<![CDATA[NCAA BB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[San Jose State vs. Santa Clara - 12/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/12/03/san-jose-state-vs-santa-clara-12/3/16-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Santa Clara Broncos will travel to the Event Center (San Jose St.) to take on the San Jose State Spartans this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Santa Clara Broncos lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 3-5 on the season after being defeated by the UC Irvine Anteaters, 58-55, this past Wednesday. Santa Clara fought back from a 55-45 deficit to make it a 58-55 game with 1:28 left to play however, couldn’t get another bucket to get the come from beyond victory.  Santa Clara struggled defensively as they allowed UC Irvine to shoot 54.5% from the field and 60.0%…

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The Santa Clara Broncos will travel to the Event Center (San Jose St.) to take on the San Jose State Spartans this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Santa Clara Broncos lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 3-5 on the season after being defeated by the UC Irvine Anteaters, 58-55, this past Wednesday. Santa Clara fought back from a 55-45 deficit to make it a 58-55 game with 1:28 left to play however, couldn’t get another bucket to get the come from beyond victory.  Santa Clara struggled defensively as they allowed UC Irvine to shoot 54.5% from the field and 60.0% (6-10) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Broncos was Jared Brownridge who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Santa Clara is averaging 67.5 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Broncos are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Santa Clara has been led by Jared Brownridge (20.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Jarvis Pugh (13.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 spg), Nate Kratch (8.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg), and Matt Hauser (8.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 6.4 apg). Defensively, Santa Clara is allowing their opponents to average 68.1 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. Santa Clara has a rebound margin of -7.4 and a turnover margin of 3.1.

The San Jose State Spartans won their 2nd straight game and improved to 3-3 on the season after defeating the Idaho Vandals, 58-49, this past Tuesday. San Jose State was outstanding defensively throughout the game and held off the Vandals after taking a 52-47 lead with 4:45 remaining. San Jose State held Idaho to 34.0% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 17-9 margin. Leading the way for the Spartans was Ryan Welage who had 15 points and 7 rebounds. On the season, San Jose State is averaging 75.7 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Spartans average 7.5 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Jose State has been led by Brandon Clarke (15.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Ryan Welage (14.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 spg), Jaycee Hillsman (10.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg), and Jalen James (8.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg). Defensively, San Jose State is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 44.7% shooting. San Jose State has a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of 3.2.

The Broncos are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 road games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games.

Santa Clara has shot the ball well from beyond the arc this season however, the Broncos are very thin up front and have had trouble putting points up on the board as Santa Clara ranks just 302nd in scoring offense. San Jose State is a young team still rebuilding however, the Spartans do have some solid players in Brandon Clarke and Ryan Welage. San Jose State is heading in the right direction however, Santa Clara should be able to slow down the Spartans offense and as I think the Broncos three-point shooting will keep this one close, I’m going to take Santa Clara and the points. 

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:32:04 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66014
<![CDATA[Saint Louis vs. Kansas State - 12/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/12/03/saint-louis-vs-kansas-state-12/3/16-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Kansas State Wildcats will travel to Chaifetz Arena to take on the St. Louis Billikens this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Kansas State Wildcats improved to 6-1 on the season after defeating the Green Bay Phoenix, 80-61, this past Wednesday. Kansas State went into halftime with a 37-29 lead and used an early 8-0 run in the 2nd half to put away the Phoenix. Kansas State was outstanding on the defensive end as they held Green Bay to 35.5% shooting from the field and 25.9% (7-27) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Barry Brown who had…

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The Kansas State Wildcats will travel to Chaifetz Arena to take on the St. Louis Billikens this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Kansas State Wildcats improved to 6-1 on the season after defeating the Green Bay Phoenix, 80-61, this past Wednesday. Kansas State went into halftime with a 37-29 lead and used an early 8-0 run in the 2nd half to put away the Phoenix. Kansas State was outstanding on the defensive end as they held Green Bay to 35.5% shooting from the field and 25.9% (7-27) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Barry Brown who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Kansas State is averaging 76.1 ppg on 49.4 shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 39.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Barry Brown (14.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.4 spg), Wesley Iwundu (13.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.6 apg), Kamau Stokes (10.6 ppg, 3.1 apg, 1.6 spg), and D.J. Johnson (10.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg). Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.1 ppg on 36.8% shooting. Kansas State has a rebound margin of 5.4 and a turnover margin of 2.1.

