Wednesday, December 31, 2014

College Basketball Picks - December 31, 2014

Minnesota PK @ Purdue.  I think the Gophers are more than a 3 point favorite on a neutral floor.

Penn State +19 @ Wisconsin.  This line's a bit insulting to a 12-1 team.

Princeton +5 @ Wake Forest.  Not my most objective pick ever but Wake is bad enough to justify it.

Temple +7 @ Connecticut.  Not sure 7 points is justifiable between these two teams based on their bodies of work so far.

Memphis -11.5 v. Houston.  Tigers have gotten it together after the embarrassing Oklahoma State performance at home.

Vanderbilt -4 @ Saint Louis.  You know that Mississippi State team that lost by 19 at home to McNeese State last night?  They beat Saint Louis by 25.

Butler +11 @ Villanova.  Disappointing to see a double digit spread on the best Big East game of the day.  Then again the best Big East game of the day may be happening as I type this out (Seton Hall/St. John's.)

Loyola Chicago -7.5 v. Bradley.  Porter Moser!

Nebraska -3.5 v. Indiana.  This is just TOO trappy of a line.

Northeastern +5.5 @ Richmond.  I mean, they're less spots apart in KenPom (4) than this line.

Illinois State -10 v. Indiana State.  The ISU Bowl should kick off Valley play on New Year's Eve every year.

Kansas State -2.5 v. Georgia.  What the hell is this game?  This is more a fading of the Bulldogs away from Stegman Coliseum.

Brown +12 @ Rhode Island.  Please make "Champions of Rhode Island" shirts if you win this game, Brown.

SMU -16.5 v. South Florida.  Slowly - slowly - coming around on SMU.

San Diego State -13.5 v. Air Force.  Air Force needs to start being a factor in the Mountain West again.  The league needs their home court advantage just like it needs New Mexico's and UNLV's and BYU's

George Mason +19 @ Oklahoma.  Another weird ass game.  And a weird ass spread to boot.

Marquette -4.5 @ DePaul.  Golden Eagles need to be thinking NCAA Tournament again, which means no messing around here.

Southern Illinois -3 v. Missouri State.  This used to be a battle of Valley powers, now it's also rans.  Sad.

Wichita State -16.5 @ Drake.  There have been times where the Shockers have been even more dominant on the road in Valley play than at the Koch Center.  They relish being everyone's best shot.

Syracuse -17 v. Cornell.  A nice pasting is what the Orange need to kick start them in to 2015.

New Mexico -9.5 v. Fresno State.  Another non objective pick that I'm banking on the Bulldogs being bad enough to cover me.

Creighton +5.5 @ Providence.  Like the Friars straight up but this should be close.  Big time bubble game - potentially - to close out 2014.

Wyoming -7 v. UNLV.  Those young Rebels having to head out to God's country to face that defense?  That won't be fun.

Boise State +8 @ Colorado State.  Another one where I'm guessing there's not this much space between the two teams but CSU's home court advantage may make it blow up in my face.  Does anyone have more pronounced home court advantages than the Mountain West?

Utah State -19 v. San Jose State.  SJSU would be another great candidate for not just its football program but its entire athletic program closing up shop.  The state of California doesn't need to bankroll that crap anymore.

Georgetown +5.5 @ Xavier.  Get the sense that these two might be going in opposite directions.

Wofford +22.5 @ Duke.  A whole bunch of teams worse than the Terriers have been able to cover against the Blue Devils.  Of course that means Duke's probably crushing and killing these guys but oh well.

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