<![CDATA[NCAA BB RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Gonzaga vs. North Carolina - 4/3/17 College Basketball Championship Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/04/03/gonzaga-vs-north-carolina-4/3/17-college-basketball-championship-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The North Carolina Tar Heels and Gonzaga Bulldogs meet Monday night in the 2017 NCAA Tournament Final at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The North Carolina Tar Heels have a chance to win their sixth NCAA Tournament championship and third since 2005. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 84.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Justin Jackson is averaging 18.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while Joel Berry II is averaging 14.5 points and 3.6 assists. Kennedy Meeks is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah…

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The North Carolina Tar Heels and Gonzaga Bulldogs meet Monday night in the 2017 NCAA Tournament Final at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The North Carolina Tar Heels have a chance to win their sixth NCAA Tournament championship and third since 2005. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 84.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Justin Jackson is averaging 18.3 points and 4.7 rebounds while Joel Berry II is averaging 14.5 points and 3.6 assists. Kennedy Meeks is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Hicks is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won 18 of their last 21 neutral site games.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs hope to win their first NCAA Tournament championship in school history. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are averaging 83.1 points on 50.8 percent shooting and allowing 61.2 points on 36.5 percent shooting. Nigel Williams-Goss is averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds while Przemek Karnowski is averaging 12.3 points and two assists. Jordan Mathews is the third double-digit scorer and Johnathan Williams is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have won 13 straight neutral site games.

The Bulldogs are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 12-3 ATS in their last 15 Monday games and 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Tar Heels are 14-6-2 ATS in their last 22 neutral site games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 21-10-1 ATS in their last 32 NCAA Tournament games as a favorite. The over is 7-2 in Tar Heels last 9 NCAA Tournament games and the under is 7-3 in Bulldogs last 10 overall.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have proven the critics wrong and have shown they can beat you in different ways. Whether it's lighting Xavier up for 83 points or playing a slow, physical game and grinding out a win over South Carolina. Gonzaga is well coached and can beat you at your own style. The North Carolina Tar Heels can bully most teams in the paint, but that won't be the case here with the Bulldogs having multiple true bigs to throw out there. Meeks won't be able to save the Tar Heels with Karnowski on the court. UNC is honestly lucky to be in this spot after Kentucky collapsed with the game in hand and Oregon losing by one despite not being able to rebound. I feel pretty confident Gonzaga is going to win this game due to the Bulldogs checking all the boxes. Defense, shooting, coaching and ability to control the glass. You can keep your point, give me Gonzaga outright.

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Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:27:26 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82097
<![CDATA[North Carolina vs. Gonzaga - 4/3/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/04/03/north-carolina-vs-gonzaga-4/3/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The 2017 NCAA college basketball tournament culminates in the championship game on Monday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Gonzaga enters this game with a 37-1 record overall. BYU on February 25 marked the last time the Bulldogs were defeated, and thus far in the tournament they’ve dispatched South Dakota State, Northwestern, West Virginia, Xavier and South Carolina. 

Leading the way in scoring for Gonzaga this season are Nigel Williams-Goss (16.7 PPG; 5.9 RPG; 4.6 APG)…

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The 2017 NCAA college basketball tournament culminates in the championship game on Monday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Gonzaga enters this game with a 37-1 record overall. BYU on February 25 marked the last time the Bulldogs were defeated, and thus far in the tournament they’ve dispatched South Dakota State, Northwestern, West Virginia, Xavier and South Carolina. 

Leading the way in scoring for Gonzaga this season are Nigel Williams-Goss (16.7 PPG; 5.9 RPG; 4.6 APG) and Przemek Kanowski (12.2 PPG: 5.8 RPG). Also in double-figures for the Bulldogs are Jordan Mathews (10.7 PPG) and Johnathan Williams (10.3 PPG; 6.6 RPG). 

Over on the North Carolina side, they’re coming into the championship game with a 32-7 record overall this season. The Tar Heels dropped their final pre-tournament game to Duke on March 10, but have beaten Texas Southern, Arkansas, Butler, Kentucky and Oregon (on Saturday in a crazy finish) to advance to the final game. 

