<![CDATA[NCAA BB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Saint Peter's vs. Furman-CIT - 3/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/29/saint-peters-vs-furman-cit-3/29/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments  The Saint Peter’s Peacocks battle the Furman Paladins in the CIT college basketball semifinals.

The Furman Paladins were one of the better squads in the SoCon and are looking great in the CIT as they moved on to the tournament semifinals following a 79-64 win versus the Campbell Fighting Camels. The Paladins were up nine at the break and continued  build their lead through the second half behind a 52%-45.6% shooting advantage. The decisive stat was Furman’s 18-4 edge at the charity stripe thanks a near perfect 18-19 performance. Kris Acox led the Paladins offense with 24 points and…

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 The Saint Peter’s Peacocks battle the Furman Paladins in the CIT college basketball semifinals.

The Furman Paladins were one of the better squads in the SoCon and are looking great in the CIT as they moved on to the tournament semifinals following a 79-64 win versus the Campbell Fighting Camels. The Paladins were up nine at the break and continued  build their lead through the second half behind a 52%-45.6% shooting advantage. The decisive stat was Furman’s 18-4 edge at the charity stripe thanks a near perfect 18-19 performance. Kris Acox led the Paladins offense with 24 points and ten rebounds on 11-12 from the floor with Devin Sibley adding 20 points and five yanks. John Davis III gave Furman another ten points while Andrew Brown and Geoff Beans tossed in seven points apiece. The key to this offense is continued success from their two big guns in Kris Acox and Devin Sibley. 

The Saint Peter’s Peacocks haven’t had a ton of success in the MAAC overall but they did have a break through this season with a second place finish. The Peacocks have rode the momentum all the way to the CIT semifinals. The Peacocks knocked off Texas State 49-44 with a late second half surge to rally from a six point deficit early in the half. Neither team shot the ball effectively with SPC holding a 31.8%-29% advantage but this was won at the charity strip where St. Peter’s sank six more free throws. The Peacocks received eleven points and five yanks from Trevis Wyche with Cavon Baker adding ten points and four boards. Quadir Welton was next in line for Saint Peter’s with nine points, 12 rebounds and four blocks while Antwon Portley chipped in with seven pointOver is 12-4 in FUR last 16 road games.

The over is 12-4 in Furman last 16 road games and Furman are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall while the over is 11-4 in Furman last 15 games as an underdog. The under is 7-1-2 in Saint Peter's last 10 games overall and the under is 6-1-2 in Saint Peter's last 9 games as a favorite  while Saint Peter's are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a favorite.

I think this is all about which team controls the pace with Saint Peter’s at their best with a slow, methodical attack while the Paladins likely trying to speed things up. In any case, I’ll take the points…

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:26:01 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81623
<![CDATA[UMBC vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - 3/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/29/umbc-vs-texas-a-and-m-corpus-christi-3/29/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The 2017 CIT college basketball tournament continues in the semifinal on Wednesday from Retriever Activities Center, as the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders take on the UMBC Retrievers. 

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enters this game with a 23-11 record overall. After losing to New Orleans on March 11, the Islanders have dispatched Georgia State, Weber State and Fort Wayne in tournament action. 

Leading the way in scoring for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this years Rashawn Thomas (22.5 PPG), who also leads the team in rebounding (8.6 RPG). Also in double-figures…

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The 2017 CIT college basketball tournament continues in the semifinal on Wednesday from Retriever Activities Center, as the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders take on the UMBC Retrievers. 

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enters this game with a 23-11 record overall. After losing to New Orleans on March 11, the Islanders have dispatched Georgia State, Weber State and Fort Wayne in tournament action. 

Leading the way in scoring for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this years Rashawn Thomas (22.5 PPG), who also leads the team in rebounding (8.6 RPG). Also in double-figures for the Islanders are Joseph Kilgore (11.1 PPG; 4.2 RPG) and Ehab Amin (17.1 PPG; 6.6 RPG). 

