Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday Night College Hoops Picks

Let's keep this college basketball money train rolling! I recapped last night's winners in the other post, so I'll get right into the games - and we have 2 steals tonight.

#10 Kansas @ Georgetown, 7pm, Fox Sports 1
Notable games for Kansas: beat URI 76-60, Tennessee 82-67, and #20 Michigan State 61-56 (all three on a neutral court), coming off a 71-65 win at home over Florida
Notable games for Georgetown: beat #18 Florida 66-65 in OT and lost to #2 Wisconsin 68-65 and Butler 64-58 (all three on a neutral court), coming off a 78-46 home win over Towson
Line: Kansas +2.5

This is a joke. Easiest bet of the day. Georgetown stinks - they beat a Florida team that stinks and they kept it close against Wisconsin in the best game the Hoyas will play all season - and they still lost. The main reason Kansas is getting points here (mind-boggling) is because Wisconsin is better than Kansas and the Badgers only won by 3. A smaller reason is KU junior forward Jamari Traylor was arrested this weekend for interfering with a police officer. Jamari is good for 19.1 minutes, 3.3 points, and 3.9 rebounds so far this year. His minutes will go to freshman Cliff Alexander and sophomore Landen Lucas, and Perry Ellis is going to have to avoid foul trouble. Georgetown has a lot of depth at forward, but Kansas is the better team.

Pick: Kansas +2.5

Rhode Island @ Providence, 7pm
Notable games for URI: beat #21 Nebraska 66-62 (OT) at home, lost 76-60 to #11 Kansas and 64-61 to Georgia Tech (both neutral court), coming off a 75-43 win against Southern Miss
Notable games for Providence: won their first six against Albany, Binghamton, Navy, FSU and Notre Dame (neutral courts), and Yale; then lost 58-38 at Kentucky, 69-60 at Boston College, and 77-67 at home to Brown
Line: Providence -3.5

It's almost like whoever set this line mixed up the teams. Providence stinks. They just lost to 5-6 Brown who have not beaten (besides Providence) a team that you have ever heard of. The Rams have beaten the teams they were supposed to and lost to two solid major-conference teams on neutral courts. Throw in that this is basically a home game for both teams because it's being played in downtown Providence (the capital of Rhode Island). I might even like this pick more than Kansas.

Pick: Rhode Island +3.5

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