Tops in offense for North Carolina this season are Justin Jackson (18.2 PPG; 4.7 RPG) and Joel Berry II (14.6 PPG; 3.1 RPG; 3.6 APG). Also in double-figures for the Tar Heels are Kennedy Meeks (12.3 PPG; 9.3 RPG) and Isaiah Hicks (12.1 PPG; 5.4 RPG). 

Gonzaga is 9-2-1 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS loss, and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 Monday games. Gonzaga is also 1-3-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games, and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six NCAA Tournament games. 

Meanwhile, North Carolina is 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games following an ATS loss, and 14-6-2 ATS in their last 22 neutral-site games. North Carolina is also 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win, and the over is 4-0-1 in the Tar Heels’ last five games following an ATS loss. 

This is a choice matchup, and should be a great way to end the college basketball season. I’ve been pretty high on Gonzaga for most of the year, and overall they’ve been quite self-assured in the tournament. South Carolina gave the Bulldogs a bit of a late scare on Saturday, but for the most part the Bulldogs were in control of that game. That said, this scrappy North Carolina team will be the toughest test of the postseason for Gonzaga, and I expect this one to be very close. All things considered, however, I think the Bulldogs will eke out a cover and finish off their epic season the right way. Give me Gonzaga here.

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Sun, 02 Apr 2017 00:25:34 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=82055
<![CDATA[Mississippi State vs. South Carolina - 4/2/17 NCAAW Championship College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/04/02/mississippi-state-vs-south-carolina-4/2/17-ncaaw-championship-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Sunday in the Women’s NCAA National Championship at the American Airlines Center.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs hope to win their first national championship in school history. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 76.8 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 57.2 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Victoria Vivians is averaging 16.3 points and 4.2 rebounds while Morgan William is averaging 10.9 points and 4.6 assists. Teaira McCowan is grabbing seven rebounds and Dominique…

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The Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Sunday in the Women’s NCAA National Championship at the American Airlines Center.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs hope to win their first national championship in school history. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 76.8 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 57.2 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Victoria Vivians is averaging 16.3 points and 4.2 rebounds while Morgan William is averaging 10.9 points and 4.6 assists. Teaira McCowan is grabbing seven rebounds and Dominique Dillingham is dishing two assists. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.3 rebounds per game. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 12-1 on neutral courts this season.

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The South Carolina Gamecocks hope to win their first national championship in school history. The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 77 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 57 points on 35.6 percent shooting. A'ja Wilson is averaging 17.9 points and 7.4 rebounds while Kaela Davis is averaging 13 points and 3.9 rebounds. Alaina Coates is the third double-digit scorer and Allisha Gray is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 26.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game. The South Carolina Gamecocks are 9-0 on neutral courts this season.

The South Carolina Gamecocks have already beaten Mississippi State twice this season, which includes a win a few weeks ago in the SEC Championship. The Gamecocks have better athletes and will have the best overall player in this game in Wilson. I also question just how the Bulldogs will be able to bounce back from such a victory. Beating UConn, Miss State celebrated like it already won the title and has received more attention than ever. It can be tough to rebound from such a performance.

I like the South Carolina Gamecocks to get the victory here and to be crowned champs for the first time.

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Sat, 01 Apr 2017 00:26:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81971
<![CDATA[Oregon vs. North Carolina - 4/1/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/04/01/oregon-vs-north-carolina-4/1/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Oregon Ducks and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Saturday in the NCAA Tournament Final Four at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Oregon Ducks look for another victory after beating the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. The Oregon Ducks are averaging 78.6 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Dillon Brooks is averaging 16.3 points and 3.1 rebounds while Tyler Dorsey is averaging 14.5 points and 1.8 assists. Jordan Bell is the third double-digit scorer and Dylan Ennis is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Oregon…

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The Oregon Ducks and North Carolina Tar Heels meet Saturday in the NCAA Tournament Final Four at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Oregon Ducks look for another victory after beating the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. The Oregon Ducks are averaging 78.6 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Dillon Brooks is averaging 16.3 points and 3.1 rebounds while Tyler Dorsey is averaging 14.5 points and 1.8 assists. Jordan Bell is the third double-digit scorer and Dylan Ennis is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Oregon Ducks are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Oregon Ducks are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.3 rebounds per game. The Oregon Ducks have won nine of their last 10 neutral site games.

