<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Jana Fett vs Caroline Wozniacki 2018 Australian Open Preview and Predictions]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/16/jana-fett-vs-caroline-wozniacki-2018-australian-open-preview-and-predictions#comments World number 2 Caroline Wozniacki had a big win in her opening match of the Australian Open and now in the second round of the tournament, she will be up against Croatian Jana Fett. Both players will be feeling good after their first-round performances meaning we should be able to witness a good game of tennis.

Caroline Wozniacki has established herself as one of the best tennis players in the world but she is yet to win a big Grand Slam tournaments. This is one of the best chances she will get with many big names not playing or already eliminated…

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World number 2 Caroline Wozniacki had a big win in her opening match of the Australian Open and now in the second round of the tournament, she will be up against Croatian Jana Fett. Both players will be feeling good after their first-round performances meaning we should be able to witness a good game of tennis.

Caroline Wozniacki has established herself as one of the best tennis players in the world but she is yet to win a big Grand Slam tournaments. This is one of the best chances she will get with many big names not playing or already eliminated from the tournament. In addition to that, she is also in great form which was proven in her first round match as well as her previous tournament. This is a game that she will be expected to win and I think she will win with some ease.

For Jana Fett, this is a game that she will not be expecting to win. At only 21 years of age, she has already exceeded her expectation for this event. Playing a player like Wozniacki will be a big learning experience for Jana Fett but I don’t think she has what it takes to win this match since she is clearly not at the level of the Danish superstar.

With all that mind, there are one bet which I like. The first bet in Caroline Wozniacki to win in straight sets. The Danish player will want to win this match quickly since it avoids unwanted fatigue so I expect a quick contest. As far as betting on the outright result is concerned, I don’t think we are getting the right so that is a bet which I would avoid if possible.

 

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:02:37 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110440
<![CDATA[Novak Djokovic vs. Gael Monfils 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/17/novak-djokovic-vs-gael-monfils-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Donald Young that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 79 percent of his first serve points and 71 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic came into the tournament with question marks, but he looked like Djokovic of old, dominating with his service game and giving himself 25 break chances. Obviously Young isn’t the best competition given his struggles, but if you had Djokovic winning this tournament, you have…

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Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Donald Young that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 79 percent of his first serve points and 71 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic came into the tournament with question marks, but he looked like Djokovic of old, dominating with his service game and giving himself 25 break chances. Obviously Young isn’t the best competition given his struggles, but if you had Djokovic winning this tournament, you have to be pleased with what you saw in the opener. Djokovic will be a player to keep an eye on as the competition increases. Djokovic has lost before the third round of a grand slam just once since 2009. Djokovic has won 10 of his last 13 matches on hard court.

Gael Monfils is coming off a straight sets win over Jaume Munar that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Monfils won 76 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. Monfils hit 38 winners in his victory and converted on six of his eight break chances. Monfils continues what has been a really solid start to the 2018 season, as he’s fresh off winning the Qatar Open and has now won 10 of his last 12 matches overall. Assuming Monfils stays in this form and doesn’t return to his old antics, he’s a threat against anybody due to his power game and ability to spray winners from anywhere on the court. Monfils hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the sixth straight appearance. Monfils has won eight of his last nine matches on hard court.

These two have played 15 times and Djokovic has won 14 of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2017 Nottingham Open, a match Novak won in straight sets. Monfils’ only win over Djokovic came in challenger play in 2004, their first meeting. Monfils has lost 10 of the last 11 sets against Djokovic. 

This is going to be an interesting match, as Djokovic still doesn’t have a lot of play under his belt, and Monfils has been a different Monfils over the last couple of years. If Monfils stays focused and doesn’t give away cheap points, he’s going to make this match competitive. I’d consider taking the spread whatever it is. As for simply picking an outright winner, you have to side with Djokovic because of the head to head history. Glaring head to head numbers rarely change in this sport. 

Monfils should win a set in this match, but Djokovic will advance.

