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College Basketball Betting Free Play: Bucknell Bison at Lehigh Mountain Hawks

01.11.2016     01:52 PM     Rob Veno     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Rob Veno

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Bucknell -1.5 at Lehigh O/U 154
Recommendation: Bucknell


Patriot League play has a ray of sunshine for Bucknell which has steamrolled their first four opponents by nearly 21 points per game. The Bison played admirably against the better non-conference teams they faced as well so perhaps it’s no surprise that the step down in class to league play has seen them flourish thus far. At North Carolina State, Bucknell shot 51.6% and lost just 99-86 and they also hung within eight of ACC member Wake Forest (lost 90-82) and lost by just four to Penn State 62-58. The high octane, 94-foot style of Bucknell has seen them become vulnerable on the defensive end allowing 1.03 points per possession. However, with four of the top six in their rotation shooting between 44-52.5% from the field, they’ve been able to easily outscore league opposition. Lehigh does not subscribe to the up-tempo philosophy but they’ve been dragged into it multiple times this season by teams who prefer running. The situation here of a home, conference game for Lehigh does suggest that they should somewhat be able to control the pace but not sure they can prevent Bucknell Read more



Tags: College Basketball Bucknell Bison Lehigh Mountain Hawks Rob Veno




College Basketball Betting: UNLV parts ways with head coach Dave Rice

01.11.2016     08:42 AM     Printer Friendly
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After losing five of its last six, UNLV decided what better time than the present to get rid of head coach Dave Rice. The Rebels had the talent and defense to not only compete but win what looks to be a watered down Mountain West Conference this year. But an inability to hold leads and win close games has them 0-3 in league play with three losses by a combined six points. Now, the team will look to assistant Todd Simon to help save a sinking ship. Simon's "promotion" however has been viewed by some as questionable, especially with veteran Max Good a part of the staff. Not much turnaround time with the Rebels playing host to New Mexico tomorrow evening.




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College Basketball Betting Free Play: UNLV Rebels at Wyoming Cowboys

01.09.2016     08:49 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Otto Sports

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UNLV at Wyoming +6.5 O/U 134
Recommendation: Wyoming


You have to be pretty bold to take UNLV as a medium-sized favorite on the road based on its pedigree. And what I mean by "pedigree" is a consistent inability to get out of its own way. This pretty much sums up who UNLV has become throughout the Dave Rice era: "It comes down to mental toughness," Rice said. "Mental toughness to make physical plays down the stretch that have to be made to win a college basketball game on the road. We put ourselves in position to win the game and gave it away. We've just got to count on our guys to make better plays than that." Talent wise, the Rebels could very easily be 12-4 and 2-0 in Mountain West play. Instead, they limp into a trip to Wyoming at 9-6 and 0-2 in league play. The Cowboys are in somewhat of rebuilding mode and sport one of the youngest teams in the country. It's a team that won't impress you visually but one that will undoubtedly get better as the season progresses. And in supporting the Pokes, it's not like we are asking them to do something that have yet to accomplish. Yes, they are 8-8 but wins over New Mexico State Read more



Tags: College Basketball UNLV Rebels Wyoming Cowboys OTTO Sports




College Basketball Handicapping: St. Mary's the last remaining undefeated team ATS

01.08.2016     08:42 AM     Printer Friendly
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The pointspread darlings of the college basketball season thus far have been the St. Mary's Gaels who have covered every lined game (12-0 ATS). It's a very young squad with six underclassmen in their rotation and no seniors. Despite that, they've put up some sick offensive numbers (63.4% eFG, 47.1% 3-pt., and 58.5% 2-pt.). They've also held nine opponents to 60 or less. SMC's schedule hasn't been all that challenging and they are projected to be favored in every regular season game the remainder of the way with the exception of a late February trip to Gonzaga. Up next, a trip to Pepperdine on Saturday. The Gaels are expected to be around an 8-point road favorite.




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College Basketball Gambling: Purdue not pleased with offensive efficiency

01.07.2016     07:16 AM     Printer Friendly
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Purdue may have arguably the best defense in the country but head coach Matt Painter ain't happy. Last week, the Boilermakers ran out to a 37-20 halftime lead against Iowa but proceeded to allowed 50 in the second half. It resulted in a 70-63 home loss. Painter said that it wasn't so much poor defense as it was poor offense that played a role in the meltdown. Purdue plays host to Michigan tonight.


"Our offense has been poor,"  Painter said. "We haven't taken care of the basketball and our shot selection hasn’t been great. Any time you're in transition more and you can’t set your defense, you're not going to be be as efficient."

"We had guys that didn’t play with poise; didn’t show their experience," Painter said. "Nothing that happened in the second half didn’t happen in the first half.  When there's something that needs to be adjusted, you make that adjustment at halftime. When you've held somebody to 20 points and

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Tags: College Basketball Purdue Boilermakers Michigan Wolverines




College Basketball Betting: Notre Dame seeks better defensive effort

01.07.2016     07:07 AM     Printer Friendly
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Skim through the defensive numbers of Ken Pom's top 50 and you don't see many teams allowing over a point per possession. In fact, only three hold the dubious honor, the worst of which Notre Dame. The Irish are surrendering 1.03 ppp which ranks 196th nationally. Last time out, Notre Dame allowed 77 points on only 58 possessions in a loss at Virginia. No better time than tonight to post a strong defensive effort with Boston College on the slate. The Eagles rank 298th in offensive efficiency.