The North Carolina Tar Heels look for another victory after beating the Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday. The North Carolina Tar Heels are averaging 84.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Justin Jackson is averaging 18.2 points and 4.7 rebounds while Joel Berry II is averaging 14.6 points and 3.6 assists. Kennedy Meeks is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Hicks is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The North Carolina Tar Heels are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The North Carolina Tar Heels are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The North Carolina Tar Heels have won 17 of their last 20 neutral site games.

The Ducks are 38-16 ATS in their last 54 games as an underdog, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 games overall. The Tar Heels are 7-3-2 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 7-3-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 11-5-1 in Tar Heels last 17 overall and the under is 5-2 in Ducks last 7 NCAA Tournament games.

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I know North Carolina is the more balanced team, has the experience and a coach who has been here done that many times. The Tar Heels also have a huge size advantage and should abuse the Ducks in the paint. However, the Oregon Ducks have athletes on top of athletes and could make this bigger, slower UNC team a little uneasy. Also, the Ducks have shooting, and if those outside shots are falling, the Tar Heels aren't exactly the quick pace scoring squad that can keep up. We also have to consider that this game is played in Phoenix, so there's sure to be a decent sized Oregon crowd. Once again I like the underdog in the Final Four matchup, as this is a game I could see the Ducks winning outright. After all, Oregon just beat the doors off Kansas in what was pretty much a home game for the Jayhawks.

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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:07:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81920
<![CDATA[South Carolina vs. Gonzaga - 4/1/17 College Basketball Final Four Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/04/01/south-carolina-vs-gonzaga-4/1/17-college-basketball-final-four-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The South Carolina Gamecocks and Gonzaga Bulldogs meet Saturday in the NCAA Tournament Final Four at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The South Carolina Gamecocks look for another victory after beating the Florida Gators on Sunday. The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 72.7 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 40 percent shooting. Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 21.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while PJ Dozier is averaging 13.8 points and 2.8 assists. Duane Notice is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Silva is grabbing…

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The South Carolina Gamecocks and Gonzaga Bulldogs meet Saturday in the NCAA Tournament Final Four at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The South Carolina Gamecocks look for another victory after beating the Florida Gators on Sunday. The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 72.7 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 40 percent shooting. Sindarius Thornwell is averaging 21.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while PJ Dozier is averaging 13.8 points and 2.8 assists. Duane Notice is the third double-digit scorer and Chris Silva is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 30.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game. The South Carolina Gamecocks have won five of their last seven neutral site games.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs look for another win after beating the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are averaging 83.2 points on 50.9 percent shooting and allowing 60.9 points on 36.4 percent shooting. Nigel Williams-Goss is averaging 16.7 points and 5.9 rebounds while Przemek Karnowski is averaging 12.2 points and 1.9 assists. Jordan Mathews is the third double-digit scorer and Johnathan Williams is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The Gonzaga Bulldogs are allowing 29.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.3 rebounds per game. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have won 12 straight neutral site games.

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The Gamecocks are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog, 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 neutral site games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bulldogs are 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 games as a favorite, 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 36-15-2 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Bulldogs last 5 overall and the under is 16-7 in Gamecocks last 23 neutral site games.

The South Carolina Gamecocks are a tough defensive team that gets after it and makes its opponent uncomfortable. We saw Gonzaga have trouble with West Virginia, and South Carolina is a better defensive team than the Mountaineers. This team simply defends its ass off and will find a way to hang around. Not to mention Thornwell has shown he's more than capable of getting hot offensively and leading the Gamecocks to victory. I still give the edge to the Gonzaga Bulldogs to move to the championship game, but this is a lot of free points with a team that's so well coached and elite defensively. I'll take them.

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Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:55:00 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81917
<![CDATA[Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Saint Peter's-CIT - 3/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/31/texas-a-and-m-corpus-christi-vs-saint-peters-cit-3/31/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments  The Saint Peter’s Peacocks and the Texas A&M CC Islanders take the floor in the CIT college basketball championship.

The Saint Peter’s Peacocks stormed to the CIT championship on the strength of a 77-51 victory over the visiting Furman Paladins that was never in doubt. The Peacocks jumped to an 18 point lead heading to the locker room and continued to keep the pressure on until the final buzzer sounded as a 3.5 point home favorite. SPC held the Paladins to 36.5% shooting while burning the nets at 56% including a 13-27 effort on threes. Nnamdi Enechionyia paced the Saint Peter’s attack…

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 The Saint Peter’s Peacocks and the Texas A&M CC Islanders take the floor in the CIT college basketball championship.