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:46:32 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110437
<![CDATA[Simona Halep vs. Eugenie Bouchard 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/17/simona-halep-vs-eugenie-bouchard-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Destanee Aiava that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 77 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Halep had to really fight to win the opening set of her match and then suffered a nasty ankle injury. Halep managed to win the second set rather easily, but her movement was limited at times, and the injury will be worth keeping an eye on throughout the week. Halep hopes to make…

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Simona Halep and Eugenie Bouchard meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Simona Halep is coming off a straight sets win over Destanee Aiava that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Halep won 77 percent of her first serve points and 58 percent of her second serve points. Halep had to really fight to win the opening set of her match and then suffered a nasty ankle injury. Halep managed to win the second set rather easily, but her movement was limited at times, and the injury will be worth keeping an eye on throughout the week. Halep hopes to make her sixth grand slam third round appearance since 2016. Halep has won seven straight matches on hard court.

Eugenie Bouchard is coming off a straight sets win over Oceane Dodin that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Bouchard won 75 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Bouchard came into this tournament not winning a match since New Haven, so the victory had to feel good. It’s now a question if Bouchard can ever return to the form that we saw four years ago when she made three deep grand slam runs at such a young age. Only time will tell, but her opening victory was a good start. Bouchard hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the third time since 2016. Bouchard has lost six of her last seven matches on hard court.

These two have played three times and Halep has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2014 WTA Championships, a match Halep won in two sets. Bouchard’s only career win over Halep came in the 2014 Wimbledon.

Halep’s ankle is a concern for me as we move forward, as she turned it nasty and wasn’t moving the same in the second set despite a victory. A day off should help, as she’ll receive around the clock care in hopes of getting back to 100 percent. Assuming Halep is good to go, she should win this match. Bouchard has done very little since her 2014 season and one victory doesn’t change much.

Halep should win this match in straight sets.

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:44:02 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110434
<![CDATA[Stan Wawrinka vs. Tennys Sandgren 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/17/stan-wawrinka-vs-tennys-sandgren-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Stan Wawrinka and Tennys Sandgren meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Stan Wawrinka is coming off a four sets win over Ricardas Berankis that took 40 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 72 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka cruised in his first two sets, but he then started to fall apart and was extremely close to having to play five sets. Letting up and unforced errors are always the concern with Wawrinka, and I’m sure a near three hour match doesn’t help someone who had injury concerns…

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Stan Wawrinka and Tennys Sandgren meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Stan Wawrinka is coming off a four sets win over Ricardas Berankis that took 40 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 72 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka cruised in his first two sets, but he then started to fall apart and was extremely close to having to play five sets. Letting up and unforced errors are always the concern with Wawrinka, and I’m sure a near three hour match doesn’t help someone who had injury concerns coming into the tournament. Wawrinka is always a tough player to figure out, especially early. Wawrinka hasn’t lost before the third round of the Australian Open since 2008. Wawrinka has won eight of his last 10 matches on hard court.

Tennys Sandgren is coming off a straight sets win over Jeremy Chardy that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Sandgren won 81 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Sandgren is coming off the biggest win of his career, as he beat a top-100 player and is now i the second round of a grand slam for the first time. Sandgren is a 26-year-old American from Tennessee who has very little ATP experience, but he did make several challenger final appearances last season. Sandgren has a chance to make the third round of a grand slam for the first time. Sandgren has split his last eight matches on hard court.

This will be the first match on the tennis court. 

Sandgren has a shot to make things interesting if he can serve the way he did against Chardy, but experience matters in grand slam play, and he has none. Wawrinka is always a threat to lose in early rounds, but he improves his play the deeper he gets into the competition. Add that to the fact he hasn’t lost in the second round of the AO in forever, and you have to like the Swiss to get the job done.

Wawrinka should win this match in straight sets. Should.

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Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:42:06 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110431
<![CDATA[Alexander Zverev vs. Peter Gojowczyk 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/tennis-picks/2018/01/17/alexander-zverev-vs-peter-gojowczyk-2018-australian-open-pick-odds-prediction#comments Alexander Zverev and Peter Gojowczyk meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Alexander Zverev is coming off a straight sets win over Thomas Fabbiano that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 71 percent of his first serve points and 51 percent of his second serve points. Zverev played a very clean match in his opener that included 47 winners in three sets, a number that will make him very tough to beat if he can continue to produce at that level. Zverev was a dark horse contender for some folks heading into the Australian Open, but he usually…

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Alexander Zverev and Peter Gojowczyk meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open.

