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All plays on favorites are to win the stated number of units and all plays on dogs are risking the stated number of units.
YTD Record: 0-0-0, +0.00 units
St. John’s at Rutgers
Under 134 (-110, 2 units)
If you like watching poorly executed half court sets and tons of missed jumpers then this might be your game of the night. This St. John’s team is extremely scrappy this year; they can flat out get it done on defense, especially against inferior opposition. On the offensive end, they are still a work in progress. As of matter of fact, both of these teams are very raw and unpolished offensively. Rutgers has standout sophomore guard Dante Rosario, but outside of him they are extremely thin and have no true inside scoring presence. 6’11” center Hamady Ndiaye from Senegal was supposed to be a trustworthy cog in the middle for the Scarlet Knights, but after watching him numerous times last year and a few times this year, he’s quite simply a huge stiff that never really developed. Both of these teams leave a lot to be desired in terms of offensive prowess. Look for this to be a very slow and ugly game with lots of turnovers and missed shots. This total probably should’ve been set somewhere in the mid to upper 120’s, so at 134 playing this under is a no-brainer.
Kansas St. at Nebraska
Kansas St. -3 (-110, 1 unit)
It’s not often that I play small chalk on the road, but in this case I think Kansas St. is by far the better team. Nebraska is about as Plain Jane as they come. They only have one player averaging in double figures, and that is senior guard Ryan Anderson who averages a whopping 10.7 per contest. The Cornhuskers just don’t have the talent to hang with the Wildcats tonight, who should be hungry and motivated after losing 2 of their last 3 games. I think Kansas State comes out and makes a statement tonight by rolling the Cornhuskers in impressive fashion.
TCU at BYU
TCU +19.5 (-110, 1 unit)
Early in the season I had some success backing this TCU team, but in the last 2 months the Horned Frogs have become the epitome of mediocre. They’ve lost 3 in a row and seem to have lost their identity of late. They have 2 guards that average in double figures, Moss and Ruzgas, plus a capable Croatian big man in the paint, 6’9” senior forward Zvonko Buljan, who is averaging a respectable 13 and 9. This TCU team lacks flair, but has enough size and talent to hang with BYU tonight. BYU is clearly the more complete squad, but I like TCU in this spot as a huge road dog coming off 3 straight disappointing losses. I don’t see any reason why the Horned Frogs can’t keep the game within 15 or 16 points tonight.