<![CDATA[NCAA BB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Ranking Top 25 College Basketball Players for 2016-17 Season]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/09/25/ranking-top-25-college-basketball-players-for-2016-17-season#comments We’re inching closer and closer to the 2016-17 college basketball season that’s a little over a month away. Time to start doing your homework now so you’ll be prepared for the overwhelming amount of games daily.

Let’s start with the top players in the country.

Here are your top 25 players for the 2016-17 college basketball season.

1. Ivan Rabb, Cal - Ivan Rabb could have been a lottery pick but decided to return and become the leader of the Golden Bears. Rabb shot 61…

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We’re inching closer and closer to the 2016-17 college basketball season that’s a little over a month away. Time to start doing your homework now so you’ll be prepared for the overwhelming amount of games daily.

Let’s start with the top players in the country.

Here are your top 25 players for the 2016-17 college basketball season.

1. Ivan Rabb, Cal - Ivan Rabb could have been a lottery pick but decided to return and become the leader of the Golden Bears. Rabb shot 61 percent last season and has a chance for a historic season now that he doesn’t have to share the ball as much.

2. Harry Giles, Duke - Harry Giles is one of many reasons why Duke is the favorite to win the championship. Health is the only question with this kid.

3. Josh Jackson, Kansas - Josh Jackson has the ability to be a lockdown defender from day one and his athleticism is through the charts. Jackson keeps Kansas in the title hunt yet again.

4. Markelle Fultz, Washington - The hype surrounding Markelle Fultz is building rapidly and he has a chance to become the top pick in next year's NBA draft. Fultz is going to be a fun watch this season.

5. Grayson Allen, Duke - Grayson Allen averaged 21 points and shot 41.7 percent from deep last season. The sophomore simply gets buckets and can take over a game at any moment.

6. Thomas Bryant, Indiana - Thomas Bryant averaged nearly 12 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes last season. Bryant has to be the favorite to win Big Ten POY this season and makes the Hoosiers a sneaky title contender.

7. Jayson Tatum, Duke - A top-five recruit, Jayson Tatum is an athletic wing who can fill it up. I think you’re starting to see why Duke should hoist the trophy in March.

8. Melo Trimble, Maryland - Melo Trimble was a disappointment last season and now has to carry a Ters team that lost a lot during the offseason. Trimble will bounce back big.

9. Tyler Lydon, Syracuse - Tyler Lydon dominated in the NCAA Tournament and should be able to build on that his sophomore season. Lydon should be a walking double-double.

10. Lonzo Ball, UCLA - A top-five recruit, Lonzo Ball is a great defender and a true point guard who will get the Bruins many quality looks this season.

11. Justin Jackson, North Carolina - A versatile player who does a little bit of everything and has produced nearly 900 points in two years with UNC. Justin Jackson will be the new leader of the Tar Heels.

12. Josh Hart, Villanova - Josh Hart is a career 51 percent shooter and wants the ball in big moments. Hart is motivated to prove the Wildcats aren’t a one-year fluke after winning the title last season.

13. Devonte Graham, Kansas - Devonte Graham is an elite defender as he proved against Buddy Hield, and he can stroke it from deep. One of my favorite players in the country who is ready for a bigger and better junior year.

14. Monte Morris, Iowa State - Monte Morris has consistently played at a high level for the Cyclones but has been overlooked at times. That changes now that Georges Niang is no longer around.

15. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin - If I’m giving Trimble the benefit of the doubt, it’s only right I show Nigel Hayes some love. Hayes has to improve his field goal percentage but is still a leader and difference maker.

16. Bam Adebayo, Kentucky - Had to put a Kentucky player on this list eventually and Bam Adebayo is a massive power forward with a great feel around the basket.

17. Jalen Adams, UConn - Jalen Adams is on my list of breakout players after putting up modest numbers in limited playing time. Adams is a star in the making and helps make UConn a dark horse title team.

18. Tyler Dorsey, Oregon - Tyler Dorsey will have to carry the Ducks now that Dillon Brooks is injured. Dorsey was a 40 percent shooter from deep last season and grabbed over four rebounds.

19. Ethan Happ, Wisconsin - Ethan Happ shot nearly 54 percent from the field last season and was probably the Badgers best player overall. Happ should take another step forward in his second season.