Alexander Zverev is coming off a straight sets win over Thomas Fabbiano that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Zverev won 71 percent of his first serve points and 51 percent of his second serve points. Zverev played a very clean match in his opener that included 47 winners in three sets, a number that will make him very tough to beat if he can continue to produce at that level. Zverev was a dark horse contender for some folks heading into the Australian Open, but he usually gets bounced early in grand slams, so it’s going to be interesting to see if he can finally get over the hump this time around. Zverev hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the fifth time in his career. Zverev has split his last eight matches on hard court.

Peter Gojowczyk is coming off a straight sets win over Mikhail Kukushkin that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Gojowczyk won 72 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Gojowczyk is also coming off a solid performance in which he got 67 percent of his first serves in play and managed to produce 12 break chances. Gojowczyk has little to no grand slam success in his career, but he’s off to a great start to 2018, which included a win over Jack Sock in Auckland. Gojowczyk can’t be overlooked given his current form. Gojowczyk hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Gojowczyk has won five of his last seven matches on hard court.

This will be the first meeting on the tennis court.

I need to see Zverev make a deep grand slam run before I consider him a threat to win the tournament, but this is a match he should have no trouble with. Gojowczyk has done almost nothing on the big stage and just produced his first victory at the Australian Open in his fifth appearance. I wouldn’t be shocked if Gojowczyk steals a set with his serve, but that’s all about that’s going to happen.

Zverev wins comfortably in either three or four sets.

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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:45:49 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110428
<![CDATA[New York Islanders vs. New Jersey Devils - 1/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/16/new-york-islanders-vs-new-jersey-devils-1/16/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Barclays Center.

The New Jersey Devils could use a win here to snap a rough six-game losing streak. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 15 goals, Will Butcher has 24 assists and Nico Hischier has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up…

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The New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Barclays Center.

The New Jersey Devils could use a win here to snap a rough six-game losing streak. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Taylor Hall leads New Jersey with 15 goals, Will Butcher has 24 assists and Nico Hischier has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Cory Schneider has given up 90 goals on 1,058 shots faced and Keith Kinkaid has allowed 33 goals on 319 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in each of their last six games.

The New York Islanders look for another victory to build on their three-game winning streak. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 25 goals, Josh Bailey has 38 assists and John Tavares has 136 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 73.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 84 goals on 897 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 70 goals on 591 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed four or more goals in seven of their last eight games.

The Devils are 21-44 in their last 65 vs. a team with a winning record, 6-18 in their last 24 vs. Metropolitan and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Devils are 0-8 in the last 8 meetings in New York, 5-17 in the last 22 meetings and the home team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The New York Islanders make it hard for me to back them given their major defensive issues and playing on the end of a back to back doesn't help much. However, the Devils have lost six straight and have been getting rocked against winning teams. Defensive issues and all, you have no choice but to side with the Islanders at home against a slumpping squad.

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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:04:01 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110419
<![CDATA[Boston Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 1/16/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nba-picks/2018/01/16/boston-celtics-vs-new-orleans-pelicans-1/16/18-nba-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics meet Tuesday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The New Orleans Pelicans need another victory after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.7 points and 10.5 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.5 points and 12.6 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond…

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Boston Celtics meet Tuesday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The New Orleans Pelicans need another victory after splitting their last eight games. The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 111 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 111 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.7 points and 10.5 rebounds while DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 25.5 points and 12.6 rebounds. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and E'Twaun Moore is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The New Orleans Pelicans have split their last eight road games. 

The Boston Celtics look for another victory to build on their seven-game winning streak. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 97.7 points on 43 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 24 points and five assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.2 points and 5.7 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won four straight home games.

The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Celtics are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pelicans are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings, the underdog is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the under is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.

The Boston Celtics continue to be one of the more consistent teams in the league and have had a ton of time off due to their return trip from London. The New Orleans Pelicans are hit or miss, and they simply don't have the defense to hang with the Celtics, one of the most balanced teams in the league. This is a game where New Orleans could easily get blown out. I'll take the Celtics and the reasonabel number.

