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- Overall Record: 534-476-22
- Season Record: 95-89-4
Rhode Island vs Massachusetts, Over 154.5
- Massachusetts is 6-0 to the over this season. This will likely be another high scoring game at home for the Minutemen. They lack the experience and size to defend inside of the paint but can certainly score the basketball. The winner here should cruise to 80 points
- The Rams are averaging 74 points per game and I expect that number to continue climbing. Fatts Russell is finally finding his shot and enters tonight coming off three consecutive performances with at least 18 points. In an up tempo game like this he can really pour it on
- And one! When it comes to free throws per shot, both of these teams are top ten in the country. They have a knack for drawing fouls and converting them at the line. They are each getting over 23 percent of their total points with the clocked stopped. That is the recipe for an easy over
Arkansas vs Louisiana State, Over 160.5
- Arkansas is 8-3 to the over this season. They are coming off a 99 point performance against Georgia on Saturday and should not have a problem scoring against the Tigers. LSU has been just as hot, averaging 85 points per game and boasting the best offense in the SEC
- Cameron Thomas is a freshman sensation and the SEC’s leading scorer. He remains questionable for LSU this evening perhaps keeping this total lower than where it should be. However, the Tigers looked fine without him on Saturday and can likely score 80 here even without him on the court
- Arkansas is also dealing with injury as Justin Smith continues to miss time with an ankle. He is better at playing defense than offense and in his stead big man Vance Jackson has seen a jump in playing time. Jackson is far a more active shooter who has been red hot, going 7-11 from three in the Razorbacks last two games
Texas -2 vs Texas Tech
- This has become a great rivalry and usually a very difficult game to predict, but I believe Texas is the far better team. Shaka Smart has his squad thinking National Championship and at home tonight I am expecting them to get the job done. The Red Raiders will struggle playing this up tempo
- While Texas Tech is a respectable 10-3, those losses came against arguably the toughest opponents on their schedule. I consider them a good team but not a great team and their offense is too suspect for me to trust. I doubt they get by the Longhorns who allow just 63 points per game
- Mac McClung is the only consistent scorer for Chris Beard. If Texas can limit his opportunities here, I do not think the Red Raiders will have many open looks. The Longhorns are smothering and it isn’t like Texas Tech can just hoist up threes. I think they are held under 60 points tonight
Mississippi State -6.5 vs Texas A&M
- The spread will likely continue to widen a bit, so I would recommend betting this game early. The last time A&M won in Starkville was by a single point in 2016. I would not be surprised to see these Aggies finish with single digit wins this season, and they already have six
- The Bulldogs are winning by an average of 19 points per game at home this season. They have a good resume and their only conference loss thus far came in double overtime against Kentucky. They are the far more efficient team offensively of these two, ranking second in the SEC
- Texas A&M is 3-7 against the spread and have failed to cover by an average of six points per game. They are undersized in this matchup and I see the Mississippi State frontcourt giving them a lot of issues. Buzz Williams still has a long way to go with this program.
I am confident in every pick that I provide and play them myself. College basketball is unpredictable and that’s why we love it, so always bet smart!