The Saint Louis Billikens lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 2-4 on the season after being defeated by the Samford Bulldogs, 68-64, this past Tuesday. Saint Louis went into halftime down by a 39-28 margin and although they cut the lead 61-60 margin with just under two minutes remaining, the Billikens could never get the lead in the 2nd half. Saint Louis struggled defensively as they allowed Samford to shoot 45.3% from the field and 50.0% (8-16) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Saint Louis was Mike Crawford who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. On the season, Saint Louis is averaging 68.2 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Billikens are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Louis has been led by Davell Roby (12.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.5 apg), Jermaine Bishop (12.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.8 apg), Reggie Agbeko (11.7 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.2 bpg), and Make Crawford (8.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.5 apg). Defensively, Saint Louis is allowing their opponents to average 75.3 ppg on 42.8% shooting. The Billikens have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of -1.7.

The Wildcats are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. A-10 opponents however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Billikens are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 23-48-1 ATS in their last 72 games overall.

Kansas State has been one of the best defensive teams in the country as they rank 15th in the country in scoring defense and 18th in defensive FG%. Saint Louis is currently in rebuilding mode under 1st year head coach Travis Ford and as I just don’t see how the Billikens will be able to have success on either side of the court, I’m taking the Wildcats to cover this spread. Take Kansas State to cover. 

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:57:10 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=66002
<![CDATA[Siena vs. Fairfield - 12/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/12/03/siena-vs-fairfield-12/3/16-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Fairfield Stags will travel to the Times Union Center to take on the Siena Saints this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Fairfield Stags won the 2nd straight game and improved to 5-1 on the season after defeating the Rider Broncs, 76-67, this past Thursday. Fairfield used an 11-1 run in the 1st half to help take a 42-35 halftime lead and was able to hold at least a 5-point lead throughout the 2nd half. Fairfield shot 40.7% from the field and 33.3% (7-21) from beyond arc. Leading the way for the Stags was Tyler Nelson who had 38 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. On…

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The Fairfield Stags will travel to the Times Union Center to take on the Siena Saints this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Fairfield Stags won the 2nd straight game and improved to 5-1 on the season after defeating the Rider Broncs, 76-67, this past Thursday. Fairfield used an 11-1 run in the 1st half to help take a 42-35 halftime lead and was able to hold at least a 5-point lead throughout the 2nd half. Fairfield shot 40.7% from the field and 33.3% (7-21) from beyond arc. Leading the way for the Stags was Tyler Nelson who had 38 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Fairfield is averaging 75.2 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Stags average 7.0 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. On the season, Fairfield has been led by Tyler Nelson (20.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg), Curtis Cobb (14.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), Jerome Segura (10.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.8 apg, 1.5 spg), and Amadou Sidibe (8.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg). Defensively, Fairfield is holding their opponents to an average of 68.5 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. Fairfield has a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of -1.3.

The Siena Saints lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 2-5 on the season after being defeated by the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, 81-74, this past Wednesday. Siena played St. Bonaventure tough and was down by a 74-73 margin with a minute left, but allowed the Bonnies to finished the game on a 7-1 run. Siena shot 39.7% from the field and lost the turnover margin by a 19-14 margin. Leading the way for the Saints was Brett Bisping who had a double-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Siena is averaging 74.4 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Saints average 6.4 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Siena has been led by Marquis Wright (19.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.3 apg), Nico Clareth (14.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3), Javion Ogunyemi (13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.4 bpg), and Lavon Long (12.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.0 apg). Defensively, Siena is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 46.1% shooting. Siena has a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

The Stags are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Saints are 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up loss and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games.