Over on the UMBC side, they’re sitting at 21-12 on the season overall. Since the two losses to New Hampshire on February 25 and March 1, the Retrievers have rolled past Fairfield, St. Francis (PA) and Liberty during the CIT. 

Tops in offense for UMBC this year is Jairus Lyles (18.8 PPG), who is tops in rebounding as well (6.5 RPG). Also in the double-digit club for the Retrievers are Will Darley (16.2 PPG; 3.8 RPG) and Joe Sherburne (11.0 PPG: 4.1 RPG). 

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Wednesday games. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is also 0-4 ATS in their last four road games, and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight-up win. 

Meanwhile, UMBC is 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, and 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win. UMBC is also 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games, and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.

This should be a pretty interesting—and likely close—game overall. Both Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and UMBC have similar talent levels, and there are a few guys here who are reliable scorers. I’m leaning toward the Islanders here, as they finished off the regular season at a relatively strong clip and have been fairly dominant in the tournament. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat Georgia State 80-64, Weber State 82-73 and Fort Wayne 78-62. I think they can repeat that trend here, so give me the Islanders to cover.

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:35:37 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81608
<![CDATA[North Carolina vs. Oregon - 4/1/17 - Final Four - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/04/01/north-carolina-tar-heels-vs-oregon-ducks-4/1/17-final-four-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have Final Four action as the Oregon Ducks and North Carolina Tar Heels battle for the right to go to the national championship.

The Oregon Ducks escaped out of the Midwest region, defeating Iona, Rhode Island and Michigan before downing Kansas by a final score of 74-60, giving the Ducks a final four berth for the first time since 1939. Tyler Dorsey led the team with a game-high 27 points on 9 of 13 shooting with 6 triples and 5 rebounds. Dillon Brooks came 2nd with 17 points on 7 of 18 shooting with 3 threes, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Dylan Ennis added 12 points with 5 rebounds…

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We have Final Four action as the Oregon Ducks and North Carolina Tar Heels battle for the right to go to the national championship.

The Oregon Ducks escaped out of the Midwest region, defeating Iona, Rhode Island and Michigan before downing Kansas by a final score of 74-60, giving the Ducks a final four berth for the first time since 1939. Tyler Dorsey led the team with a game-high 27 points on 9 of 13 shooting with 6 triples and 5 rebounds. Dillon Brooks came 2nd with 17 points on 7 of 18 shooting with 3 threes, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Dylan Ennis added 12 points with 5 rebounds and a pair of steals. Jordan Bell might've had the best game for the Ducks however, racking up 11 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and a whopping 8 blocks in the win. Brooks leads the team with an average of 16.3 points per game while Bell leads the team in rebounding with 8.6 boards per game. Payton Pritchard leads the team's with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Oregon is scoring 78.9 points per game on 48.3% shooting from the floor, 38.3% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

The UNC Tar Heels came out of the South region as the top seed defeated Texas Southern, Arkansas and Butler before defeating Kentucky in the Elite 8 by a final score of 75-73, giving coach Roy Williams a 12-1 record in the Elite 8 as a #1 seed. Justin Jackson led the team with 19 points on 7 of 17 shooting with 5 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists. Luke Maye came 2nd with 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a pair of triples, including the game-winning shot with just 1 second left. Joel Berry II added 11 points and a pair of steals, while Kennedy Meeks chipped in 7 points in addition to a whopping 17 rebounds and 4 blocks while Isaiah Hicks added 4 points and 3 rejections of his own. Justin Jackson leads the team with an average of 18.2 points per game while Meeks leads the team with 9.3 rebounds and Berry II leads the team with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, UNC is scoring the 9th-most points per game in the country, racking up 85 per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 36.1% from behind the arc and 70.5% from the foul line this season.

Oregon is 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 games overall and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 NCAA tournament games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games against the ACC. UNC is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against the Pac-12 and 7-3-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall while the under is 10-2-1 in their last 13 games following a win.

A lot of people having UNC running away with this one, but I'm not so convinced. Sure, UNC may have a couple more players that'll end up in the NBA, but Oregon is a talented bunch in their own right that took a very good, albeit undersized Kansas team to the woodshed. This game could go either way so I'll take my chances with Oregon and the points.