20. Jordan Woodard, Oklahoma - Jordan Woodard has been a consistent double-digit scorer in three seasons with the Sooners and now has a chance to really shine with Hield in the NBA.

21. Edmond Sumner, Xavier - If Edmond Sumner can improve his field goal percentage, he’s arguably the best player in the Big East.

22. Frank Mason, Kansas - Frank Mason did a little bit of everything for the Jayhawks last season and now has a chance for a monster senior year with some of the other players gone. Mason is the x-factor for Kansas this year.

23. Jack Gibbs, Davidson - Jack Gibbs averaged 23 points and five assists last season. If the Wildcats can improve their record, he make a case for A-10 POY.

24. Caleb Swanigan, Purdue - While all the credit was going to AJ Hammons, Caleb Swanigan was putting up 10 points and eight rebounds as a freshman. The Boilermakers will now run through another solid big man.

25. Jaron Blossomgame, Clemson - Jaron Blossomgame is one of those players that deserves more love, as he averaged close to 19 points and more than one block per game. Big time talent who could have left for the NBA draft.

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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:05:08 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=57450
<![CDATA[Michigan State Basketball Recruiting: What 5-Star PF Jaren Jackson Brings to Spartans]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/09/16/michigan-state-basketball-recruiting-what-5-star-pf-jaren-jackson-brings-to-spartans#comments The Michigan State Spartans started their 2017 recruiting class off with a bang Thursday when five-star power forward Jaren Jackson gave his commitment. Jackson, who is out of La Lumiere School in Indiana, picked MSU over Purdue, Georgetown, Maryland and Notre Dame. He also had offers from Butler, UCLA and Xavier, among others.

Coach Tom Izzo has to be on cloud nine right now with this commitment coming just days after being inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame.

So, what does Jackson bring to Michigan State?

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The Michigan State Spartans started their 2017 recruiting class off with a bang Thursday when five-star power forward Jaren Jackson gave his commitment. Jackson, who is out of La Lumiere School in Indiana, picked MSU over Purdue, Georgetown, Maryland and Notre Dame. He also had offers from Butler, UCLA and Xavier, among others.

Coach Tom Izzo has to be on cloud nine right now with this commitment coming just days after being inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame.

So, what does Jackson bring to Michigan State?

Jackson is a big body at 6’10”, 220 pounds and has a wingspan of over seven feet. His length and upside provide limitless potential on the defensive end and the glass. As a junior last season, he averaged 7.8 rebounds and 4.4 blocks, numbers that have improved each year and show he’s just starting to tap into his potential at 17 years old.

The strongest part of Jackson’s game at this very moment is his outside shooting, as you don’t see guys his size able to stroke it from long range at such a high percentage. Jackson is shooting 38 percent from three for his high school career and shot 44 percent as a junior. For his career, Jackson is shooting 59 percent from two-point range and 79 percent from the free throw line. He’s a player who is becoming more and more comfortable with his stroke and will eventually become a player who must be guarded at all times everywhere on the court.

The two areas of improvement are his strength and feel around the basket. Jackson doesn’t have a polished post game just yet and could develop more toughness on the court. Those things are sure to improve with time, especially his toughness considering he’ll be playing under Izzo and will be forced to adopt that Spartan mentality.

Jackson is widely considered a top-25 recruit in the 2017 class and is now the third five-star player Michigan State has landed the last two years.

The Spartans have been championship caliber consistently over the years, but it’s going to be interesting to see how they take things to the next level with this type of talent. There was a slight recruiting drought for MSU over the years since snagging Gary Harris in 2012.

Huge, huge pickup for Michigan State and will continue to keep Sparty as one of the teams to beat in the Big Ten.

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Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:30:53 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=56517
<![CDATA[Kalif Young To Providence: Scouting Report On The 2016 3-Star Power Forward]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/05/18/kalif-young-to-providence-scouting-report-on-the-2016-3-star-power-forward#comments The Providence Friars added to their 2016 recruiting class with the commitment from power forward Kalif Young.

Young had offers on the table from Marquette, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and VCU. He now joins Maliek White and Alpha Diallo as the third member of the 2016 class for the Friars.