Fairfield has a great backcourt in Tyler Nelson and Curtis Cobb however, have struggled a bit with turnovers on the young season as they rank 246th in the country in turnover margin at -1.3. Siena might have a 2-5 record, however, the Saints have played a real competitive out-of-conference schedule to start the season and should end up being the team to be in the MAAC with all five starters returning from last year’s 21-13 team. Fairfield has had a nice start to the season but Siena will be a much tougher challenge than the teams they’ve faced this season, and I think the Saints and their experience will be able to cover this mid-range spread at home. Take Siena to cover. 

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:38:19 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65993
<![CDATA[Toledo vs. Green Bay - 12/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/12/03/toledo-rockets-vs-green-bay-phoenix-12/3/16-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to Savage Arena to take on the Toledo Rockets this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Green Bay Phoenix lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-4 on the season after being defeated by the Kansas State Wildcats, 80-61, this past Wednesday. Green Bay struggled offensively and couldn’t fight back after the Huskies used an 8-0 run to start the 2nd half to take 45-29 lead. Green Bay shot just 35.5% from the field and 25.9% (7-27) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Turner Botz who had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist,…

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The Green Bay Phoenix will travel to Savage Arena to take on the Toledo Rockets this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Green Bay Phoenix lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-4 on the season after being defeated by the Kansas State Wildcats, 80-61, this past Wednesday. Green Bay struggled offensively and couldn’t fight back after the Huskies used an 8-0 run to start the 2nd half to take 45-29 lead. Green Bay shot just 35.5% from the field and 25.9% (7-27) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Phoenix was Turner Botz who had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Green Bay is averaging 75.6 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Phoenix average 7.6 three-pointers per game on 30.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Green Bay has been led by Charles Cooper (12.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Trevor Anderson (11.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.9 apg), Khalil Small (11.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Turner Botz (9.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Defensively, Green Bay is allowing their opponents to average 75.0 ppg on 41.8% shooting. Green Bay enters the contest with a rebound margin of -1.7 and a turnover margin of 2.3.

The Toledo Rockets lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-4 on the season after being defeated by the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks, 102-77, this past Sunday. Toledo went to halftime trailing by a 42-39 margin, however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after allowing the Seahawks to go on a 23-8 run to give UNC-Wilmington a 66-49 lead. Toledo allowed UNC-Wilmington to shoot 56.7% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 18-4 margin. Leading the way for the Rockets was Jonathan Williams who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Toledo is averaging 80.1 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Rockets are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 31.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Toledo has been led by Jonathan Williams (16.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), Steve Taylor Jr. (15.6 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 4.1 apg), Jaelan Sanford (12.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Luke Knapke (7.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg). Defensively, Toledo is allowing their opponents to average 83.9 ppg on 48.0% shooting. Toledo currently has a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of -6.6.

The Phoenix are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Rockets are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.

Green Bay has had trouble finding offensive after losing Carrington Love and Jordan Fouse however, as the Phoenix rank 300th in College Basketball in FG % and 304th in 3-PT FG%. Toledo has been outstanding on the offensive end however, have struggled on the defensive end as they rank 329th in scoring defense and 311th defensive FG%. Green Bay hasn’t been able to score on anyone this season and as I’m more confident that Toledo offensive with success against the Green Bay defense, I’m taking the Rockets to cover this home spread.  

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:01:45 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65987
<![CDATA[Charlotte vs. Oregon State - 12/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/12/03/charlotte-vs-oregon-state-12/3/16-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oregon State Beavers will travel to Halton Arena to take on the Charlotte 49ers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Oregon State Beavers dropped to 3-5 on the season after being defeated by the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 74-57, this past Thursday. Oregon State came out flat in this one and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 45-19 margin at halftime. Oregon State struggled defensively as they allowed Mississippi State to shoot 50.0% from the field and 57.9% (11-19) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Beavers Stephen Thompson Jr. who had 20 points…