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:15:09 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81584
<![CDATA[Gonzaga vs. South Carolina - 4/1/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/04/01/gonzaga-vs-south-carolina-4/1/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We’ve got NCAA Tournament Final Four action coming on Saturday as the South Carolina Gamecocks meet the Gonzaga Bulldogs at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. 

South Carolina enters the Final Four this year for the first time ever, and are 26-10 overall this season. The Gamecocks have taken out Marquette, Duke, Baylor and Florida in the tournament so far. 

Heading up the offense for South Carolina are Sindarius Thornwell (21.4 PPG: 7.2 RPG) and PJ Dozier (13.7 PPG; 4.7 RPG). Also in double-figures for the Gamecocks are Duane Notice (10.3…

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We’ve got NCAA Tournament Final Four action coming on Saturday as the South Carolina Gamecocks meet the Gonzaga Bulldogs at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. 

South Carolina enters the Final Four this year for the first time ever, and are 26-10 overall this season. The Gamecocks have taken out Marquette, Duke, Baylor and Florida in the tournament so far. 

Heading up the offense for South Carolina are Sindarius Thornwell (21.4 PPG: 7.2 RPG) and PJ Dozier (13.7 PPG; 4.7 RPG). Also in double-figures for the Gamecocks are Duane Notice (10.3 PPG) and Chris Silva (10.1 PPG; 5.8 RPG). 

Gonzaga enters this game with a 36-1 record overall. The Bulldogs last lost to BYU on February 25, then rattled off three wins before beating South Dakota State, Northwestern, West Virginia and Xavier in NCAA Tournament action. 

Leading the way in scoring for Gonzaga this year are Nigel Williams-Goss (16.5 PPG: 4.7 APG; 5.9 RPG) and Przemek Kanowski (12.4 PPG: 5.9 RPG). Also in double-figures for the Bulldogs are Jordan Mathews (10.7 PPG: 3.3 RPG), Jonathan Williams (10.1 PPG: 6.6 RPG) and Zach Collins (10.0 PPG: 5.7 RPG). 

South Carolina is 4-0 ATS in their last four NCAA Tournament games, and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. South Carolina is also 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 neutral-site games, and 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight Saturday games. 

Meanwhile, Gonzaga is 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games, and 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine non-conference games. Gonzaga is also 36-15-2 ATS in their last 53 games overall, and 20-7-2 ATS in their last 29 games following a straight-up win. 

Now that Kansas has been knocked out, Gonzaga remains one of the only real powerhouse teams left. The Bulldogs had a bit of a scare with West Virginia in the third round, and allowed Northwestern to get within six in the second, but blew Xavier off the court in their last game 83-59. The Bulldogs will get a bit more of a test here, but they’ve got plenty of scoring and all-around talent to pull off another cover here—it may be close, though. Give me Gonzaga.

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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:36:48 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81569
<![CDATA[Florida vs. South Carolina - 3/26/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/26/florida-vs-south-carolina-3/26/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The South Carolina Gamecocks and Florida Gators will square off in the Elite 8 at Madison Square Garden this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The 7-seed South Carolina had no trouble following up their impressive win against Duke with another outstanding performance and easily advanced to the Elite 8 after defeating the 3-seed Baylor Bears, 70-50 this past Friday night. South Carolina used a 18-0 run in the middle of the 1st half to help take a 37-22 halftime lead, and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 55-38 lead with 9:22 left in regulation. South Carolina…

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The South Carolina Gamecocks and Florida Gators will square off in the Elite 8 at Madison Square Garden this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The 7-seed South Carolina had no trouble following up their impressive win against Duke with another outstanding performance and easily advanced to the Elite 8 after defeating the 3-seed Baylor Bears, 70-50 this past Friday night. South Carolina used a 18-0 run in the middle of the 1st half to help take a 37-22 halftime lead, and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 55-38 lead with 9:22 left in regulation. South Carolina was dominant on the defense end throughout the game as the Gamecocks held Baylor to 30.4% from the field and 23.1 (3-13) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Sindarius Thornwell who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. On the season, South Carolina is averaging 73.0 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Carolina has been led by Sindarius Thornwell (21.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.2 spg, 1.0 bpg), PJ Dozier (13.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.7 spg), Duane Notice (10.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), and Chris Silva (10.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg). Defensively, South Carolina is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of 4.0.