This commitment not only gives Providence a reliable post presence moving forward, but it’s more important with Ben Bentil possibly taking his talents to the NBA.

The first thing you notice when…

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The Providence Friars added to their 2016 recruiting class with the commitment from power forward Kalif Young.

Young had offers on the table from Marquette, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and VCU. He now joins Maliek White and Alpha Diallo as the third member of the 2016 class for the Friars.

This commitment not only gives Providence a reliable post presence moving forward, but it’s more important with Ben Bentil possibly taking his talents to the NBA.

The first thing you notice when watching Young play is that he runs the floor extremely well for a guy who is 6’9”, 225 pounds. Young gets back to the other end of the floor quickly, can run a fast break with a guard and has slowed down opposing transition offense due to him getting back in a timely manner. Young is a hustle player who isn’t going to take plays off at either end.

He has a nice feel around the rim, which makes him very effective when going up for rebounds and putbacks. Young has good hands and length that help him on the defensive end, & a seven-foot wingspan should help him be a consistent shotblocker for the Friars.

You also have to be impressed with Young’s offensive ability, as he’s a rare big man who is comfortable with the ball beyond the three-point line and can put the ball on the floor. Young can beat his guy off the dribble and finishes strong through contact. He also passes well for a guy his size and doesn’t force the issue when the double team comes over.

I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen from Young and think he has the potential to be an immediate contributor for a Providence team that likely lost its two best players in Bentil and Kris Dunn.

This was a very important commitment for coach Ed Cooley and the Friars, as it adds depth and addresses an area of need.

With commitments like this, Providence will remain a force in the Big East.

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Wed, 18 May 2016 18:28:12 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=46368
<![CDATA[TCU Recruiting: What Desmond Bane Brings To Horned Frogs Basketball]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/05/12/tcu-recruiting-what-desmond-bane-brings-to-horned-frogs-basketball#comments The TCU Horned Frogs landed their third commitment of the 2016 recruiting class with the signing of shooting guard Desmond Bane.

Bane, out of Richmond, Indiana, picked the Horned Frogs over his other offer in Miami of Ohio. He also received attention from Northwestern, Purdue and Xavier. He now joins 4-star Jaylen Fisher and 3-star Josh Parrish in the 2016 class.

Bane is the all-time leading scorer in Wayne County and is known for having a 62-point game against Lincoln High. For folks who also enjoy basketball highlights…

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The TCU Horned Frogs landed their third commitment of the 2016 recruiting class with the signing of shooting guard Desmond Bane.

Bane, out of Richmond, Indiana, picked the Horned Frogs over his other offer in Miami of Ohio. He also received attention from Northwestern, Purdue and Xavier. He now joins 4-star Jaylen Fisher and 3-star Josh Parrish in the 2016 class.

Bane is the all-time leading scorer in Wayne County and is known for having a 62-point game against Lincoln High. For folks who also enjoy basketball highlights on Youtube, Bane has one of the nastiest posterizing dunks I’ve seen in a very long time. He averaged 30 points per game as a senior and shot 69 percent from the field.

So, what will coach Jamie Dixon be working with this season when Bane arrives on campus?

A guy who can flat out fill it up on the offensive end.

The reason Bane shoots such a high percentage from the field is because he has a knack for driving and getting to the rim. Bane seems like he’s always in attack mode and is crafty in the paint. He’s shown he can finish in traffic and is a creative finisher who can lay it up with either hand. Bane lives inside the arc and won’t allow a defender to rush his offense.

Bane also sees the floor very well and has displayed an impressive passing ability when in attack mode. He has no problem giving the ball up when drawing the double team, and it usually leads into a score for one of his teammates.

Bane can also defend multiple positions due to his 6’5”, 210 pound frame. He has above-average leaping ability to where he can contest shots at the rim and has quick hands that allow him to interrupt passing lanes.

The one thing you’d like to see Bane improve is his outside shooting. He’s shown the ability to knockdown the outside shot, but it was a weakness for him early in his career with 33 percent shooting from deep as a sophomore. However, Dane did improve that percentage to 54 percent on 100 shots. It’s clearly a process for Bane, and if he can stroke it from deep at a high percentage to go with his driving skills, he’ll be a nightmare on the offensive end.

