefeated, which includes wins on the road at two of last years Final Four teams in Loyola-Chicago and at Villanova. The Paladins season has been filled with special moments thus far this season. The Paladins went on the road and beat Loyola-Chicago 60-58, with the game being decided on a game-winning posterization by Clay Mounce. Guard, Jordan Lyons tied an NCAA record when he hit 15 threes against North Greenville. The Paladins then went on the road and beat Villanova 76-68 in overtime. These results have now gotten Furman into the AP Top-25, while they are now currently the favorites to win the Southern Conference.

Five teams who have disappointed

North Carolina: The Tar Heels entered into this season with National Championship expectations, however, thus far this season they haven’t looked good. They started 5-0 but they then struggled in Las Vegas by losing to Texas, then needing a second-half charge to beat UCLA. The Tar Heels looked good for about 10 minutes at Michigan but they then got run off the court by the Wolverines, eventually losing 84-67. Roy Williams has not seen great play from preseason ACC Player of the year Luke Maye, while Williams refuses to start projected Top-3 pick Nassir Little, which is very dumb in my opinion. This team is far from a finished product and will probably rebound to finish in the top-3 in the ACC but their start to the season has been pretty bad.

Villanova: The defending National Champions lost four of their top-six scorers to the NBA, so the expectation was that this would be a down year for Villanova, however, no one could have seen a start this bad coming. The Wildcats played Michigan at home as part of the Gavitt Games and they lost 73-46, which showed the first flashes of what was to come. They then turned around and lost a home game to a Furman team that wasn’t even projected to finish in the top-two of the SoCon preseason. The Wildcats rebounded next week to win the AdvoCare Invitational, which I guess showed some light in what has been a dark start to their season.

Florida: The Gators were a pretty consensus Top-25 team heading into the preseason, and personally I thought this team had a chance to be a backdoor Final Four level team. The thought was that KeVaughn Allen and Jalen Hudson would both be elite scorers, while the point guard production out of Andrew Nembhard would be good, and then they would get just enough from their bigs to win games. Well thus far this year, Hudson and Allen have been terrible, Andrew Nembhard and other role players have been decent but that’s not enough to win against good opponents.  Thus far this season the Gators have one double-digit averaging scorer and that has been Deaundre Ballard, which is less than ideal. The Gators right now have lost at Florida State by 21, and to Oklahoma and Butler in the Battle 4 Atlantis, which has led to a 4-3 record on the season.

Miami: The Hurricanes started the season as well as you could have wanted as they went 5-0, they had a good shot to beat Seton Hall in the Wooden Legacy to move to 6-0, however, since then it has been a disappointment for the Hurricanes, as they lost 83-81 to the Pirates, then followed that up with home losses to Rutgers and Yale. This team has been hurt by the FBI Investigation as Dewan Hernandez has yet to play this season, he was expected to make a big impact inside. Meanwhile, they are very undersized and have trouble against teams with more size at the guard position.

Oregon: The Ducks started the season as a Top-15 team in the preseason, however, with a 4-3 start to the season, this team lands on the disappointment list. This team lost to Iowa in the 2K Classic, however, they rebounded to beat a good Syracuse team, so it wasn’t a total bad result for the Ducks. The bad part of the season then came when the Ducks lost back to back games, first against Texas Southern 89-84, then losing 65-61 at Houston. Bol Bol and Payton Pritchard are the only real threats on offense, while playing three bigs with Paul White, Kenny Wooten, and Bol Bol all at the same time is a big issue floor spacing and also defensively. This team thus far this season doesn’t look like a tournament team, much less a Top-15 team like the preseason polls had them.

 

 

 

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