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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:19:59 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110353
<![CDATA[LSU vs. Georgia - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/lsu-vs-georgia-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some SEC action on the hardwood as the Georgia Bulldogs take on the LSU Tigers in a college basketball matchup on Tuesday night.

The Georgia Bulldogs will look to rebound from back-to-back losses, including a 64-57 loss to South Carolina in their last outing. Yante Maten led the team with 25 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the floor with an 8 of 10 mark from the foul line with 8 rebounds and 4 blocks, while Juwan Parker was the only other Bulldog to score in double figures with 11 points. Derek Ogbeide led the team with 10 rebounds in addition to his 3 blocks,…

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We have some SEC action on the hardwood as the Georgia Bulldogs take on the LSU Tigers in a college basketball matchup on Tuesday night.

The Georgia Bulldogs will look to rebound from back-to-back losses, including a 64-57 loss to South Carolina in their last outing. Yante Maten led the team with 25 points on 8 of 14 shooting from the floor with an 8 of 10 mark from the foul line with 8 rebounds and 4 blocks, while Juwan Parker was the only other Bulldog to score in double figures with 11 points. Derek Ogbeide led the team with 10 rebounds in addition to his 3 blocks, while Rayshaun Hammonds added 7 rebounds and William Jackson II dished out a pair of assists to lead the team in that category. Maten leads the team with an average of 19.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, while Jackson II is the team’s leading assist man with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Georgia is scoring 70.8 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 32.2% from the 3-point line and 70.9% from the foul line this season.

The LSU Tigers will look to get back on track after winning 5 of their last 7 games, but falling to Alabama last time out by a final score of 74-66. Tremont Waters led the team with 19 points on 5 of 13 shooting with 3 threes along with a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals. Aaron Epps came 2nd with 14 points and a share of the team lead with 4 rebounds, while Duop Reath chipped in 12 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for LSU in the loss. Waters leads LSU by averaging 16.9 points and 6 assists per game, while Epps is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, LSU is scoring 81.1 points per game on 49.8% shooting from the field, 36.1% from behind the arc and 74.3% from the foul line this season.

Georgia is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 conference matchups. LSU is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 conference matchups while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. The underdog is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

Neither of these two teams have been lighting the world on fire as of late, and LSU has been in much better form between these two teams. However, I think that Georgia will want to rebound after their poor showing against a below average South Carolina team, and since the underdog has had the bulk of the success in this matchup, I’ll take the free buckets with Georgia in this one. 

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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:25:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110410
<![CDATA[Ball State vs. Central Michigan - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/ball-state-vs-central-michigan-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Central Michigan Chippewas will travel to Worthen Arena to take on the Ball State Cardinals this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Central Michigan Chippewas lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 12-5 (1-3 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 93-82, this past Saturday. Central Michigan struggled on the defensive end and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 45-39 margin at halftime. Central Michigan allowed Toledo to shoot 47.4% from the field and 43.8% (14-32) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Chippewas…

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The Central Michigan Chippewas will travel to Worthen Arena to take on the Ball State Cardinals this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Central Michigan Chippewas lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 12-5 (1-3 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Toledo Rockets, 93-82, this past Saturday. Central Michigan struggled on the defensive end and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 45-39 margin at halftime. Central Michigan allowed Toledo to shoot 47.4% from the field and 43.8% (14-32) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Chippewas was Shawn Roundtree who had 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Central Michigan is averaging 78.2 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Chippewas are averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Central Michigan has been led by Cecil Williams (14.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.2 bpg), Shawn Roundtree (14.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.6 apg), David DiLeo (13.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg), and Kevin McKay (9.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.9 spg). Defensively, Central Michigan is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 40.8% shooting from the field. The Chippewas have a rebound margin of 3.7 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The Ball State Cardinals dropped to 11-6 (2-2 MAC) on the season after being defeated by the Western Michigan Broncos, 73-58, this past Saturday. Ball State struggled offensively against the Broncos and never held the lead after Western Michigan opened the game up on a 13-3 run. Ball State shot just 28.6% (8-28) from beyond the arc and lost the turnover margin by a 15-8 margin. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Tayler Persons who had 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists. On the season, Ball State is averaging 75.7 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Cardinals are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Ball state has been led by Tayler Persons (14.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.2 apg), Kyle Mallers (10.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.2 apg), Tahjai Teague (9.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.2 spg), and Trey Moses (8.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, Ball State is allowing their opponents to average 73.9 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Cardinals have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of -1.4.