The Saint Peter’s Peacocks stormed to the CIT championship on the strength of a 77-51 victory over the visiting Furman Paladins that was never in doubt. The Peacocks jumped to an 18 point lead heading to the locker room and continued to keep the pressure on until the final buzzer sounded as a 3.5 point home favorite. SPC held the Paladins to 36.5% shooting while burning the nets at 56% including a 13-27 effort on threes. Nnamdi Enechionyia paced the Saint Peter’s attack with 18 points on 7-8 from the floor with four long balls with the twosome of Antwon Portley and Chazz Patterson scoring 13 points apiece on a combined 7-12. Quadir Welton supplied muscle on the backboards with eleven points and a game high 16 rebounds while Trevis Wyche rounded out the top contributors with eight points   and nine assists. 

The Texas A&M CC Islanders didn’t come in to the CIT with a ton of accolades after losing to New Orleans in the Southland championship but they have reached the title game of the CIT thanks to the ability to both score and defend. The Islanders knocked off the UMBC Retrievers 79-61 in the tournament semifinals behind contributions from both ends of the floor. Texas A&M CC trailed by five at the break but dominated the final 20 minutes thanks to a 50-27 run as a 2.5 point road favorite. The Islanders held a 48%-41% edge in marksmanship while totaling 18 more shots because of 21 UMBC turnovers which added up to 12 more baskets. Rashawn Thomas paced the Islanders with a game high 23 points and nine rebounds on 9-19 with Kareem South netting 20 points on 8-11 while Ehab Amin and Joseph Kilgore added 16 and 14 points.

The under is 7-1 in Saint Peter’s last 8 non-conference games and the under is 7-2-2 in Saint Peter’s last 11 overall while the under is 18-7-1 in Saint Peter’s last 26 road games. The under is 11-3 in Texas A&M CC last 14 home games and the over is 7-2 in Texas A&M CC last 9 Friday games while Texas A&M CC are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.

This is a game where both teams are playing well with both able to control the scoreboard. I think the total is a bit low so I’ll back the over and hope the Peacocks bring the title home…

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Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:36:56 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81848
<![CDATA[Wyoming vs. Coastal Carolina - 3/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/31/wyoming-vs-coastal-carolina-3/31/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Coming up on Friday from Arena-Auditorium, we’ve got the winner-take-all final game of the CBI Championship Series between the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Wyoming Cowboys. 

Coastal Carolina enters this game with a 20-18 record overall. The Chanticleers beat Hampton, Loyola (MD) and UIC to get to the championship series. Coastal Carolina won the first game over Wyoming on Monday, but fell in Wednesday’s Game 2. 

Heading up the scoring for Coastal Carolina this season are Jaylen Shaw (14.7 PPG; 3.4 RPG; 3.9 APG) and Elijah Wilson (13.4…

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Coming up on Friday from Arena-Auditorium, we’ve got the winner-take-all final game of the CBI Championship Series between the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Wyoming Cowboys. 

Coastal Carolina enters this game with a 20-18 record overall. The Chanticleers beat Hampton, Loyola (MD) and UIC to get to the championship series. Coastal Carolina won the first game over Wyoming on Monday, but fell in Wednesday’s Game 2. 

Heading up the scoring for Coastal Carolina this season are Jaylen Shaw (14.7 PPG; 3.4 RPG; 3.9 APG) and Elijah Wilson (13.4 PPG; 3.3 RPG). Also averaging in double-figures for the Chanticleers is Shivaughn Wiggins (10.3 PPG), while Demario Beck (9.9 PPG; 7.9 RPG) and Colton Ray-St. Cyr (9.4 PPG) are close. 

As for Wyoming, they’re sitting at 22-15 overall this season. The Cowboys beat Eastern Washington, UMKC and Utah Valley in CBI action before falling to Coastal Carolina on Monday, but bounced back with a home win on Wednesday. 