The 4-seed Florida Gators advanced to the Elite 8 after a thrilling, 84-83 victory in overtime against the 8-seed Wisconsin Badgers this past Friday night. Florida allowed Wisconsin to force overtime after the Gators held a 72-64 lead with just 1:44 regulation but survived after some late heroics by Chis Chiozza who drilled a three-pointer as time expired to give the Gators a 1-point victory. Florida shot 45.2% from the field and 36.4% (8-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Gators was KeVaughn Allen who had 35 points, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Florida is averaging 78.1 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Gators are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Florida has been led by KeVaughn Allen (14.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Canyon Barry (11.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg), Devin Robinson (11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg), and Kasey Hill (9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Florida is holding their opponents to an average of 66.2 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Gators have a rebound margin of 2.0 and a turnover margin of 3.1.

The Gamecocks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games as an underdog and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5. The Gators are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games as a favorite.

South Carolina was led by their defense throughout the season however, a large part of their success in the NCCA Tournament has surprisingly come from their offense which is averaging 83.6 ppg which is more than 10 points what their offense has averaged on the season. Florida has won 13 of their last 16 games and have been solid on both sides of the ball as the Gators rank 63rd in scoring offense, 44th in scoring defense, 22nd in turnover margin, and 34th in defensive FG%. Florida has a defense that could give South Carolina some trouble in this one, however, the Gamecocks have looked like one of the best teams in the tournament and as I think this will be a tight, low scoring game, I’m taking South Carolina and the points. 

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:17:55 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81518
<![CDATA[North Carolina vs. Kentucky - 3/26/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/26/north-carolina-vs-kentucky-3/26/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Headed our way on Sunday in Elite Eight action in the 2017 NCAA college basketball tournament, the Kentucky Wildcats will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels at FedEx Forum. 

Kentucky enters this game with a 32-5 record overall. The Wildcats have won every game since February 4, a span of 14 outings. In the tourney so far, Kentucky has beaten Northern Kentucky, Wichita State and UCLA. 

Heading up the scoring for Kentucky are Malik Monk (20.0 PPG) and De’Aaron Fox (16.1 PPG; 4.0 RPG; 4.6 APG). Also in double-figures for the Wildcats are Edrice…

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Headed our way on Sunday in Elite Eight action in the 2017 NCAA college basketball tournament, the Kentucky Wildcats will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels at FedEx Forum. 

Kentucky enters this game with a 32-5 record overall. The Wildcats have won every game since February 4, a span of 14 outings. In the tourney so far, Kentucky has beaten Northern Kentucky, Wichita State and UCLA. 

Heading up the scoring for Kentucky are Malik Monk (20.0 PPG) and De’Aaron Fox (16.1 PPG; 4.0 RPG; 4.6 APG). Also in double-figures for the Wildcats are Edrice Adebayo (13.3 PPG: 8.1 RPG) and Isaiah Briscoe (12.5 PPG: 5.4 RPG; 4.1 APG). 

As for North Carolina, they’re sitting at 30-7 overall on the season. The Tar Heels lost back on March 10 versus Duke, but since then have beaten Texas Southern, Arkansas and Butler during this NCAA Tournament. 

Leading the way in scoring for the Tar Heels this year are Justin Jackson (18.1 PPG; 4.7 RPG) and Joel Barry II (14.4 PPG; 3.1 RPG; 3.7 APG). Also in double-figures for North Carolina are Kennedy Meeks (12.7 PPG; 9.1 RPG) and Isaiah Hicks (12.4 PPG; 5.7 RPG). 

Kentucky is 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 Sunday games, and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 neutral-site games. Kentucky is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus the ACC, and 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 NCAA Tournament games. 

