SMU Mustangs Vs Cincinnati Bearcats Betting Picks, NCAAB Predictions

College Basketball Odds – SMU Mustangs at Cincinnati Bearcats Game Preview

Written by Adam Markowitz of North Shore Sports, INC

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The last day of college basketball’s regular season kicks off at high noon on Sunday, and there isn’t a team which is going to need a big win as the Cincinnati Bearcats. The best news for Mick Cronin’s team? There probably isn’t a team which has a better opportunity to get that big win either. The SMU Mustangs are playing their last game of the season, and their motivation will certainly come into question without a postseason tournament to play in.
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SMU really doesn’t match up well in this game against the Bearcats. The Mustangs don’t like to be slowed down or have their possessions limited, but they’re going to end up having to play by that standard in this game.
The Mustangs can say what they want about playing for pride and all of that, but playing this last game on the road is going to be tough, and it’ll take some senior leadership to give them a shot in this one.
That means getting really good games out of Markus Kennedy and Nic Moore. Moore has seemed to trail off of late, scoring just 12 points against Memphis and five against Tulane, and we wonder if he’s checked out. He’s averaging 16.1 points per game, and he’s the man who is often the sparkplug for this offense.
It’s pretty clear that Cincinnati just has to keep SMU from going nuts from three-point land to have a really good shot in this one. The Mustangs are awesome shooters from long range, knocking down 42.7 percent from deep this year, but they only went 5-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first clash of the season between these two.
The Bearcats actually have the best defense in the land when it comes to defending against two-point shots. You wouldn’t know that based on the fact that SMU went 17-of-28 on two-point attempts in the first clash, but the simple fact remains that this is the key to covering this game.
With Shaq Thomas and Farad Cobb questionable with injuries, Gary Clark, Jacob Evans and Troy Caupain will have to use their size and length to frustrate the SMU sharpshooters. If the defense feeds everything down to Octavius Ellis, we have confidence that the big man will be able to clean things up.
It amazes us how many games Cincinnati wins without getting into the 70s on offense in this day and age of the three-point shot ruling the roost. The Bearcats didn’t win the first duel of the year, but they did give SMU as good of a game as it got on its home floor in a 59-57 defeat.
The Mustangs probably aren’t going to have as much success from inside the arc as they did in that first game, and if they don’t end up shooting the lights out of the gym at Fifth Third Arena from deep in this one, we think they’re going to struggle and finish up their campaign with their fifth loss.
The win should, for all intents and purposes, remove any doubt of Cincinnati being in the field of 68 no matter what happens in the AAC Tournament next week in Orlando.
Cincinnati 62, SMU 59

College Basketball Odds, Mississippi St Bulldogs at Texas A&M Aggies Picks

College Basketball Odds – Mississippi St Bulldogs at Texas A&M Aggies Game Preview

Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC

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The No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies got a big win against Kentucky on Saturday to lift their profile for the NCAA tournament. Now the Aggies have to just not slip up the rest of the season against a toothless schedule that starts off with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who are just 5-9 in SEC play.
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Mississippi St has won back-to-back games to pull itself out of the cellar in the SEC and in the process seriously harmed the chances of Vanderbilt and Alabama to qualify for March Madness. The Bulldogs would love to play the role of spoiler again, but a win against the Aggies would be their biggest of the season.
Gavin Ware is the playmaker for the Bulldogs and leads the team in both points and rebounding. Ware had solid games in Mississippi State’s wins over Alabama and Vanderbilt, knocking down 62.5 percent of his shots and 12 points against the Crimson Tide and putting up an 18-13 in the win over the Commodores.
He is hitting 63 percent of his shots from the field and his ability to put the ball in the bucket always gives the Bulldogs a fighting chance.
The Aggies were fortunate to get the win against Kentucky in part due to a questionable technical foul assessed against the Wildcats, but they’ll take it and are now just a game behind for first place in the SEC.
Texas A&M’s star player this season has been Jalen Jones, but he has been helped immensely by Tyler Davis and Daniel House. Jones and House have very similar stat lines to complement each other very well. Davis meanwhile is one of those big men who doesn’t take many shots, but is extremely effective when he does, hitting 65.6 percent of his field goal attempts on the season.
Against Kentucky, House had a poor game, converting just a pair of his 13 shots from the field, but Jones was there to pick up the slack. He put up 24 points and eight rebounds to help the Aggies take this one, while Davis also had a great game in the paint grabbing nine offensive rebounds.
If Texas A&M’s big three can play at that level again, the Bulldogs will have little to no chance of upsetting the Aggies.
Mississippi St. is 14-9 ATS on the season but just 4-4 ATS on the road. The Bulldogs have covered three of their last five though including winning two games outright as underdogs. The over has hit in five of Mississippi State’s eight road tilts on the year.
The Aggies have been a very solid team in College Station. Texas A&M owns a 7-3-1 ATS record as hosts and covered three of its last four at home. During that stretch they beat two Top 25 teams, Kentucky and Iowa State, showing how tough it is to win in Reed Arena. The under has also been a good bet in Aggies’ games with it cashing in 14 of their 22 overall games played.
The Bulldogs may be on a little bit of a run, but it will end when they face the Aggies on Wednesday. Texas A&M is too big, too strong, and has something to play for. The fans have given them a decided home court advantage and between that and the talent gap, the Aggies will win this one decidedly.
Texas A&M 79, Mississippi St. 64

