Cleveland State +19 @ Virginia:
It seems like suicide betting against Virginia. You’re talking about one of the deepest, best defending teams in the country. Timing is absolutely perfect for this game though. Virginia will surely overlook Cleveland State a bit, and it’s exam week. The Cavs have barely been able to fit in practices between finals and trying to get away for a day or two during the Holidays. Cleveland State played a low scoring drag out game with a Louisville team that may be the most athletic team in the country. We’ll get a similar type of ugly ball game here where the Vikings can hang around. Virginia 65 – Cleveland State 50.
South Alabama +14.5 @ Richmond:
Just a gut feeling on this one, but if you look at all their past games Richmond is a borderline very good team. They are close to beating solid teams like UNI, NC State, etc. But they aren’t there yet, and while South Alabama has struggled to win games, they’ve been competitive in all. In fact, USA has not lost a single game by more than 13 points this season. That includes a 12 point loss to Miami. For those of you that don’t know that’s a perfect 7 – 0 against this spread line. We’ll take those odds. South Alabama hangs around within 15 in a 69 – 60 loss.
Duke -10.5 vs. Uconn:
Nobody rallies the troops like Uconn. The scary part of this, as well, is Ryan Boatright has the ability to carry Uconn throughout this one. We feel like there’s too much Jahlil Okafor and too much Justice Winslow for Duke to blow this game though. End of the day, there’s firepower all over Duke, and Uconn doesn’t have the length of the Dukies. We’ll take the Blue Devils in a close cover 76 – 65. If you’re at all IFFY, follow our teaser below, it’s the much safer play.
Teaser of the Night: Ole Miss -3/Duke -5.5:
Ole Miss can still score the rock, as well as ever. The Rebs still have their issues on defense, but they’ve proven they can play good teams well. Wins over Creighton and Oregon definitely prove that. Coastal Carolina hasn’t shown us anything. A very average UCLA team blew them out by 13, and their best win is Auburn, who is awful. We’ll ride the home team to cover and knock the more athletic Duke squad down to 5.5.
Depaul +6 @ Oregon State:
All the Vegas odds numbers have this game as a 1 – 2 point game. Depaul’s lack of defense is always an area of concern, but Oregon State has offensive woes like you can’t believe. We like the talent on Depaul to a much greater degree. If this were neutral we’d be picking the Blue Demons all day. We don’t feel like home court is worth what the oddsmakers are giving the Beavers. We’ll take value in the points, and actually expect the big road upset. Depaul wins 73 – 56.