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The Oregon State Beavers will travel to Halton Arena to take on the Charlotte 49ers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Oregon State Beavers dropped to 3-5 on the season after being defeated by the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 74-57, this past Thursday. Oregon State came out flat in this one and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 45-19 margin at halftime. Oregon State struggled defensively as they allowed Mississippi State to shoot 50.0% from the field and 57.9% (11-19) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Beavers Stephen Thompson Jr. who had 20 points and 2 rebounds. On the season, Oregon State is averaging 66.4 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Beavers are averaging 4.5 three-pointers per game on 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oregon State has been led by Tres Tinkle (20.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.2 spg), Stephen Thompson Jr. (14.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.5 spg), Drew Eubanks (12.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.9 bpg), and Jaquori McLaughlin (10.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg). Defensively, Oregon State is allowing their opponents to average 67.4 ppg on 38.3% shooting from the field. Oregon State is averaging 6.1 spg however, have struggled with turnovers as the Beavers have a turnover margin of -4.5.

The Charlotte 49ers won their 2nd straight game and improved to 5-2 on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 65-56, this past Wednesday. Charlotte went into halftime trailing by a 35-29 margin, however, was outstanding defensively in the 2nd half to come back from behind and secure the victory. Charlotte held James Madison to just 33.9% shooting from the field and 10.0% (2-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the 49ers was Jon Davis who had 22 points, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 3 steals. On the season, Charlotte is averaging 83.1 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The 49ers average 8.7 three-pointers per game on 40.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Charlotte has been led by Jon Davis (20.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg), Braxton Ogbueze (13.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), Andrien White (12.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.7 spg), and Anthony Vanhook (10.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.7 apg). Defensively, Charlotte is allowing their opponents to average 80.3 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. Charlotte has struggled on the boards as their rebound margin of -7.1 ranks just 324th in College Basketball.

The Beavers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games however, are 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The 49ers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games.

Charlotte has a great young duo in Jon Davis and Andrien White, however, the 49ers have really struggled on the defensive end as Charlotte currently ranks 305th in scoring defense and 252nd in defensive FG%. Oregon State has not had the start they expected however, with Stephen Thompson Jr. back in the line-up, the Beavers should be able to start improving on their 314th ranked scoring offense. Oregon State should be able to have an easier time against the 49ers weak defensive to put points up on the board and as I think the Beavers defense will give Charlotte some trouble, I'm taking Oregon State and the points. 

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:37:10 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65984
<![CDATA[Butler vs. Central Arkansas - 12/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/12/03/butler-vs-central-arkansas-12/3/16-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Central Arkansas Bears will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the 18th ranked Butler Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Central Arkansas Bears lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 1-6 on the season after being defeated by the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 87-63, this past Thursday. Central Arkansas went into halftime with a 37-30 lead however, allowed Southeast Missouri State to open the 2nd half on a 36-1 run which put the game away for the Redhawks. Central Arkansas struggled on the defensive end as they allowed Southeast Missouri…

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The Central Arkansas Bears will travel to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on the 18th ranked Butler Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Central Arkansas Bears lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 1-6 on the season after being defeated by the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 87-63, this past Thursday. Central Arkansas went into halftime with a 37-30 lead however, allowed Southeast Missouri State to open the 2nd half on a 36-1 run which put the game away for the Redhawks. Central Arkansas struggled on the defensive end as they allowed Southeast Missouri State to shoot 50.0% from the field and 41.2% (14-34) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bears was Derreck Brooks who had 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Central Arkansas is averaging 70.7 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 38.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Central Arkansas has been led by Jordan Howard (16.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 spg), Derreck Brooks (16.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.5 bpg), Mathieu Kamba (11.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Jeff Lowery (8.1 ppg, 4.0 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Central Arkansas is allowing their opponents to average 84.0 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. Central Arkansas comes into the matchup with a -2.1 rebound margin and -3.3 turnover margin.

The 18th ranked Butler Bulldogs improved to 7-0 on the season after defeating the Utah Utes, 68-59, this past Monday. Butler used a 14-3 run to help take a 33-27 halftime lead and lead by double-digits for the majority of the 2nd half. Butler shot 52.8% from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Kelan Martin who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Butler is averaging 78.4 ppg on 50.4% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 38.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Butler has been led by Kelan Martin (16.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), Andrew Chrabascz (10.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.4 apg), Avery Woodson (9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Kamar Baldwin (9.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.3 spg). Defensively, Butler is holding their opponents to an average of 60.7 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. Butler currently has a turnover margin of 5.9 which ranks T-51st in College Basketball.