Bane may not have been as highly recruited as the other TCU commits, but his ability to create offense can't be understated. Considering the Horned Frogs averaged just 67 points last season, they could certainly use what Bane brings to the table.

This is another good pickup for Dixon and TCU.

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Thu, 12 May 2016 19:55:04 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=45873
<![CDATA[UConn Huskies: 3-Star Recuit Christian Vital Commits To Kevin Ollie]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/04/29/uconn-huskies-3-star-recuit-christian-vital-commits-to-kevin-ollie#comments The UConn Huskies added to their impressive 2016 recruiting class with the commitment from 3-star recruit Christian Vital. The shooting guard from Oakdale originally committed to UNLV last year but later backed out after coach David Rice was fired. Vital also had offers on the table from Louisville and Iowa.

Vital gave the Huskies his commitment before the weekend and admitted that Kevin Ollie telling him he was remaining head coach at UConn was the final straw to seal the deal. Ollie, who won a national championship in 2014, is rumored to be a…

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The UConn Huskies added to their impressive 2016 recruiting class with the commitment from 3-star recruit Christian Vital. The shooting guard from Oakdale originally committed to UNLV last year but later backed out after coach David Rice was fired. Vital also had offers on the table from Louisville and Iowa.

Vital gave the Huskies his commitment before the weekend and admitted that Kevin Ollie telling him he was remaining head coach at UConn was the final straw to seal the deal. Ollie, who won a national championship in 2014, is rumored to be a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers head coaching job.

Vital is a talented shooting guard who can play either the one or the two. Vital plays with very high energy and has this aggressiveness to his game that really shows when he takes the court. Vital is a great athlete, has above-average ball handling and can stroke it from deep. In fact, Vital’s long range shooting is one of his trademarks and the main reason why he’s considered to be one of the more underrated recruits in this class.

With Jalen Adams and Rodney Purvis likely returning next season, Vital will be a backup guard as a freshman but could be the key guy off the bench to lead the second unit. Vital is instant offense and will help provide depth for the Huskies, something that wasn’t a strong suit last year.

Vital now gives UConn five commits in the 2016 class, as he joins Alterique Gilbert, Juwan Durham, Vance Jackson and Mamadou Diarra.

The UConn Huskies have a stacked recruiting class and some talent returning next year as well. Connecticut may be the frontrunners to win the AAC next season and are more than capable of making some serious noise in the NCAA Tournament with all this incoming talent.

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:32:42 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=44655
<![CDATA[UConn vs. Syracuse - 4/5/16 Women's Championship Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/04/05/uconn-vs-syracuse-4/5/16-womens-championship-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Syracuse Orange and UConn Huskies meet Tuesday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the 2016 Women’s Championship.

The Syracuse Orange look for their first women’s championship crown in school history. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 72.2 points on 37 percent shooting and allowing 59 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Alexis Peterson is averaging 15.4 points and 4.8 assists while Brianna Butler is averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Bria Day is the third double-digit scorer and Brittney Sykes is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange…

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The Syracuse Orange and UConn Huskies meet Tuesday night at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the 2016 Women’s Championship.

The Syracuse Orange look for their first women’s championship crown in school history. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 72.2 points on 37 percent shooting and allowing 59 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Alexis Peterson is averaging 15.4 points and 4.8 assists while Brianna Butler is averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Bria Day is the third double-digit scorer and Brittney Sykes is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 29 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Orange are allowing 29.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange are 9-1 this season on neutral courts.

The UConn Huskies look for their 12 women’s title overall and fourth straight. The UConn Huskies are averaging 88.2 points on 52.5 percent shooting and allowing 48 points on 33 percent shooting. Breanna Stewart is averaging 19.2 points and 8.4 rebounds while Moriah Jefferson is averaging 12.8 points and 2.6 rebounds. Morgan Tuck is the third double-digit scorer and Katie Lou Samuelson is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The UConn Huskies are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Huskies are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies are 10-0 this season on neutral courts.