Meanwhile, UNC is 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games, and 6-2 ATS in their last eight NCAA Tournament games. North Carolina is also 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 neutral-site games, and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 versus the SEC.  

These games get more and more intense as the tournament moves along, and this one is bound to be another good one. North Carolina has been quite impressive in this postseason, beating Texas Southern by 39, Arkansas by a relatively small seven, and Butler by 12 (and it wasn’t even that close). Looking at the Tar Heels, they’ve got a well-rounded rebounding group, and a handful of scorers at their disposal. I like North Carolina to continue playing well and cover here.

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Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:30:15 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81485
<![CDATA[Gonzaga vs. Xavier - 3/25/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/25/gonzaga-vs-xavier-3/25/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Xavier Musketeers take the floor with the Gonzaga Bulldogs in an Elite 8 match up.

The Xavier Musketeers have a well deserved reputation for performing well on the national stage and that trend continued in a 73-71 victory versus Arizona as an eight point underdog to move on to the Elite 8. This was close throughout with the Musketeers holding a 52.8%-43.5% edge in marksmanship with the Wildcats staying close thanks to nine more looks at the basket on the strength of 14 offensive rebounds. Trevon Bluiett carried the Musketeers attack with a contest high 25 points on 9-17 from the…

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The Xavier Musketeers take the floor with the Gonzaga Bulldogs in an Elite 8 match up.

The Xavier Musketeers have a well deserved reputation for performing well on the national stage and that trend continued in a 73-71 victory versus Arizona as an eight point underdog to move on to the Elite 8. This was close throughout with the Musketeers holding a 52.8%-43.5% edge in marksmanship with the Wildcats staying close thanks to nine more looks at the basket on the strength of 14 offensive rebounds. Trevon Bluiett carried the Musketeers attack with a contest high 25 points on 9-17 from the floor with Malcolm Bernard adding 15 points and six pulls on 5-6 from the field. JP Macura gave the Musketeers 14 points and seven boards while Sean O’Mara chipped in with eight points on 4-5 shooting.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have become a regular visitor to the NCAA tournament and in my view this appears to be one of their stronger teams. The Bulldogs survived a very determined effort from the West Virginia Mountaineers in a 61-58 victory on Thursday night to advance to the Elite 8. This wasn’t decided until the final horn sounded as defense was the key to the Zags winning. Gonzaga held a strong Mountaineers offense to 26.7% shooting while countering at 41% with WVU hanging tough as they turned 19 offensive rebounds in to 16 more shot attempts. A balanced Bulldogs offense featured 13 points apiece coming from Jonathan Williams, Przemek Karnowski and Jordan Matthews while Nigel Williams-Gross chipped in with ten points with the foursome hauling in 20 rebounds.

The under is 6-2 in Gonzaga last 8 overall and the under is 6-2 in Gonzaga last 8 neutral site games while the under is 6-2 in Gonzaga last 8 NCAA Tournament games. Xavier are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and Xavier  are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 while Xavier are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.

I already said this looks like the best team Gonzaga has had in awhile but I don’t think Xavier is going to be intimidated so I’ll back them and the points…

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:02:34 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81443
<![CDATA[Gonzaga vs. Xavier - Elite 8 - 3/25/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/25/gonzaga-vs-xavier-elite-8-3/25/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some Elite 8 action out of the West Region as the #11 seed Xavier Musketeers take on the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs.

The Xavier Bulldogs continued their spectacular run with wins over Maryland and Florida State in the first two rounds, followed by a 73-71 win over Arizona in the sweet 16. Trevon Blueitt led the Musketeers with 24 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 3 triples, while Malcolm Bernard came 2nd with 15 points on an efficient 5 of 6 shooting from the floor, making all 3 of his attempts from behind the arc in addition to 6 rebounds. J.P. Macura came right behind with 14…

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We have some Elite 8 action out of the West Region as the #11 seed Xavier Musketeers take on the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs.