The Bears are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Central Arkansas has a decent backcourt in Jordan Howard and Derreck Brooks, however, the Bears have been one of the worst defensive teams in the country as they rank 330th in scoring defense. Butler has been outstanding on both sides of court to start the season and with wins on the road against Arizona and Utah, the Bulldogs look like they are for real. This is a huge spread however, Butler has already had two 30-point victories at home this season and as I don’t see the Bulldogs slowing down, I’m taking Butler to cover this large spread. 

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:00:57 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65981
<![CDATA[Loyola-Chicago vs. San Diego State - 12/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/12/03/loyola-chicago-vs-san-diego-state-12/3/16-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Diego State Aztecs will travel to the Joseph J. Centile Center to take on the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers this Saturday afternoon.

The San Diego State Aztecs won their 3rd straight game and improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating the Savannah State Tigers, 100-67, this past Monday. San Diego State was outstanding on the offensive end in the first half and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 60-32 halftime lead. San Diego State shot 42.2% from the field and held Savannah State to just 32.0% shooting from the field and 26.3% (10-38) shooting from beyond the arc.…

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The San Diego State Aztecs will travel to the Joseph J. Centile Center to take on the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers this Saturday afternoon.

The San Diego State Aztecs won their 3rd straight game and improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating the Savannah State Tigers, 100-67, this past Monday. San Diego State was outstanding on the offensive end in the first half and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 60-32 halftime lead. San Diego State shot 42.2% from the field and held Savannah State to just 32.0% shooting from the field and 26.3% (10-38) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Aztecs was Zylan Cheatham who had 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, San Diego State is averaging 75.0 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Aztecs average 7.4 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, San Diego State has been led by Jeremy Hemsley (18.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.2 apg), Trey Kell (15.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.4 apg), Max Hoetzel (13.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg), and Malik Pope (11.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg). Defensively, San Diego State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.6 ppg on 36.4% shooting from the field. San Diego State has been great on the defensive end as they average 5.6 bpg and have a turnover margin of 4.2.

The Loyola (CHI) Ramblers improved to 6-2 on the season after defeating the Norfolk State Spartans, 75-62, this past Wednesday. Loyola (CHI) went into halftime with a 32-24 lead and used an 18-5 run in the 2nd half to help secure the victory. Loyola (CHI) shot 46.3% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-3 margin. Leading the way for the Ramblers was Clayton Custer who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Loyola (CHI) is averaging 80.1 ppg on 50.8% shooting from the field. The Ramblers are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Loyola (CHI) has been led by Aundre Jackson (15.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Milton Doyle (14.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.0 apg), Clayton Custer (13.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Donte Ingram (9.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Loyola (CHI) is holding their opponents to an average of 62.3 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. Loyola (CHI) currently has a rebound margin of 5.0 and is averaging 7.5 spg.

The Aztecs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games however, just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games following three or more consecutive home games. The Ramblers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog.

San Diego State is once again one of the better defensive teams in the country as their defensive FG% of 36.4% is currently ranked 16th in College Basketball. Loyola (CHI) is a young with team that has gotten great production from junior-college transfer Aundre Jackson and veteran Milton Doyle and has been one of the better shooting teams in the country to being the season as they rank 13th in FG%. Loyola (CHI) has had a great start, however, they haven’t played a defense like the Aztecs this season and as San Diego State has gotten solid scoring production from Jeremy Hemsley and Trey Kell, I think San Diego State will be able to cover this spread on the road. Take San Diego State to cover. 