Leading the way in offense for the Cowboys this season are Justin James (15.8 PPG; 4.9 RPG) and Hayden Dalton (12.2 PPG; 8.3 RPG). Also in double-figures for Wyoming are Jason McManamen (11.5 PPG: 3.1 RPG) and Alan Herndon (11.3 PPG: 5.9 RPG). 

Coastal Carolina is 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall, and 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games. Coastal Carolina is also 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, and 0-4 ATS in their last four Friday games. 

Meanwhile, Wyoming is 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games, and 6-1 ATS in their last seven non-conference games. Wyoming is also 8-2 ATS in their last nine games overall, and 6-11-2 ATS in their last 19 versus the Sun Belt. 

Coastal Carolina pulled off an impressive win at home in Game 1 of this series, beating the Cowboys 91-81. Wednesday was a different story all together, however, as Wyoming picked up speed after halftime and never looked back in a dominant 81-57 beatdown. The fact that the Chanticleers are just 1-5 ATS in their last six road games doesn’t bode well for them coming into this one. I think the Cowboys are in control of this series now, and should assert themselves en route to a championship on Friday. Give me Wyoming to cover.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:06:01 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81824
<![CDATA[TCU vs. Georgia Tech - 3/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/30/tcu-vs-georgia-tech-3/30/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the TCU Horned Frogs square off on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden for the 2017 NIT championship.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets road to the final included wins over Indiana, Belmont, Ole Miss, and in the semi-finals, a 76-61 win over Cinderella Cal State-Bakersfield. Josh Okogie led the team with 22 points on 7 of 18 shooting with 9 rebounds, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks. Ben Lammers came 2nd with 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 11 rebounds, a pair of steals and 5 blocks for the double-double. Quinton Stephens came 3rd with 13…

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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the TCU Horned Frogs square off on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden for the 2017 NIT championship.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets road to the final included wins over Indiana, Belmont, Ole Miss, and in the semi-finals, a 76-61 win over Cinderella Cal State-Bakersfield. Josh Okogie led the team with 22 points on 7 of 18 shooting with 9 rebounds, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks. Ben Lammers came 2nd with 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 11 rebounds, a pair of steals and 5 blocks for the double-double. Quinton Stephens came 3rd with 13 points with a pair of threes, 9 rebounds and 3 assists, while Tadric Jackson chipped in 12 points. Josh Heath added 2 points but dished out a team-high 4 assists in the win. Okogie leads the team with an average of 16.2 points per game while Heath leads the team with 4.4 assists per game. Lammers leads the team with 9.3 rebounds per game and sits 3rd in the entire country with 3.4 blocks per game this season. As a team, Georgia Tech is scoring 67.8 points per game on 44% shooting from the floor, 32.8% from behind the arc and 68.5% from the foul line this season.

The TCU Horned Frogs reached the finals with wins over Fresno State, Iowa, Richmond and in the semi-finals, UCF, by a final score of 68-53. Vladimir Brodziansky led the team with 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 9 rebounds, while Kenrich Williams chipped in 14 points on 6 of 11 shooting with a pair of triples along with game-highs of 14 rebounds and 7 assists, joining Brodziansky as the only TCU players to score in double figures in the win. Alex Robinson and Desmond Bane each added 5 points apiece, with Robinson dishing out 6 assists and Bane notching a pair of blocks for the Horned Frogs. Brodziansky leads the team with an average of 13.9 points per game while Williams leads the team in rebounding with 9.6 boards and Robinson leads the team in assists with 5.7 assists per game this season. As a team, TCU is scoring 74.4 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the arc and 68.3% from the foul line this season.

Georgia Tech is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games against the Big 12 and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall while the under is 13-5 in their last 18 non-conference games. TCU is 10-2 in their last 12 neutral site games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 22-10 in their last 32 non-conference games.

I got burned picking against these two teams in the semis, so with that said, Even with how well TCU has played up to this point, I think Georgia Tech has the size and ability to match the Horned Frogs here and I don’t think the line should be this big, so I’ll take a shot with Georgia Tech and the points in a game that could go either way.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:01:42 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81779
<![CDATA[South Carolina vs. Stanford - 3/31/17 NCAAW Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/31/south-carolina-vs-stanford-3/31/17-ncaaw-tournament-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Stanford Cardinal and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Friday in the Final Four of the Women’s NCAA Tournament at the American Airlines Center.

