UNLV +13 vs. Arizona:
This is a tough task, considering how fantastic Arizona is on the defensive end. The one thing we don’t like has been the, up and down, inconsistency on the offensive end for the Wildcats. Arizona didn’t look anymore spectacular on the road against UTEP. UNLV has a flat out net scorcher in Rashad Vaughan. Playing in Vegas we expect Arizona to get the Rebels’ best shot. Stat of the day, the road team in these contests is 0 – 4 – 1 in their last 5 Against The Spread. Arizona wins 71 – 63 in Vegas.
George Mason +5.5 @ Wright State:
Two extremely even teams, and yes the home team is getting the points, simply because they’re at home. The beauty of this one is we already have proof from George Mason that they’re ready to go for these types of contests. The Patriots already put up hard fought contests against Old Dominion and UNI, in similar scenarios. George Mason steals this one on the road 68 – 63 Patriots.
BYU -9.5 vs. UMASS:
BYU shoots the rock fantastically at home. You’re looking at a UMASS team that couldn’t hang with Providence at MSG. Now they’re going to travel out to Utah and put up a great performance? One of the most boring places to play in the country? The Cougars take this one big, as travel and the Holidays is proving too much for UMASS. BYU 85 – UMASS 70.
Teaser of the Day: Dayton -1/Texas -5.5:
Texas is one of the deepest, most athletic teams, in the country. Stanford can put up points, as can the Longhorns. Too much Isaiah Taylor for the Cardinal. Texas wins 78 – 68. We like the over the most in that contest. Dayton and Georgia Tech should be close, which makes us wonder if pushing the Yellowjackets up to 11 would’ve been smarter. That being said, Dayton is stellar at home, and Jordan Sibert has been dominant this season. We’re riding the Flyers at home for the win.
Texas vs. Stanford Over 126.5:
Both teams are putting up over 70 points, per game. Stanford doesn’t have the size that Texas does, which means easy buckets for the Longhorns. Points might be tough to come by for the Cardinal, but we know Chasson Randle will get his. We think Texas is too much for Stanford. Texas scores 80 in this one, which makes the over a safe play. Texas 81 – Stanford 58.
Louisville vs. Cal State Northridge Under 138.5:
There’s alot to love about this pick. First of all, no Montrezl Harrell on the floor. The Cardinals best scorer, defender, and all around player will be out. There’s an impact loss on the scoring end, we don’t care who they’re playing. Secondly, Northridge struggles to score against most teams. The Matadors only put up about 66 points a night, currently. This is Louisville they’re playing. Rick Pitino will have his boys pressing end to end. If the length and athleticism won’t stop the easy buckets (which it will), the fatigue of running the floor for 40 straight minutes will. The only small worry is if louisville decides to drop 90 points on the board. Otherwise, we don’t expect CSN to even put up 60. Louisville wins 85 – 48.