<![CDATA[NCAA BB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Arkansas State vs. South Alabama - 1/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/23/arkansas-state-vs-south-alabama-1/23/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Convocation Center in Jonesboro on Monday, the South Alabama Jaguars will be taking on the Arkansas State Red Wolves in college basketball activity. 

South Alabama enters this game with a 9-10 record on the season. The Jaguars have lost four of their last five games, falling to Georgia State, Georgia Southern, UT-Arlington and Little Rock during that span. 

South Alabama has a handful of solid scorers to their credit this year, with Ken Williams (12.2 PPG) leading the way. Also averaging in double-figures for the Jaguars are Georgi Boyanov…

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Down at Convocation Center in Jonesboro on Monday, the South Alabama Jaguars will be taking on the Arkansas State Red Wolves in college basketball activity. 

South Alabama enters this game with a 9-10 record on the season. The Jaguars have lost four of their last five games, falling to Georgia State, Georgia Southern, UT-Arlington and Little Rock during that span. 

South Alabama has a handful of solid scorers to their credit this year, with Ken Williams (12.2 PPG) leading the way. Also averaging in double-figures for the Jaguars are Georgi Boyanov (10.8 PPG; 5.2 RPG), Shaq Calhoun (10.5 PPG), Josh Ajayi (10.4 PPG; 5.4 RPG) and Kick Stover (10.1 PPG; 3.4 RPG). 

Over on the Arkansas State side, they’re sitting on a 13-6 mark this season. The Red Wolves are 4-2 in their last six games, beating UL Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, Little Rock and Troy during that time. 

Heading up the scoring for Arkansas State is Devin Carter, with 16.9 PPG and 3.5 RPG. Also averaging in double-figures for the Red Wolves is Deven Simms (12.4 PPG; 4.1 RPG), while Rashad Lindsey (9.9 PPG) is right there as well. 

South Alabama is 20-7 ATS in the last 27 games following an ATS loss, and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. South Alabama is also 1-4 ATS in their last five Monday games, and the over is 7-1 in the Jaguars’ last eight overall. 

Meanwhile, Arkansas State is 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven games following an ATS loss, and 5-1 ATS in their last six home games. Arkansas State is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games versus a team with a losing road record, and 1-4 ATS in the last five games following a straight-up win. 

South Alabama’s record doesn’t quite show off their talent this year, but they’ve got a pretty well-rounded and talented lineup at their disposal. Arkansas State has won by just five points or fewer in three of their last four victories, so I think the Jaguars have a great shot at a cover here.

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:10:30 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73064
<![CDATA[Georgia State vs. Appalachian State - 1/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/23/georgia-state-vs-appalachian-state-1/23/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta on Monday, the Appalachian State Mountaineers will be meeting up with the Georgia State Panthers in college basketball activity. 

Appalachian State enters this game with a 6-11 record on the year. The Mountaineers have lost five of their last six games, falling to Texas State, UT-Arlington, Little Rock, Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern in that span. 

Heading up the scoring for Appalachian State this year is Ronshad Shabazz, with 16.9 PPG and 3.6 RPG. Also reasonably close to double-digits for the Mountaineers…

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Down at GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta on Monday, the Appalachian State Mountaineers will be meeting up with the Georgia State Panthers in college basketball activity. 

Appalachian State enters this game with a 6-11 record on the year. The Mountaineers have lost five of their last six games, falling to Texas State, UT-Arlington, Little Rock, Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern in that span. 

Heading up the scoring for Appalachian State this year is Ronshad Shabazz, with 16.9 PPG and 3.6 RPG. Also reasonably close to double-digits for the Mountaineers are Griffin Kinney (8.9 PPG; 5.6 RPG), Emarius Logan (8.2 PPG) and Kelvin Robinson (8.0 PPG). 

Over on the Georgia State side, they’re coming into Monday with an 11-7 record on the season. The Panthers had a rough stretch last month where they lost four of six games, but since then they’ve won three in a row versus Louisiana Monroe, UL Lafayette and Coastal Carolina. 

Heading up the scoring for Georgia State this year is Jeremy Hollowell, with 15.9 PPG and 5.4 RPG. Also close to the double-digit threshold for the Panthers are D’Marcus Simonds (9.7 PPG; 3.1 RPG) and Malik Benlevi (8.9 PPG; 4.2 RPG). 