You have to give Syracuse credit for making it this far as a fourth seed, especially when its the school's first Final Four and championship apperance on the women's side. However, we all know the deal when it comes to UConn basketball. The Huskies don't play whatsoever and have won eight straight games by at least 21 points. There's an actual law that says you can't bet against UConn women. Look it up.

Anyway, the Huskies win this game by at least 25 points. 

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 01:12:00 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=42071
<![CDATA[Villanova vs. North Carolina - 4/4/16 NCAA Championship Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/04/04/villanova-vs-north-carolina-4/4/16-ncaa-championship-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Villanova Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels clash Monday night in the NCAA Championship at NRG Stadium.

The Villanova Wildcats look for their second basketball title and first since 1985. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 77.9 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 63.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Josh Hart is averaging 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Kris Jenkins is averaging 13.5 points and 2.2 assists. Ryan Arcidiacono is dishing 4.4 assists and Daniel Ochefu is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting…

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The Villanova Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels clash Monday night in the NCAA Championship at NRG Stadium.

The Villanova Wildcats look for their second basketball title and first since 1985. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 77.9 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 63.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Josh Hart is averaging 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Kris Jenkins is averaging 13.5 points and 2.2 assists. Ryan Arcidiacono is dishing 4.4 assists and Daniel Ochefu is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats are 9-2 this season on neutral courts.

The North Carolina Tar Heels look for their sixth title and third since 2005. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 82.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 41 percent shooting. Brice Johnson is averaging 16.8 points and 10.5 rebounds while Joel Berry II is averaging 12.8 points and 3.4 assists. Justin Jackson is grabbing 3.9 rebounds and Marcus Paige is dishing 3.7 assists. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Tar Heels are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels are 11-0 on neutral courts this season.

The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 Monday games. The Tar Heels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games and 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 Monday games. 

I've been picking against Villanova all tournament, so I might as well do it one more time. North Carolina is the more talented team and has the bigs to control the paint and the glass. The Wildcats won't be able to take advantage of one-on-one situations in the paint like they have against other teams. The Tar Heels should win this game, especially with Paige and others making jump shots for a change. 

 

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 19:24:00 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=42041
<![CDATA[North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Villanova Wildcats - 4/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/04/04/north-carolina-tar-heels-vs-villanova-wildcats-4/4/16-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Villanova Wildcats clash with the North Carolina Tar Heels for the National Championship.

The Villanova Wildcats have been dominant in the Big Dance and even Buddy Hield and Oklahoma could stop them or even slow them down in their Final Four match up. The Wildcats found themselves up 14 at the break and continued the carnage over the final 20 minutes with a 53-23 run. Both ends of the floor were clicking with the the Sooners held to 32% from the floor with Buddy Hield held to just nine points on 4-12 shooting. On the flip side Nova burned the nets at over 71% including an 11-18 effort…

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The Villanova Wildcats clash with the North Carolina Tar Heels for the National Championship.

The Villanova Wildcats have been dominant in the Big Dance and even Buddy Hield and Oklahoma could stop them or even slow them down in their Final Four match up. The Wildcats found themselves up 14 at the break and continued the carnage over the final 20 minutes with a 53-23 run. Both ends of the floor were clicking with the the Sooners held to 32% from the floor with Buddy Hield held to just nine points on 4-12 shooting. On the flip side Nova burned the nets at over 71% including an 11-18 effort from long range. Josh Hart gave the Wildcats a game high 23 points and eight boards with Kris Jenkins adding 18 points and another eight boards. Ryan Arcidiacono was next in line with 15 points with Mikal Bridges tossing in eleven while Daniel Ochefu and Phil Booth chipped in with ten points apiece.

The Syracuse Orange were not only a surprise participant in the NCAA tournament they were an even  bigger surprise by reaching the Final Four. Their run ended in an 83-66 defeat to the North Carolina Tar Heels  where they were dominated in most phases. The Tar Heels were up eleven at the half and never let the Orange make a comeback as a ten point favorite. The Cuse were held to 42% from the floor while UNC countered with nearly 54% which added up to eight more baskets. Justin Jackson and Brice Johnson each scored 16 points with Johnson grabbing nine rebounds with Kennedy Meeks adding 15 points and eight boards. Marcus Paige followed with 13 points while Joel Berry II chipped in with eight points and handed out ten assists. 