Texas A&M Aggies Vs Vanderbilt Commodores Odds, NCAAB Betting Picks

College Basketball Odds – Texas A&M Aggies at Vanderbilt Commodores Game Preview

Written by Adam Markowitz of North Shore Sports, INC

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The Vanderbilt Commodores were always supposed to have one of the most talented teams in the SEC. They’ve been horribly disappointing the whole year though, and there’s a real chance they won’t get into the NCAA Tournament. They’ll have an opportunity to get a signature win on Thursday at home against the Texas A&M Aggies.
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Whereas Vandy has underachieved, Texas A&M has really overachieved. This is a team known for its defense, and the numbers don’t lie. The Aggies have played against a ton of high-flying teams this year, the most recent of which was Iowa State. However, the club is allowing an average of 64.1 points per game, and rare is the team which shoots much better than 40 percent against it.
What’s really impressive about the Aggies though, is their efficiency when it comes to scoring. It shouldn’t be shocking that the Aggies took out ISU as a part of the SEC/Big XII Challenge, but what was so shocking about the win was that they found a way to get 42 points on the board in the second half without playing too much of an up-and-down game like the Cyclones would’ve wanted.
The recipe really is simple for the Aggies. Danuel House and Jalen Jones need to score. Alex Caruso and Tonny Trocha-Morelos need to come up big on the glass. Tyler Davis needs to bang in the paint and score on most of his opportunities.
That’s the formula which has worked thus far this season, and we see no reason why the Aggies would have to deviate from that to beat Vanderbilt.
It’s all gone wrong for the Commodores on the offensive end of the court. Damian Jones and Luke Kornet were supposed to be double-double threats every single night, while Wade Baldwin IV was thought of as a man who could average 20 points per game if he was at his best.
Jones has had some moments of brilliance for sure, but Kornet has been a massive disappointment offensively, while Baldwin has been far too inconsistent in spite of the fact that he’s the Commodores’ leading scorer.
Vandy is averaging a relatively healthy 76.0 points per game, but we haven’t seen this team top 60 in three straight games against similar foes. This game isn’t going to be played at an up-tempo pace at all, and if the Commodores get slowed down once again as we expect, how are they going to score in the high-60s at least, if not the low- to mid-70s?
That’ll be the answer they have to find if they’re to cover this one.
After losing on the road against Texas by 14 and Kentucky by 19, we really just wonder if the Commodores are ever going to get it right. Sure, they beat Florida at home by a point, but for the most part, they haven’t been good against the best teams on the docket, and we really don’t see that changing all that much.
Texas A&M has been workmanlike all year long, and another good performance out of its backcourt parlayed with a decent game defensively to keep Kornet and Jones in check should be enough to get the Aggies out of Nashville with a ‘W’.
Texas A&M 69, Vanderbilt 62

NCAA Basketball Predictions, Notre Dame Fighting Irish Vs Syracuse Orange Picks

College Basketball Odds – Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Syracuse Orange Game Preview

Written by Adam Markowitz of North Shore Sports, INC

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Two particularly hot teams for bettors will be on the docket together on Thursday night at the Carrier Dome. The Syracuse Orange have covered four straight, while the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 2-1-1 ATS and 4-0 SU since losing their fifth game of the season.
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The Fighting Irish managed to crush Boston College on Saturday in spite of the fact that Demetrius Jackson left after playing just two minutes. The news is relatively good about his hamstring, as it’s only a pull, but it’s doubtful that he ends up suiting up on Thursday for this one.
If that’s the case, there will be a ton of pressure on Bonzie Colson to replace him. Colson though, has been on fire, scoring a total of 62 points in his last three games combined, and he’s been great on the glass as well.
Notre Dame is going to have to take advantage of the extra bulk it has on the court with Colson. Sure, Jackson and Colson are basically the same size, but Colson plays a heck of a lot bigger and averages 7.0 rebounds per game.
It’s strange to think that this might be a big advantage to not have Jackson, but Colson could be massive when it comes to breaking down that 2-3 zone.
The Orange have played much better offense in general with Jim Boeheim back on the bench after serving his suspension, especially in clutch moments. That’s why road games against both Wake Forest and Duke were won.
Even if that last game on Sunday versus Virginia was lost by eight, Syracuse has proven that it’s back and is ready to go on a run here with four straight games to be played at home.
The key to covering this one is going to be getting good contributions from all six of the regulars on the floor. Boeheim has made it a point to really only use Malachi Richardson, Trevor Cooney, DaJuan Coleman, Michael Gbinije, Tyler Roberson and Tyler Lydon.
All six really need to have an impact on the game in some way, shape or form.
Against Virginia, Richardson and Gbinije really dominated the scoring, putting up 47 of the 65 points scored, and that isn’t the right recipe in our eyes for covering games when the Orange are laying points.
There’s a bit of a concern here about the Orange giving points for the first time in a game against a comparable team since losing in overtime at home against Clemson back on January 5.
However, we really think the absence of Jackson could be problematic even if Colson does play a strong game for the Irish.
You need to have both inside and outside shooting to beat the 2-3 zone, and we’re afraid that Steve Vasturia and V.J. Beachem won’t be able to knock down enough 3-point shots to completely break a defense which has really found its stride in recent weeks.
Syracuse 76, Notre Dame 68