Appalachian State is 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss, and 37-18-3 ATS in their last 58 Monday games. Appalachian State is also 1-4-2 ATS in their last seven road games, and 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 games versus a team with a winning straight-up record. 

Meanwhile, Georgia State is 9-21-1 ATS in their last 31 games overall, and 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 versus the Sun Belt. Georgia State is also 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 home games, and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight-up win. 

Appalachian State doesn’t have a whole lot to offer outside of Shabazz, as their scoring dips significantly after that. The Mountaineers aren’t great rebounders, either, as just two players are averaging more than 3.6 RPG so far. Georgia State should have more than enough offensive juice to bang out a cover here.

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:04:36 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73061
<![CDATA[Portland vs. Gonzaga - 1/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/23/portland-vs-gonzaga-1/23/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The 4th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs will travel to the Chiles Center to take on the Portland Pilots this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The 4th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs stayed undefeated on the season and improved to 19-0 (7-0 WCC) on the season after defeating the Portland Pilots, 73-52, this past Saturday. Gonzaga used a 7-2 run early in the 2nd half to take a 47-32 lead with 12:24 remaining and held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. Gonzaga shot 45.3% from the field and 81.8% (18-22) from the FT-line in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Nigel…

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The 4th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs will travel to the Chiles Center to take on the Portland Pilots this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The 4th ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs stayed undefeated on the season and improved to 19-0 (7-0 WCC) on the season after defeating the Portland Pilots, 73-52, this past Saturday. Gonzaga used a 7-2 run early in the 2nd half to take a 47-32 lead with 12:24 remaining and held a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. Gonzaga shot 45.3% from the field and 81.8% (18-22) from the FT-line in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Nigel Williams-Goss who had 15 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Gonzaga is averaging 85.1 ppg on 50.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 39.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Gonzaga has been led by Nigel Williams-Goss (15.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.7 spg), Przemek Karnowski (12.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg), Jordan Mathews (10.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Zach Collins (10.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Defensively, Gonzaga is holding their opponents to an average of 62.9 ppg on 37.5% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 5.6 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The Portland Pilots lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 9-10 (2-5 WCC) on the season after being defeated by the Gonzaga Bulldogs by a 73-52 margin this past Saturday. Portland struggled offensively throughout the game against the Bulldogs and couldn’t fight back after they went into halftime trailing by a 34-23 margin. Portland shot just 32.2% from the field and 25.0% (3-12) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Pilots was Gabe Taylor who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Portland is averaging 70.6 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Pilots are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Portland has been led by Alec Wintering (19.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.6 apg, 2.0 spg), Jazz Johnson (16.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Gabe Taylor (12.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg), and D’Marques Tyson (8.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg). Defensively, Portland is allowing their opponents to average 73.0 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Pilots have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of -1.7.

The Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Pilots are 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 home games and just 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Monday games.

Gonzaga continues to dominate the WCC and come into this matchup as one of the best statistical teams in the country as the Bulldogs are ranked 17th in scoring offense, 5th in FG%, 19th in scoring defense, and 5th in defensive FG%. Portland has really struggled on the offensive end so far in WCC play and rank 246th in scoring offense, 304th in assist/turnover ratio, and just 228th in FG%. Portland is averaging just 51.0 ppg during their 5-game losing streak and as there is no reason to expect Portland to suddenly find their offense at home in a rematch against Gonzaga, I’m taking Gonzaga to cover this large road spread. 

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:03:22 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73058
<![CDATA[Iona vs. Quinnipiac - 1/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/23/iona-vs-quinnipiac-1/23/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Quinnipiac Bobcats will travel to the Hynes Athletic Center to take on the Iona Gaels this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 8-11 (5-4 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Canisius Golden Griffins, 95-90, this past Friday. Quinnipiac was outstanding on the offensive end throughout the game and hung on late after leading by a 47-32 margin at halftime. Quinnipiac shot 58.8% from the field and 61.5% (8-13) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Mikey Dixon who had 29 points, 3 rebounds,…

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The Quinnipiac Bobcats will travel to the Hynes Athletic Center to take on the Iona Gaels this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 8-11 (5-4 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Canisius Golden Griffins, 95-90, this past Friday. Quinnipiac was outstanding on the offensive end throughout the game and hung on late after leading by a 47-32 margin at halftime. Quinnipiac shot 58.8% from the field and 61.5% (8-13) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Mikey Dixon who had 29 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Quinnipiac is averaging 76.5 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Quinnipiac has been led by Mikey Dixon (16.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 apg), Peter Kiss (12.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Chaise Daniels (11.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 bpg), and Reggie Oliver (9.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg). Defensively, Quinnipiac is allowing their opponents to average 80.1 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of -1.7.