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:37:13 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65978
<![CDATA[St. Bonaventure vs. Buffalo - 12/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/12/03/st-bonaventure-vs-buffalo-12/3/16-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Buffalo Bulls will travel to the Reilly Center to take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Buffalo Bulls dropped to 4-3 on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked Creighton Bluejays, 93-72, this past Tuesday. Buffalo did a nice job staying in the contest as they Bulls were down by just a 54-51 margin early in the 2nd half, however, allowed Creighton to go on a 13-0 run that the Bulls couldn’t fight back from. Buffalo struggled on the defensive end as they allowed Creighton to shoot 50.7% from the field and 35.0% (7-20)…

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The Buffalo Bulls will travel to the Reilly Center to take on the St. Bonaventure Bonnies this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Buffalo Bulls dropped to 4-3 on the season after being defeated by the 10th ranked Creighton Bluejays, 93-72, this past Tuesday. Buffalo did a nice job staying in the contest as they Bulls were down by just a 54-51 margin early in the 2nd half, however, allowed Creighton to go on a 13-0 run that the Bulls couldn’t fight back from. Buffalo struggled on the defensive end as they allowed Creighton to shoot 50.7% from the field and 35.0% (7-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bulls was Blake Hamilton who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Buffalo is averaging 72.4 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Bulls average 6.7 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. On the season, Buffalo has been led by Blake Hamilton (18.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.7 apg), Willie Conner (14.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.0 apg), Nick Perkins (11.2 ppg, 7.7 rpg), and Ikenna Smart (5.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg). Defensively, Buffalo is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. Buffalo has struggled with turnovers as they come into the contest with a turnover margin of -5.1.

The St. Bonaventure Bonnies won their 3rd straight game and improved to 4-2 on the season after defeating the Siena Saints, 81-74, this past Wednesday. St. Bonaventure had a trouble putting away Siena in this one but got a big three-point play by Jaylen Adams to give the Bonnies a 77-73 lead with 41 seconds left in regulation which helped secure the victory for St. Bonaventure.  St. Bonaventure shot 40.3% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 19-14 margin. Leading the way for the Bonnies was Jaylen Adams who had 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists. On the season, St. Bonaventure is averaging 82.5 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Bonnies are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, St. Bonaventure has been led by Matt Mobley (22.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Jaylen Adams (21.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.8 apg, 2.2 spg), Denzel Gregg (11.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Idris Taqqee (7.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, St. Bonaventure is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 40.8% shooting. St. Bonaventure is averaging 5.2 bpg and have a turnover margin of 3.2.

The Bulls are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss however, are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. A-10 opponents. The Bonnies are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. MAC opponents however, are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games as a home favorite.

Coming into the season, Buffalo’s biggest concern was on the defensive end, especially down low, however, the Bulls have been solid on the defensive end this season outside of their two games on the road against Xavier and Creighton. St. Bonaventure has one of the best backcourts in the A-10 in Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley, but do lack depth after losing 4 impact players from last year’s squad. Playing at Reilly Center is always a challenge, however, I think Buffalo will be able to compete against St. Bonaventure and cover with the points in this one. Take Buffalo and the points. 

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:14:35 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65975
<![CDATA[Baylor vs. Xavier - 12/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/12/03/baylor-vs-xavier-12/3/16-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The 7th ranked Xavier Musketeers will travel to the Ferrell Center to take on the 9th ranked Baylor Bears this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The 7th ranked Xavier Musketeers improved to 7-0 on the season after defeating the North Dakota State Bison, 85-55, this past Tuesday. Xavier was outstanding in the 1st half and had no trouble putting away North Dakota State after taking a 43-22 halftime lead. Xavier shot 48.4% from the field, 45.5% (10-22) from beyond the arc, and won the turnover battle by a 14-7 margin. Leading the way for the Musketeers was Trevon Bluiett…

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The 7th ranked Xavier Musketeers will travel to the Ferrell Center to take on the 9th ranked Baylor Bears this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The 7th ranked Xavier Musketeers improved to 7-0 on the season after defeating the North Dakota State Bison, 85-55, this past Tuesday. Xavier was outstanding in the 1st half and had no trouble putting away North Dakota State after taking a 43-22 halftime lead. Xavier shot 48.4% from the field, 45.5% (10-22) from beyond the arc, and won the turnover battle by a 14-7 margin. Leading the way for the Musketeers was Trevon Bluiett who had 23 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds. On the season, Xavier is averaging 78.9 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Musketeers are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Xavier has been led by Trevon Bluiett (17.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.7 apg), J.P. Macura (16.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.3 spg), Edmond Sumner (14.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.9 spg), and Malcolm Bernard (5.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Xavier is holding their opponents to an average of 64.1 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. Xavier has been outstanding on the boards as the Musketeers have a rebound margin of 10.4 which ranks 11th in College Basketball.