The Stanford Cardinal look for another victory after beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sunday. The Stanford Cardinal are averaging 72.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 56.3 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Erica McCall is averaging 14.4 points and 8.9 rebounds while Brittany McPhee is averaging 13.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. Karlie Samuelson is the third double-digit scorer and Alanna…

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The Stanford Cardinal and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Friday in the Final Four of the Women’s NCAA Tournament at the American Airlines Center.

The Stanford Cardinal look for another victory after beating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sunday. The Stanford Cardinal are averaging 72.2 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 56.3 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Erica McCall is averaging 14.4 points and 8.9 rebounds while Brittany McPhee is averaging 13.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. Karlie Samuelson is the third double-digit scorer and Alanna Smith is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Stanford Cardinal are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Stanford Cardinal are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.1 rebounds per game. The Stanford Cardinal are 10-0 on neutral courts this season.

The South Carolina Gamecocks look for another victory after beating the Florida State Seminoles on Monday. The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 77 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 57 points on 35.6 percent shooting. A'ja Wilson is averaging 17.9 points and 7.4 rebounds while Kaela Davis is averaging 13 points and 3.9 rebounds. Alaina Coates is the third double-digit scorer and Allisha Gray is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 26.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.9 rebounds per game. The South Carolina Gamecocks are 8-0 on neutral courts this season.

The South Carolina Gamecocks are simply the better team in this matchup at both ends of the court and the difference overall will be the athletes of the Gamecocks. A'ja Wilson is one of the top players in the country, and she seems hungry to get another crack at UConn. Stanford is the more disciplined team and is extremely well coached by Tara VanDerveer, but I usually give the edge to the teams overall when there's a gap in talent.

I like the South Carolina Gamecocks to advance to the final and get another stab at the UConn Huskies.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:26:50 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81767
<![CDATA[Mississippi State vs. UConn - 3/31/17 NCAAW Tournament College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/03/31/mississippi-state-vs-uconn-3/31/17-ncaaw-tournament-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The UConn Huskies and Mississippi State Bulldogs meet Friday in the Final Four of the Women’s NCAA Tournament at the American Airlines Center.

The UConn Huskies look for another victory after beating the Oregon Ducks on Monday. The UConn Huskies are averaging 87.7 points on 52.9 percent shooting and allowing 54.6 points on 35 percent shooting. Napheesa Collier is averaging 20.6 points and 9.1 rebounds while Katie Lou Samuelson is averaging 20.3 points and 3.3 assists. Gabby Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Kia Nurse is dishing four…

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The UConn Huskies and Mississippi State Bulldogs meet Friday in the Final Four of the Women’s NCAA Tournament at the American Airlines Center.

The UConn Huskies look for another victory after beating the Oregon Ducks on Monday. The UConn Huskies are averaging 87.7 points on 52.9 percent shooting and allowing 54.6 points on 35 percent shooting. Napheesa Collier is averaging 20.6 points and 9.1 rebounds while Katie Lou Samuelson is averaging 20.3 points and 3.3 assists. Gabby Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Kia Nurse is dishing four assists. The UConn Huskies are shooting 40.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line. The UConn Huskies are allowing 27.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.1 rebounds per game. The UConn Huskies are 8-0 on neutral courts this season.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs look for another victory after beating the Baylor Bears on Sunday. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are averaging 76.8 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 57.2 points on 39.2 percent shooting. Victoria Vivians is averaging 16.3 points and 4.2 rebounds while Morgan William is averaging 10.9 points and 4.6 assists. Teaira McCowan is grabbing seven rebounds and Dominique Dillingham is dishing two assists. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.3 rebounds per game. The Mississippi State Bulldogs are 11-1 on neutral courts this season.

This is UConn's toughest test of the tournament, as the Mississippi State Bulldogs are solid defensively and have players who can hit shots, especially from the outside. I always said you need to make the three ball to hang around with UConn, and 35.3 percent from deep isn't terrible. Mississippi State has size to help control the pain and has scored no less than 75 points in each game this tournament. This game could be closer than expected, especially when you factor in the Bulldogs were dragged across the floor by UConn last season in the tournament, 98-38. This will be a hungry, motivated basketball team.

UConn obviously wins, but I like the value of the points here.

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Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:04:49 -0400 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=81764