The Iona Gaels won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-8 (5-4 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Fairfield Stags, 96-89, this past Friday. Iona opened the 2nd half on an 18-6 run to take a 65-41 lead with 14:59 left in regulation and hung on late after Fairfield made a late charge. Iona was great offensively, as the Gaels shot 56.9% from the field, 41.7% (10-24) from beyond the arc, and 87.0% (20-23) from the FT-Line. Leading the way for the Gaels was Jordan Washington who had 30 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Iona is averaging 78.4 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Gaels are averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iona has been led by Jordan Washington (18.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg), Jon Severe (11.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg), Sam Cassell Jr. (11.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Rickey McGill (9.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.9 spg). Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 75.6 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Gaels have a rebound margin of -2.8 and a turnover margin of 1.0.

The Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games vs. MAAC opponents. The Gaels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Quinnipiac has won 3 of their last 5 games and although their Bobcats have averaged an impressive 91.0 ppg in those victories, the Bobcats have struggled all season on the defensive end as they rank just 325th in scoring defense, 244th in defensive FG%, and 279th in turnover margin. Iona has won 3 of their last 4 games and once again one of the better offensive teams in the MAAC as the Gaels rank 72nd in scoring offense, 18th in three-pointers made per game, and 24th in FT %. Quinnipiac was able to win a 97-91 (OT) matchup at home about two weeks ago and although I do expect Iona to pick up the win here, I think this will be another high scoring, tight game, and I think Quinnipiac and the points are the play here. 

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:00:54 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73055
<![CDATA[Wright State vs. Oakland - 1/22/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/22/wright-state-vs-oakland-1/22/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will travel to BB&T Arena to take on the Wright State Raiders this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 15-5 (5-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Northern Kentucky Norse, 79-70, this past Friday. Oakland allowed Northen Kentucky to fight back from a 17-point deficit in the 1st half to take a 42-38 lead, however, was outstanding defensively in the 2nd half and pull away late for the victory. Oakland shot 51.7% from the field while holding Northern Kentucky…

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The Oakland Golden Grizzlies will travel to BB&T Arena to take on the Wright State Raiders this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Oakland Golden Grizzlies snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 15-5 (5-2 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Northern Kentucky Norse, 79-70, this past Friday. Oakland allowed Northen Kentucky to fight back from a 17-point deficit in the 1st half to take a 42-38 lead, however, was outstanding defensively in the 2nd half and pull away late for the victory. Oakland shot 51.7% from the field while holding Northern Kentucky to just 39.7% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Golden Grizzlies was Jalen Hayes who had a double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. On the season, Oakland is averaging 78.6 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oakland has been led by Martez Walker (17.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 apg), Jalen Hayes (15.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 apg), Sherron Dorsey-Walker (12.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.6 spg), and Stevie Clark (7.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.4 spg). Defensively, Oakland is allowing their opponents to average 71.0 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Grizzlies have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

The Wright State Raiders won their 2nd straight game and improved to 13-7 (4-3 Horizon) on the season after defeating the Detriot-Mercy Titans, 106-88, this past Friday. Wright State was outstanding on the offensive end in the 1st half and had little trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 60-38 lead. Wright State shot 49.2% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 20-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Raiders was Justin Mitchell who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and a steal. On the season, Wright State is averaging 76.0 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Raiders are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wright State has been led by Mark Alstork (17.5 ppg, 5.25 rpg, 3.3 apg), Steven Davis (15.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg), Justin Mitchell (11.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Grant Benzinger (11.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, Wright State is allowing their opponents to average 71.0 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of -0.5.

The Golden Grizzlies are 24-6-1 ATS in thier last 31 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 13-6-1 ATS in thier last 35 games following a ATS win. The Raiders are 5-12-1 ATS in thier last 18 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5 and just 2-5 ATS in thier last 7 games vs. Horizon opponents.