“We need to raise it on the defensive end,” said junior guard Demetrius Jackson. “It's attention to detail. It's defense as a whole that we've got to get better at and use our abilities, our length and just be better on that end.”

“We've got to go out there and play defense as five, gotta play with more heart, just gotta play harder,” Colson said. “It was a huge reality-check.”






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College Basketball Free Betting Pick: Air Force Falcons at Wyoming Cowboys

01.06.2016     12:10 PM     Drew Martin     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Drew Martin

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Air Force +5.5 at Wyoming O/U 133.5
Recommendation: Air Force


Air Force heads to Wyoming to take on the Cowboys in a Mountain West matchup pinning two very different approaches. Wyoming has fallen on tough times of late dropping their last four games as it sports the forth youngest roster in the nation. They are welcoming in a 10-4 Air Force team who has not lost in Laramie since the 1998 season. Air Force has transitioned its offense a bit of late in response to the almost strictly zone defense it has seen. Since the switch forward Hayden Graham has been flashing to the free throw line and the Falcons have been running their offense through him. Graham has excelled in his increase role averaging 15.4 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Wyoming defensively ranks amongst the bottom nationally in steal percentage; they just cannot turn anyone over and there’s no reason to think that would change tonight against a Falcons squad that typically values possessions. This is Wyoming first home game in nearly a month but even accounting for the uptick in play, there simply isn’t much of any difference between these two squads. Better times are on the horizon for Read more



Tags: College Basketball Air Force Falcons Wyoming Cowboys Drew Martin




College Basketball Betting Free Play: Seton Hall Pirates at Villanova Wildcats

01.06.2016     09:38 AM     Andrew Lange     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Andrew Lange

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Seton Hall at Villanova
Recommendation: Over 66 1st half


Villanova's offense looked like a well oiled machine in Big East wins over Xavier and Creighton. The Wildcats hit a combined 51-of-64 from two and 19-of-43 from three. They can score from all over the court and have an endless array of offensive weapons. Seton Hall has been serviceable on the offensive end with 83 and 78 point efforts in wins over Marquette and DePaul. Both games also featured a fair amount of pace with 80 and 72 possessions respectively. What I don't buy is any of Seton Hall's defensive numbers as multiple metrics indicate the schedule has been extremely favorable in terms of its opponent's offensive potency. In fact, six of their foes are currently averaging less than a point per possession. The Pirates allowed 1.09 ppp in Big East play last season which means we can put little stock into their current output of 0.94 (32nd nationally). Tonight serves as a massive step up in class considering Villanova ranks sixth in offensive efficiency despite struggling from beyond the arc to start the season. You do have to be concerned about Villanova's ability on the defensive end which Read more



Tags: College Basketball Seton Hall Pirates Villanova Wildcats Andrew Lange




College Basketball Handicapping: Florida hanging its hat on defense

01.06.2016     08:47 AM     Printer Friendly
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Some good quotes from Florida head coach Michael White on his team's strengths and weaknesses. The Gators are the only team in Ken Pom's top 25 outside the top 100 nationally in offensive efficiency. In fact, of the 25 teams, UF ranks 107th (1.06) and the next closest is Purdue at 54th (1.09). Where Florida makes up for it is on the defensive end with the fourth-best defensive efficiency in the country (0.90). But perhaps tonight offers a decent chance for the Gators to put the ball in the bucket. Against its last four power conference opponents, Tennessee allowed 82 (Nebraska), 94 (Butler), 86 (Gonzaga), and 83 (Auburn).


“When we’ve approached games where we’ve spent too much emphasis on offense — where maybe you have guys, again, new to a staff, new to a style, new plays, seven new players — when we’re thinking about scoring, how many shots I can get tonight or how many I can score, certain things like that with an inexperienced team, it has set us up for poor performances in the

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College Basketball Betting Free Play: UCF Knights at East Carolina Pirates

01.02.2016     08:42 AM     Otto Sports     Printer Friendly
Submitted by Otto Sports

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UCF at East Carolina -4 O/U 139
Recommendation: Under


UCF's numbers are a little skewed because they played a handful of wild, high scoring affairs against teams that push the pace and don't play defense (see: Detroit, Stetson, and Davidson). But that's not their identity. Donnie Jones' teams have always been fairly slow and prefer to play zone. Following last week's 67-50 loss to George Washington, Jones had this to say: "I thought when we got in there in the second half that we would slow down, calm down," Jones said. "I thought we had good energy early on, but I think our spirit got broke there a few times when we were struggling to score and when you've got a young basketball team, these guys got to understand that it starts on the defensive end. You have to get stops. That's how you get back into the flow." That's not the quote of a coach who wants his team playing games in the 70's. Like UCF, ECU has played a bunch of "over" teams like Charlotte and UNC Wilmington. They've also played more moderately paced, defensive oriented squads as well (see: Cal, San Diego State, Ark-Little Rock, James Madison) and Read more



Tags: College Basketball UCF Knights East Carolina Pirates OTTO Sports



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