Auburn vs. Wisc-Milwaukee - 11/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisc-Milwaukee Panthers (21-14) at Auburn Tigers (14-16)
College Basketball: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm (Auburn Arena)
The Line: Auburn Tigers -11 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
The Auburn Tigers and Milwaukee Panthers face off on Friday in Las Vegas as they play their first games of the 2014-2015 Men’s college basketball seasons.
The big news for the Auburn Tigers comes at Head Coach where Bruce Pearl was hired and after a few years in the broadcast booth and a few years for the stigma of the recruiting scandal at Tennessee to wear off. With Pearl Auburn is already starting to see the influx of talent and one of the big players coming in is Antoine Mason who transfers in from Niagara where he averaged 25.6 points per game last season. K.T. Harrell returns and he hopes to build off of last season where he averaged 18.3 points per game and Tahj Shamsid-Deen is back as well and he averaged 9.5 points per game. Overall Auburn shot just 31 percent from beyond the three-point arc last season a number they will need to improve on. Cinmeon Bowers is a Juco transfer and a top tier player who should see immediate minutes and K.C. Ross-Miller transfers in from New Mexico State and should get some playing time at point guard. Throw in a top recruiting class and Auburn appears to already be poised to be on their way back to relevance in SEC hoops.
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The Milwaukee Panthers won the Horizon League Championship last season and made it to the NCAA Tournament losing to Villanova in the first round but they won’t be going back to the big dance this year as they are being penalized for a low Academic Performance Rate. Milwaukee had two big departures from last season in Kyle Kelm and their best player Jordan Aaron. Matt Tiby showed last season he could play and he should be the top scoring option this season and point guard Steve McWhorter is the leader on the court and is the glue that holds it all together. 6’6” junior guard Austin Arians is another starter that is going to have to carry a lot of the load as the other two projected starters, Akeem Springs and JJ Panoske, haven’t shown much. It will be tough for Milwaukee to be inspired with no chance of the post season but they have the option to treat every game like the post season but even then it is unlikely they will duplicate last year’s success.
Auburn is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 non-conference games, 1-5 against the spread in their last six home games, and 1-9 against the spread in their last 10 Friday games. Milwaukee is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games, 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, and 2-7 against the spread in their last nine Friday games.
I see Auburn as being improved but I don’t see them being improved out of the gate enough to cover this number so while it is game one so just a lean I will take Milwaukee.