The 9th ranked Baylor Bears improved to 7-0 on the season after defeating the Sam Houston State Bearkats, 79-45, this past Wednesday. Baylor was outstanding on the defensive end throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 34-17 halftime lead. Baylor held Sam Houston State to just 28.2% shooting from the field and 16.0% (4-25) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bears was Johnathan Motley who had 8 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, Baylor is averaging 73.1 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Bears are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Baylor has been led by Johnathan Motley (16.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg), Manu Lacomte (12.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Al Freeman (11.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg), and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (9.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 4.1 bpg). Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 58.7 ppg on 39.1% shooting from the field. Baylor enters this contest with a rebound margin of 6.6 and are averaging 6.1 bpg.

The Musketeers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. Big 12 opponents. The Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.

Xavier struggled a bit early in the season with close wins over Lehigh and Missouri, however, the Musketeers have started to look more like the top-10 team that many expected and has held their last three opponents to an average of just 52.0 ppg. Baylor has been one of the more surprising teams in the country early in the season and has been led by Johnathan Motley who has been one of the best players in all of College Basketball. Baylor has been great, however, Xavier is also a talented team with great playmakers in Trevon Bluiett and Edmond Sumner and as I think this could be a lower scoring game, I feel better with Xavier and the points in this one. 

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:41:58 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65972
<![CDATA[Chattanooga Moccasins vs. Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks - 12/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/12/03/chattanooga-moccasins-vs-louisiana-monroe-warhawks-12/3/16-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks clash with Chattanooga Mocs in college basketball Saturday.

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are off to a slow start and would like to reverse that trend as soon as possible. The Warhawks had lost  four in a row before squeezing by Stephen F. Austin 77-72 on Monday. ULM jumped to a 17 point lead heading to the locker room before withstanding a huge comeback by the Lumberjacks. The Warhawks won the battle of marksmanship 49%-43 but forced more turnovers and totaled more rebounds to log eight more shots and seven more baskets. Nick Coppola led the Warhawks with…

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The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks clash with Chattanooga Mocs in college basketball Saturday.

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are off to a slow start and would like to reverse that trend as soon as possible. The Warhawks had lost  four in a row before squeezing by Stephen F. Austin 77-72 on Monday. ULM jumped to a 17 point lead heading to the locker room before withstanding a huge comeback by the Lumberjacks. The Warhawks won the battle of marksmanship 49%-43 but forced more turnovers and totaled more rebounds to log eight more shots and seven more baskets. Nick Coppola led the Warhawks with 19 points and five assists with Marvin Jean-Pierre tossing in 16 on 12-19 combined while Travis Munnings, Marcus Washington and Sam McDaniel netted ten points apiece and grabbed 18 rebounds.

The Chattanooga Mocs have been above average at both ends of the floor and the result has been a solid 5-2 record. The Mocs come off their second straight victory in a 68-52 rout of Coastal Carolina that was an 18 point game heading in to the break as a five point favorite. Chatt held the Chanticleers to 37% from the floor while countering with 45.8% which added up to seven more field goals and six more makes from beyond the arc. Tre McLean led all scorers with 26 points and nine rebounds on 10-17 from the floor with Makinde London netting eleven points and posting seven boards while Rodney Chatman logged nine points on 4-6 shooting.

The over is 6-2 in UL Monroe last 8 Saturday games and UL Monroe  are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall. Under is 5-2-1 in Chattanooga last 8 non-conference games and the under is 7-3-1 in Chattanooga last 11 Saturday games while Chattanooga are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

This is a big spread because the Warhawks are a decent cover team but I’ll take the Mocs…

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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:22:27 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=65969