The Chippewas are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 however, are just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss. The Cardinals are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games vs. MAC opponents and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss.

Central Michigan has struggled since the start of conference play, however, the Chippewas still have been solid this season as they rank 92nd in scoring offense, 80th in scoring defense, and 63rd in defensive FG%. Ball State struggled on the road against Western Michigan, however, Ball State is a very good team with as shown by their victory on the road against Notre Dame and currently ranks 144th in scoring offense, and T-125th in three-pointers made per game. Central Michigan has a somewhat soft schedule to start their season which helped pile up the wins and as Ball State as it home and has the best player on the court in Tayler Persons, I’m taking the Cardinals to cover this home spread. 

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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:20:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110389
<![CDATA[North Dakota State vs. North Dakota - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/north-dakota-state-vs-north-dakota-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will travel to the Scheels Center to take on the North Dakota State Bison this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-11 (2-4 Summit) on the season after defeating the Weber State Wildcats, 89-79, this past Saturday. North Dakota was outstanding offensively throughout the game and was able to hold the lead throughout the entire 2nd half after taking a 36-27 halftime lead. North Dakota shot 54.4% from the field and 52.4% (11-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading…

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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks will travel to the Scheels Center to take on the North Dakota State Bison this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-11 (2-4 Summit) on the season after defeating the Weber State Wildcats, 89-79, this past Saturday. North Dakota was outstanding offensively throughout the game and was able to hold the lead throughout the entire 2nd half after taking a 36-27 halftime lead. North Dakota shot 54.4% from the field and 52.4% (11-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Fighting Hawks was Geno Crandall who had 25 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, and a steal. On the season, North Dakota is averaging 75.2 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 30.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota has been led by Geno Crandall (15.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.9 spg), Marlon Stewart (13.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Cortez Seales (10.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Dale Jones (10.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, North Dakota is allowing their opponents to average 81.9 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field. The Fighting Hawks have a rebound margin of -6.7 and a turnover margin of 1.7.

The North Dakota State Bison improved to 10-8 (2-2 Summit) on the season after defeating the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, 82-64, this past Saturday. North Dakota State led by a 39-36 margin at halftime and pulled away early in the 2nd half after a 10-0 Bison run gave North Dakota State a 53-39 lead with 13:45 left in regulation. North Dakota State shot 54.7% from the field and 52.6% (10-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bison was Paul Miller who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals. On the season, North Dakota State is averaging 74.4 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 39.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Dakota State has been led by Paul Miller (18.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.7 apg), Cameron Hunter (10.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.4 apg), Tyson Ward (10.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.5 apg), and A.J. Jacobson (8.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, North Dakota State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of -2.5.

The Fighting Hawks are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS win however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Bison are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 games following a ATS win and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.

North Dakota has played well over their last two games after losing their previous 8 games, however, the Fighting Hawks to continue their winning ways they’ll need to improve their defense that ranks 335th in scoring defense and 343rd in defensive FG%. North Dakota State rebounded from an ugly loss against Denver with a quality win against Oral Roberts and come into this game led by their defense that ranks 83rd in scoring defense and 70th in defensive FG%. North Dakota State is a decent team however, North Dakota is playing much better as of late and as the Fighting Hawks showed they can play on the road with their OT loss at Gonzaga, I think North Dakota does enough with the points to cover in this one.