Both teams truly deserve to be in the National Championship game as each has displayed the ability to defend and score. While North Carolina was expected to be in the title game Villanova was deemed as more of a challenger then a legitimate contender to most outsiders. The Tar Heels will be tough to handle inside and the Wildcats wile be tough from the perimeter so pick your poison…

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Sat, 02 Apr 2016 23:52:29 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=41984
<![CDATA[Syracuse vs. North Carolina - 4/2/16 Final Four Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/04/02/syracuse-vs-north-carolina-4/2/16-final-four-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels square off Saturday night in the Final Four at the NRG Stadium.

The Syracuse Orange look for another victory after upsetting Virginia last Sunday. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 64.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.8 points and 4.3 assists while Malachi Richardson is averaging 13 points and 4.2 rebounds. Trevor Cooney is dishing 2.3 assists and Tyler Lydon is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting…

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The Syracuse Orange and North Carolina Tar Heels square off Saturday night in the Final Four at the NRG Stadium.

The Syracuse Orange look for another victory after upsetting Virginia last Sunday. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 70.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 64.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Michael Gbinije is averaging 17.8 points and 4.3 assists while Malachi Richardson is averaging 13 points and 4.2 rebounds. Trevor Cooney is dishing 2.3 assists and Tyler Lydon is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Orange are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange are 7-1 this season on neutral courts.

The North Carolina Tar Heels look for another victory after beating Notre Dame last Sunday. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 82.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 41 percent shooting. Brice Johnson is averaging 16.8 points and 10.5 rebounds while Joel Berry II is averaging 12.8 points and 3.4 assists. Justin Jackson is grabbing 3.9 rebounds and Marcus Paige is dishing 3.7 assists. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Tar Heels are allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels are 10-0 on neutral courts this season.

The Orange are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tar Heels are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 neutral site games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Orange are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. 

In the two games this season, Syracuse has been able to compete with the Tar Heels, which includes a five-point loss a month ago. The 2-3 zone of Syracuse will force North Carolina to settle for a lot of outside shots, something this team isn't comfortable with. I've been one of a few people who has backing the Orange a lot this tournament. I'll take my chances with the points once again. 

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:46:15 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=41849
<![CDATA[Oklahoma vs. Villanova - 4/2/16 Final Four Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2016/04/02/oklahoma-vs-villanova-4/2/16-final-four-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Villanova Wildcats and Oklahoma Sooners square off Saturday afternoon in the Final Four at the NRG Stadium.

The Villanova Wildcats look for another victory after beating Kansas a week ago. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 77.9 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 63.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Josh Hart is averaging 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Kris Jenkins is averaging 13.5 points and 2.2 assists. Ryan Arcidiacono is dishing 4.4 assists and Daniel Ochefu is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting…

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The Villanova Wildcats and Oklahoma Sooners square off Saturday afternoon in the Final Four at the NRG Stadium.

The Villanova Wildcats look for another victory after beating Kansas a week ago. The Villanova Wildcats are averaging 77.9 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 63.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Josh Hart is averaging 15.4 points and 6.8 rebounds while Kris Jenkins is averaging 13.5 points and 2.2 assists. Ryan Arcidiacono is dishing 4.4 assists and Daniel Ochefu is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The Villanova Wildcats are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Wildcats are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Villanova Wildcats are 8-2 this season on neutral courts.

The Oklahoma Sooners look for another victory after beating Oregon a week ago. The Oklahoma Sooners are averaging 80.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.5 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 25.1 points and 5.7 rebounds while Jordan Woodard is averaging 13 points and 3.4 assists. Isaiah Cousins is dishing 4.6 assists and Ryan Spangler is grabbing 9.3 rebounds. The Oklahoma Sooners are shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Sooners are allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma Sooners are 8-1 on neutral courts this season.

The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 NCAA Tournament games and 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 non-conference games. The Sooners are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. 

The same reason I backed the Sooners to beat the Ducks last week, Oklahoma has the offensive firepower to keep up with Villanova. The Sooners also have the best player in the country in Hield, who is playing at an unstoppable level right now. I've said it before and I'll say it again - Don't bet against Buddy.

Give me the Sooners in an outright victory. 

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Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:36:34 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=41846