Oakland has struggled a bit as of late however, the Golden Grizzlies still have put together an impressive season so far as they come into this matchup ranked 69th in scoring offense, 99th in scoring defense, and 16th in defensive FG%. Wright State has had an up and down season but is a team that can do damage from beyond the arc and has been solid on both sides of the ball as they come into this game ranked 121st in scoring offense and T-146th in scoring defense. Wright State was impressive in their recent victory against Detroit, however, as the Raiders should have alot more trouble scoring the ball against the Oakland defense, along with the fact they were beaten by Oakland by a 19-point margin eariler this season, I'm taking Oakland to cover this small road spread.

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:42:51 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73037
<![CDATA[Monmouth vs. Fairfield - 1/22/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/22/monmouth-vs-fairfield-1/22/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Fairfield Stags will travel to the OceanFirst Bank Center to take on the Monmouth Hawks this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Fairfield Stags lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 8-9 (3-5 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Iona Gaels, 96-89, this past Friday. Fairfield had no answers on the defensive end for the Gaels and couldn't fight back after trailing by a 47-35 margin at halftime. Fairfield allowed Iona to shoot 56.9% from the field and 41.7% (10-24) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Stags was Jerry Johnson Jr.…

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The Fairfield Stags will travel to the OceanFirst Bank Center to take on the Monmouth Hawks this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Fairfield Stags lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 8-9 (3-5 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Iona Gaels, 96-89, this past Friday. Fairfield had no answers on the defensive end for the Gaels and couldn't fight back after trailing by a 47-35 margin at halftime. Fairfield allowed Iona to shoot 56.9% from the field and 41.7% (10-24) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Stags was Jerry Johnson Jr. who had 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, Fairfield is averaging 74.6 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Stags are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fairfield has been led by Tyler Nelson (19.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Curtis Cobb (14.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.4 apg), Jerry Johnson Jr. (11.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Matija Milin (9.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg). Defensively, Fairfield is allowing their opponents to average 75.4 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Stags have a rebound margin of -2.4 and a turnover margin of -1.2.

The Monmouth Hawks won their 5th straight game and improved to 15-5 (7-2 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Manhattan Jaspers, 82-71, this past Friday. Monmouth went into halftime trailing by a 34-33 margin, however, started the 2nd half on a 10-0 run to take a 43-34 lead in which they would hang on late to win. Monmouth shot 43.1% from the field and won the turnover batle by a 18-12 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Hawks was Justin Robinson who had 27 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals. On the season, Monmouth is averaging 80.0 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Monmouth has been led by Justin Robinson (18.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.8 spg), Micah Seaborn (15.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Je'lon Hornbeak (10.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.4 spg), and Chris Brady (10.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg). Defensively, Monmouth is allowing their opponents to average 75.4 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

The Stags are 4-0 ATS in thier last 4 road games and 5-1 ATS in thier last 6 games as a road underdog. The Hawks are 8-0 ATS in thier last 8 games as a home favorite of 7.0-12.5 however, are 0-4 ATS in thier last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.

Fairfield has lost 4 of their last 6 games and have struggled on the defensive end as the Stags rank just 262nd in scoring defense, 282nd in rebound margin, and 258th in FG%. Monmouth looks like the team to beat in the MAAC however, although they have an offense that ranks T-48th in scoring offense, the Hawks have struggled defensively as they rank just 261st in scoring defense. Manmouth is the better team here however, Fairfield has played well on the road this season and as I think their offense will be able to find some success agianst the Hawks, I think Fairfield does enough to keep it within this large spread. Take Fairfield and the points.

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:22:16 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73031
<![CDATA[Manhattan vs. Siena - 1/22/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/22/manhattan-vs-siena-1/22/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Siena Saints will travel to Draddy Gymnasium to take on the Manhattan Jaspers this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Siena Saints had their 4-game streak snapped and dropped to 8-12 (5-4 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the St. Peter's Peacocks, 77-65, this past Thursday. Siena was without their leading scorer Marquis Wright who was suspended for the game due to an altercation during their previous game aginast Rider and couldn't fight back after falling behind at halftime by a 41-30 margin. Siena allowed Saint Peter's to shoot 47.2% from the field and…

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The Siena Saints will travel to Draddy Gymnasium to take on the Manhattan Jaspers this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Siena Saints had their 4-game streak snapped and dropped to 8-12 (5-4 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the St. Peter's Peacocks, 77-65, this past Thursday. Siena was without their leading scorer Marquis Wright who was suspended for the game due to an altercation during their previous game aginast Rider and couldn't fight back after falling behind at halftime by a 41-30 margin. Siena allowed Saint Peter's to shoot 47.2% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 17-10 margin. Leading the way for the Saints was Lavon Long who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assits. On the season, Siena is averaging 71.1 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Saints are averaging 4.9 three-pointers per game on 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Siena has been led by Marquis Wright (14.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.3 apg), Javion Ogunyemi (13.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), Brett Bisping (12.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 spg), and Lavon Long (12.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.4 apg). Defensively, Siena is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Saints have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of -1.2.