The Xavier Bulldogs continued their spectacular run with wins over Maryland and Florida State in the first two rounds, followed by a 73-71 win over Arizona in the sweet 16. Trevon Blueitt led the Musketeers with 24 points on 9 of 17 shooting with 3 triples, while Malcolm Bernard came 2nd with 15 points on an efficient 5 of 6 shooting from the floor, making all 3 of his attempts from behind the arc in addition to 6 rebounds. J.P. Macura came right behind with 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds to go along with 5 assists. Quentin Goodin went just 1 for 5 in the fin, but dished out a team-high 6 assists for Xavier. Blueitt leads the team with an average of 18.7 points per game while Goodin leads the team with 3.5 assists per game this season. RaShid Gaston is the team’s top rebounder, grabbing 5.9 boards per game this season. As a team, Xavier is scoring 75.1 points per game on 46% shooting from the floor, 34.9% from behind the arc and 69.2% from the foul line this season.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs come into this one fresh off of a narrow 61-58 victory over West Virginia, following up their first two wins against South Dakota State and Northwestern. Johnathan Williams, Przemek Karnowski and Jordan Matthews all tied for the team lead with 13 points apiece. Karnowski went 6 of 8 from the floor with 5 boards, while Williams went 4 of 7 from the floor and matched that mark from the foul line with 6 rebounds as well, and Matthews went 4 of 12 from the floor with 3 threes, including a dagger three with about a minute to go after sitting with foul trouble. Nigel Williams-Goss went just 2 of 10 from the floor but made 6 of 8 from the foul line for 10 points in addition to a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Williams-Goss leads the team with an average of 16.5 points and 4.7 assists per game while Johnathan Williams leads the team in rebounding with an average of 6.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Gonzaga is scoring 83.2 points per game, while shooting the 2nd-best field goal percentage in the country with a 51% mark from the floor, 37.4% from behind the arc and 72.4% from the foul line this season.

Xavier is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 24-5-1 ATS in their last 30 NCAA tournament games while the under is 5-1-1 in their last 7 neutral site games. Gonzaga is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 NCAA tournament games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against the Big East.

Gonzaga is having the same issues that Arizona had before falling to Xavier. They’re either blowing big leads or they’re letting their opponent hang around until the end. Either way, that gives Xavier a great chance to win this outright as they’ve started to gain the reputation of giant killers and considering the huge amount of success they’ve had in the tournament, I think the points and Xavier are the way to go in a game I’ll take the Musketeers to win outright.

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Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:56:57 -0400 http://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81440
<![CDATA[Kansas vs. Oregon - 3/25/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/25/kansas-vs-oregon-3/25/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Headed our way on Saturday from Sprint Center in Elite Eight NCAA college basketball tournament action, we’ve got a good one featuring the Oregon Ducks and the Kansas Jayhawks. 

Oregon enters this game with a 32-5 record overall. The Ducks lost to Arizona in their last game before the tournament, but since then have dispatched Iona last Friday, Rhode Island on Sunday and Michigan on Thursday. 

Heading the charge on offense for Oregon are Dillon Brooks (16.4 PPG; 3.1 RPG), Tyler Dorsey (14.0 PPG; 3.4 RPG) and Chris Boucher (11.8 PPG; 6.1 RPG). Also…

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Headed our way on Saturday from Sprint Center in Elite Eight NCAA college basketball tournament action, we’ve got a good one featuring the Oregon Ducks and the Kansas Jayhawks. 

Oregon enters this game with a 32-5 record overall. The Ducks lost to Arizona in their last game before the tournament, but since then have dispatched Iona last Friday, Rhode Island on Sunday and Michigan on Thursday. 

Heading the charge on offense for Oregon are Dillon Brooks (16.4 PPG; 3.1 RPG), Tyler Dorsey (14.0 PPG; 3.4 RPG) and Chris Boucher (11.8 PPG; 6.1 RPG). Also in the double-digit club for the Ducks are Jordan Bell (10.8 PPG; 8.3 RPG) and Dylan Ennis (10.7 PPG; 4.4 RPG). 

Over on the Kansas side, they’re sitting at 31-4 overall. The Jayhawks lost to TCU on March 9, but have since beaten UC Davis, Michigan State and Purdue in tournament action. 