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<![CDATA[Memphis vs. Connecticut - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/memphis-vs-connecticut-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The UConn Huskies will travel to FedExForum to take on the Memphis Tigers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The UConn Huskies won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-7 (3-2 AAC) on the season after defeating the Tulane Green Wave, 67-57, this past Saturday. UConn was solid on the offensive end and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 56-43 lead with 8:13 left in regulation. UConn shot 48.1% from the field and 50.0% (7-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Jalen Adams who had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal.…

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The UConn Huskies will travel to FedExForum to take on the Memphis Tigers this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The UConn Huskies won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-7 (3-2 AAC) on the season after defeating the Tulane Green Wave, 67-57, this past Saturday. UConn was solid on the offensive end and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 56-43 lead with 8:13 left in regulation. UConn shot 48.1% from the field and 50.0% (7-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Jalen Adams who had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal. On the season, UConn is averaging 69.9 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UConn has been led by Jalen Adams (18.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.7 spg), Terry Larrier (15.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Christian Vital (13.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg), and Antwoine Anderson (6.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, UConn is allowing their opponents to average 71.4 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The Memphis Tigers have won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-6 (3-2 AAC) on the season after defeating the Temple Owls, 75-72 in OT, this past Saturday. Memphis allowed Temple to fight back to force OT after giving up a 55-46 lead with just under six minutes to play in regulation, however, was able to pull out the win in dramatic fashion as Kareem Brewton Jr. hit the game-winning three-pointer as time expired in OT. Memphis held Temple to 34.2% shooting from the field and 36.4% (12-33) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Jeremiah Martin who had 26 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Memphis is averaging 70.9 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 29.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Memphis has been led by Jeremiah Martin (18.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.3 spg), Kyvon Davenport (12.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.5 bpg), Kareem Brewton Jr. (8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Jimario Rivers (8.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, Memphis is allowing their opponents to an average 71.1 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Huskies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win however, just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.

UConn has bounced back nicely from their 4-game losing streak to win three straight however, will need to find some help for Jalen Adams on the offensive end as the Huskies currently rank just 283rd in scoring offense and 323rd in FG%. Memphis has won 5 of their last 8 games and come into this contest ranked 263rd in scoring offense, T-152nd in scoring defense, and 122nd defensive FG%. Memphis has to be thrilled to pick up their 1st victory away from home against Temple and as the Tigers have a solid 11-1 record at home, I’m taking Memphis to cover this small home spread. 

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<![CDATA[Arizona Coyotes vs. San Jose Sharks - 1/16/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/nhl-picks/2018/01/16/arizona-coyotes-vs-san-jose-sharks-1/16/18-nhl-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.

The San Jose Sharks look for another victory after splitting their last six games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 17 goals, Brent Burns has 23 assists and Joe Thornton has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 33 goals on 436…

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The San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.

The San Jose Sharks look for another victory after splitting their last six games. The San Jose Sharks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 22.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Logan Couture leads San Jose with 17 goals, Brent Burns has 23 assists and Joe Thornton has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the San Jose Sharks are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 84.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Aaron Dell has given up 33 goals on 436 shots faced and Martin Jones has allowed 71 goals on 794 shots. The San Jose Sharks have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.

The Arizona Coyotes could use a win here after losing 12 of their last 15 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Clayton Keller leads Arizona with 14 goals, Derek Stepan has 19 assists and Alex Goligoski has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Scott Wedgewood has given up 53 goals on 499 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 54 goals on 638 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in 11 of their last 16 games.

The Sharks are 0-4 in their last 4 games playing on 0 days rest, 36-15 in their last 51 Tuesday games and 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Pacific. The Coyotes are 1-8 in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest, 7-20 in their last 27 home games and 13-41 in their last 54 overall. The Sharks are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and the under is 32-14-5 in the last 51 meetings.

The San Jose Sharks are on the end of a back to back, something they've had no recent success on, but they're playing a young Arizona Coyotes squad that simply doesn't know how to finish games yet or string wins together. The Coyotes struggle to win no matter the situation, and that includes against the Sharks who they've lost six of the last nine meetings against. The Sharks have outscored the Coyotes 13-7 in the last three meetings. I have to back San Jose here as a fade from Arizona.