The Manhattan Jaspers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 7-13 (2-7 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Monmouth Hawks, 82-71, this past Friday. Manhattan went into halftime with a 34-33 lead, however, could never retake the lead after a 10-0 Monmouth run gave the Hawks a 43-34 lead early in the 2nd half. Manhattan allowed Monmouth to shoot 43.1% from the field and loss the turnover battle by a 18-12 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaspers was Zane Waterman who had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, Manhattan is averaging 73.3 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Jaspers are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Manhattan has been led by Zavier Turner (16.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Zane Waterman (14.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg), Aaron Walker Jr. (8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Calvin Crawford (8.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg). Defensively, Manhattan is allowing their opponents to average 79.0 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Jaspers have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of -3.5.

The Saints are 5-15-1 ATS in thier last 21 games as a road favorite and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Jaspers are 5-1 ATS in thier last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 9-3 ATS in thier last 12 games as a home underdog.

Siena was expected to be one of the MAAC favorties coming into this season however, the Saints have struggled a bit this season as they currently rank 239th in scoring offense and 211th in scoring defense. Manhattan has lost 5 of thier last 7 games and has really had some problems on the defensive side of the ball as the Jaspers rank 311th in scoring defense and 229th in defensive FG%. Siena will be without Nico Clareth for this game however, with Marquis Wright back in the lineup, I think Siena will be able to be able to put up plenty of points against a poor Jaspers defense and cover this spread. Take Siena to cover.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:54:42 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73025
<![CDATA[USC vs. Arizona State - 1/22/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/22/usc-vs-arizona-state-1/22/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The USC Trojans and the Arizona State Sun Devils face off on Sunday in Pac-12 college basketball action.  

The USC Trojans are 16-4 this season and they have lost 3 of their last 4 games. USC is averaging 78 points per game and they are shooting 44.3 percent from the floor and 35.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 70.8 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Chimenzie Metu leads the Trojans averaging 14 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Jordan McLaughlin is averaging 13.9 points and 5 assists for USC, Elijah Stewart is averaging 13.4…

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The USC Trojans and the Arizona State Sun Devils face off on Sunday in Pac-12 college basketball action.  

The USC Trojans are 16-4 this season and they have lost 3 of their last 4 games. USC is averaging 78 points per game and they are shooting 44.3 percent from the floor and 35.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 70.8 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Chimenzie Metu leads the Trojans averaging 14 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Jordan McLaughlin is averaging 13.9 points and 5 assists for USC, Elijah Stewart is averaging 13.4 points and 5.2 rebounds, and De’Anthony Melton is averaging 9.7 points and 5.6 rebounds. USC is 9-2 at home and 3-4 in the Pac-12 this season.

The Arizona State Sun Devils are 9-10 this season and they have lost 4 of their last 5 games. Arizona State is averaging 81.5 points per game and they are shooting 44.3 percent from the floor and 36.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 83.9 points and their opponents are shooting 48.6 percent. Torian Graham leads the Sun Devils averaging 18.5 points per game. Tra Holder is averaging 17.2 points for ASU, Shannon Evans II is averaging 15 points, and Obinna Oleka is averaging 13.4 points and 10.4 rebounds. Arizona State is 2-3 on the road and 2-4 in the Pac-12.

USC is 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 games, 1-6 against the spread in their last 7 home games, and 1-6 against the spread as a favorite. Arizona State is 17-35-3 as an underdog, 1-3-1 against the spread against the Pac-12, and 2-7-1 against the spread in their last 10 road games.

This seems like a lot of points against a team that can score like the Sun Devils and for a team that has played so inconsistently like USC so I will take the points with Arizona State.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:32:57 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73013
<![CDATA[Richmond vs. George Mason - 1/22/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/22/richmond-vs-george-mason-1/22/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have an interesting college basketball matchup out of the A-10, as the George Mason Patriots take on the Richmond Spiders.