Kansas’ top scorers this season are Frank Mason III (20.8 PPG: 4.1 RPG; 5.2 APG) and Josh Jackson (16.6 PPG; 7.1 RPG). Also in double-figures for the Jayhawks is Devonte’ Graham (13.3 PPG; 4.3 APG), while Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is close (9.7 PPG). 

Oregon is 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games, and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 NCAA Tournament games. Oregon is also 1-3-1 ATS in the last five games overall, and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five neutral-site games. 

Meanwhile, Kansas is 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games, and 6-1 ATS in their last seven NCAA Tournament games. Kansas is also 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, and 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral-site games.

I’ll be honest: I didn’t think the Ducks would make it past Michigan (and they almost didn’t) but they bagged a solid win over a very competitive team. The Ducks had their defense working overtime in the Sweet Sixteen round, and I think that will continue here in the Elite Eight. That said, Kansas has looked very good in this tournament so far, and they’re simply blowing teams out. I’ll take the Jayhawks to cover here.

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<![CDATA[UCF vs. TCU - 3/28/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> http://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/28/ucf-vs-tcu-3/28/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some NIT semi-finals action on Tuesday as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The TCU Horned Frogs reached the NIT semi-finals with wins over Fresno State and Iowa in the first two rounds, followed by an 86-68 win over Richmond in the quarterfinals. Vladimir Brodziansky led the team with 20 points on 5 of 10 shooting from the floor with a 10 of 11 mark from the foul line with 7 rebounds. Desmond Bane came 2nd with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 3 threes, while Alex Robinson followed right behind with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Kenrich Williams…

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We have some NIT semi-finals action on Tuesday as the TCU Horned Frogs take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The TCU Horned Frogs reached the NIT semi-finals with wins over Fresno State and Iowa in the first two rounds, followed by an 86-68 win over Richmond in the quarterfinals. Vladimir Brodziansky led the team with 20 points on 5 of 10 shooting from the floor with a 10 of 11 mark from the foul line with 7 rebounds. Desmond Bane came 2nd with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 3 threes, while Alex Robinson followed right behind with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Kenrich Williams added 11 points on 5 of 9 shooting along with 14 rebounds and 10 assists for a huge triple-double in the winning effort for TCU. Brodziansky leads the team with an average of 13.8 points per game while Williams leads the team in rebounding with 9.5 boards and Robinson leads the team with 5.7 assists per game this season. As a team, TCU is scoring 74.5 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the arc and 68.6% from the foul line this season.

The UCF Knights will be looking to build on their wins over Colorado and Illinois State in the first 2 rounds, followed up by a 68-58 quarterfinal win over Illinois. B.J. Taylor led the team with 17 points on 5 of 14 shooting from the field with a 6 of 8 mark from the foul line. A.J. Davis and Matt Williams tied for 2nd with16 points apiece, with Williams going 5 of 13 from the floor with 4 triples, while Davis went 3 of 7 from the floor with an 8 for 10 mark from the charity stripe along with 9 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists. Tacko Fall added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for the double-double while Nick Banyard added 10 boards and 3 assists of his own in the winning effort for UCF. Williams leads the team with an average of 15.1 points per game while Fall leads the team with 9.7 rebounds and Davis leads with 2.4 assists per game this season. As a team, UCF is scoring 67.5 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the floor, 35.5% from behind the arc and 66.1% from the foul line this season. The Knights are also solid defensively, holding their opposition to just 61 points per game, the 4th-lowest total in the country, while allowing opponents to shoot just 36.3% from the field, the lowest percentage against in the country. 

TCU is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. UCF is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 Tuesday games. 

TCU's offensive firepower has been impressive, but I haven't had much faith in the Horned Frogs as a whole this season. That Big 12 tournament win against Kansas sparked TCU to where they are now, but now they get a UCF squad that is among the best defensively, and already have a win over quite possibly the best team going into the NIT after beating Illinois State. I think UCF's pressure will be too much for the Horned Frogs to handle, so I look for UCF to pull off the outright win here and head to the championship game.

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