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<![CDATA[Notre Dame vs. Louisville - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/notre-dame-vs-louisville-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some ACC college basketball action going down Tuesday night between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The Louisville Cardinals will be looking to build on back-to-back conference wins, including a 97-86 win over Virginia Tech last time out. Deng Adel led the team with 27 points on 10 of 15 shooting with 11 rebounds for the double-double. Quentin Snider came 2nd with 19 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 3 threes and a perfect 8 of 8 mark from the foul line, while V.J. King added 16 points with a pair of steals. Ryan McMahon added 10…

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We have some ACC college basketball action going down Tuesday night between the Louisville Cardinals and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

The Louisville Cardinals will be looking to build on back-to-back conference wins, including a 97-86 win over Virginia Tech last time out. Deng Adel led the team with 27 points on 10 of 15 shooting with 11 rebounds for the double-double. Quentin Snider came 2nd with 19 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 3 threes and a perfect 8 of 8 mark from the foul line, while V.J. King added 16 points with a pair of steals. Ryan McMahon added 10 points to round out the double-digit scoring for the Cards in the win, with Raymond Spalding adding 6 points and 4 blocks and Dwayne Sutton leading the team with 3 steals. Adel leads the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game, while Spalding leads the way with 9 rebounds per game and Snider leads the team in assists with 4.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Louisville is scoring 77.6 points per game on 45.5% shooting from the field, 34.9% from behind the arc and 74.1% from the foul line this season.

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish will look to rebound from consecutive defeats, including a narrow 69-68 loss to North Carolina last time out. Temple Gibbs led the team with 19 points on 6 of 20 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 6 assists. Martinas Geben came 2nd with 14 points with 9 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Nikola Djogo added 12 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Irish in the loss. Rex Pflueger added 7 points with 4 assists and D.J. Harvey added 9 points with 8 rebounds in the losing effort as well. The Irish will one again be without leading scorer Bonzie Colson, who is ailing from a broken foot and led the team with 21.4 points per game this season, while leading assist man Matt Farrell, who is averaging 5.1 assists per game, is questionable after dealing with an ankle injury. Geben leads the Irish on the glass with 7.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Notre Dame is scoring 77.7 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 38.4% from behind the arc and 76.2% from the foul line this season.

Louisville is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games while the over is 10-4 in their last 14 conference matchups. Notre Dame is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference matchups while the over is 11-4 in their last 15 games against a team with a winning record. Louisville is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

Louisville hasn’t had a whole lot of success against the Irish as of late, however, the Irish just seem lost without Colson, and even if Farrell is good to go, I can’t think he’ll be at 100%. Say what you want about Louisville, but they’re still a solid team that has depth and tons of ability to go around, so I’ll take the free bucket in a game I think the Cardinals win outright to add to Notre Dame’s misery.

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<![CDATA[Miami-Ohio vs. Bowling Green - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/miami-ohio-vs-bowling-green-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some MAC-tion on the hardwood, as the Bowling Green Falcons take on the Miami-Ohio Redhawks in a conference college basketball tilt on Tuesday night.

The Bowling Green Falcons will look to rebound from an 80-78 loss to Akron in their last outing. Justin Turner led the team with 30 points on 8 of 15 shooting, hitting all 4 of his attempts from downtown in addition to a 10 for 12 mark from the foul line and 3 steals. Demajeo Wiggins came 2nd with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double while Dylan Frye added 14 points to round out the trio of double…

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We have some MAC-tion on the hardwood, as the Bowling Green Falcons take on the Miami-Ohio Redhawks in a conference college basketball tilt on Tuesday night.

The Bowling Green Falcons will look to rebound from an 80-78 loss to Akron in their last outing. Justin Turner led the team with 30 points on 8 of 15 shooting, hitting all 4 of his attempts from downtown in addition to a 10 for 12 mark from the foul line and 3 steals. Demajeo Wiggins came 2nd with 18 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double while Dylan Frye added 14 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Falcons in the loss. Turner leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.9 points per game while Wiggins leads the team on the glass with 9.1 rebounds per game and Rodrick Caldwell leads the way in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Bowling Green is scoring 80.1 points per game on 42.5% shooting from the field, 37.4% from behind the arc and 72% from the foul line this season.