The George Mason Patriots Will be looking for some sort of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their first 5 conference games. George Mason fell to 2-3 in A-10 play following a 63-56 defeat at the hands of Saint Louis in their last outing. Jaire Grayer led the Patriots with 16 points on 5 of 15 shooting from the field including 4 threes, while leading scorer, rebounder and assist man for George Mason, Marquise Moore, came 2nd with 13 points…

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We have an interesting college basketball matchup out of the A-10, as the George Mason Patriots take on the Richmond Spiders.

The George Mason Patriots Will be looking for some sort of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their first 5 conference games. George Mason fell to 2-3 in A-10 play following a 63-56 defeat at the hands of Saint Louis in their last outing. Jaire Grayer led the Patriots with 16 points on 5 of 15 shooting from the field including 4 threes, while leading scorer, rebounder and assist man for George Mason, Marquise Moore, came 2nd with 13 points in addition to a game-high 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Moore leads the team by averaging a double-double per game, with averages of 18.1 points and 10.8 rebounds to go along with 3.8 assists per game. As a team, is scoring 74.5 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field, 33.6% from behind the arc and 71.7% from the foul line this season.

The Richmond Spiders will be looking to bounce back from their first conference loss of the season, a 75-59 loss to Dayton in their last game. Richmond's leading scorer this season, T.J. Cline, did just that for the Spiders, posting a game-high 21 points on 8 of 16 shooting from the field with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Khwan Fore came 2nd with 19 points on an extremely efficient 8 of 9 shooting from the field with a pair of steals to his credit. De'Monte Buckingham chipped in 7 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds, while ShawnDre' Jones was held to just 1 point but dished out a game-high 6 assists in the losing effort. Cline leads the team in not only scoring with 17.9 points per game, but also in rebounding and assists with averages of 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Richmond is scoring 72.6 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 32.7% from 3-point range and 69.1% shooting from the foul line this season.

George Mason is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 22-10 in their last 32 games overall. Richmond is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 conference matchups while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 home games. The home team is 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

Just when I was ready to think George Mason was ready to buckle down and get back into the A-10 race, they drop a stinker to the worst team in the conference. Richmond could easily be 6-0 in the A-10 right now but 5-1 with a loss at Dayton still isn't too shabby, so in a matchup that has seen the majority of the success go to the home team, I'll lay the points with Richmond.

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:07:24 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73007
<![CDATA[VCU vs. La Salle - 1/22/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/01/22/vcu-vs-la-salle-1/22/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The VCU Rams and the LaSalle Explorers face off on Sunday in Atlantic 10 college basketball action.

The VCU Rams are 14-5 this season and they have lost their last 2 games. VCU is averaging 74.8 points per game and they are shooting 47.3 percent from the floor and 35.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 66.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. JeQuan Lewis leads the Rams averaging 14.8 points per game. Justin Tillman is averaging 11.4 points and 7.5 rebounds for VCU, Mo Alie-Cox is averaging 10.2 points, and Jonathan Williams is…

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The VCU Rams and the LaSalle Explorers face off on Sunday in Atlantic 10 college basketball action.

The VCU Rams are 14-5 this season and they have lost their last 2 games. VCU is averaging 74.8 points per game and they are shooting 47.3 percent from the floor and 35.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 66.1 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. JeQuan Lewis leads the Rams averaging 14.8 points per game. Justin Tillman is averaging 11.4 points and 7.5 rebounds for VCU, Mo Alie-Cox is averaging 10.2 points, and Jonathan Williams is averaging 8.8 points. VCU is 8-1 at home and 4-2 in the A 10 this season.

The La Salle Explorers are 11-5 this season and they have won their last 5 games and 7 of their last 8. La Salle is averaging 82.3 points per game and they are shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and 39.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 78.8 points and their opponents are shooting 46.8 percent. B.J. Johnson leads the Explorers averaging 18.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Jordan Price is averaging 17.8 points, Pookie Powell is averaging 13.6 points, and Cleon Roberts is averaging 8.3 points. La Salle is 3-2 on the road and 5-1 in the A 10 this season.

VCU is 21-9 against the spread against the A 10, 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 home games, and 14-5 against the spread at home against a team with a losing road record. La Salle is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games, 4-1 against the spread against the Atlantic 10, and 3-9 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The road team has covered the point spread in the last 6 meetings of these 2 teams.

This is way too many points in a game that could go either way so I am taking the points and see La Salle possibly getting the outright win. 

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:04:07 -0500 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=73004