The Miami-Ohio Redhawks will try to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including an 82-66 defeat at the hands of Buffalo in their lat outing. Niko Sibande led the team with 16 points on 6 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes, while Darrian Ringo added 14 points with a team-high 7 assists and Jalen Adaway added 10 points with 6 rebounds to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Redhawks in the loss. Dalonte Brown also chipped in 4 points with a team-leading 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Sibande leads the team in scoring with 14 points per game, while Brown is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.2 boards per game and Ringo leads the team in assists with 7.9 helpers per game this season. As a team, Miami-Ohio is scoring 72.6 points per game on 45% shooting from the field, 34.6% from behind the arc and 65.8% from the foul line this season.

Bowling Green is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 7-1-1 in their last 9 conference matchups. Miami-Ohio is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 conference matchups. The under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams. 

There’s not much to go off of here as I think both sides are evenly matched and the line reflects that. However, the road team has won back-to-back meetings, including the Redhawks winning the meeting earlier this season. I think Bowling Green has been playing well enough on the road to warrant taking the free bucket here, so I’ll do just that as I think Bowling Green gets revenge here.

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<![CDATA[IUPUI vs. Detroit - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/iupui-vs-detroit-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Horizon college basketball action features the Indiana-Purdue Jaguars facing the Detroit Titans on Tuesday.

The Detroit Titans have struggled for the majority of the season but the team is trying to do a 180 with back to back victories following a 93-91 win versus the Youngstown State Penguins on Friday as a 4.5 point home favorite. Detroit was outshot 50.7%-47% but managed a 19-8 edge at the charity stripe.

Corey Allen paced the explosive Titans attack with a game high 34 points on 8-16 from the floor with five long balls and 13-16 at the line followed by Jermaine Jackson Jr.…

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Horizon college basketball action features the Indiana-Purdue Jaguars facing the Detroit Titans on Tuesday.

The Detroit Titans have struggled for the majority of the season but the team is trying to do a 180 with back to back victories following a 93-91 win versus the Youngstown State Penguins on Friday as a 4.5 point home favorite. Detroit was outshot 50.7%-47% but managed a 19-8 edge at the charity stripe.

Corey Allen paced the explosive Titans attack with a game high 34 points on 8-16 from the floor with five long balls and 13-16 at the line followed by Jermaine Jackson Jr. with 32 points on 12-17 shooting including 6-9 on long balls while Roschon Prince added ten points and nine rebounds on 5-10.

The Indiana-Purdue Jaguars haven’t done anything special the majority of 2017-18 but the team is trying to turn things around with wins in three of four after a 67-61 victory versus the Green Bay Phoenix. Both teams connected at around 36%-37% with Indiana-Purdue hitting a few more threes and free throws.   

The Jaguars received 16 points, five pulls and three steals from Ron Patterson on 6-12 from the floor and 3-8 from beyond the arc. Aaron Brennan gave Indiana-Purdue 15 points, eleven rebounds and three assists on 5-12 shooting followed by DJ McCall with eight points while Evan Hall added six points and ten rebounds. 

Over is 11-3 in Detroit last 14 road games and over is 7-3 in Detroit last 10 vs. Horizon League. Indiana-Purdue are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and Indiana-Purdue are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Horizon League. 

No line has been released with the Titans having injuries so please check back later…

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<![CDATA[Northern Iowa vs. Drake - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/northern-iowa-vs-drake-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Drake Bulldogs bang heads with the Northern Iowa Panthers in Tuesday college basketball action. 

The Drake Bulldogs continue to be a surprise squad in the Missouri Valley after an 81-65 victory versus the Evansville Purple Aces has the team sitting  with a 5-1 conference record. Drake jumped to a 17 point lead heading to the locker room and never looked back behind a huge 53.8%-42.3% shooting advantage. 

The balanced Bulldogs offense received 23 points and nine rebounds from Nick McGlynn on 9-10 from the floor with Graham Woodward tossing in 13 points on 4-7 shooting. De’Antae…

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The Drake Bulldogs bang heads with the Northern Iowa Panthers in Tuesday college basketball action. 

The Drake Bulldogs continue to be a surprise squad in the Missouri Valley after an 81-65 victory versus the Evansville Purple Aces has the team sitting  with a 5-1 conference record. Drake jumped to a 17 point lead heading to the locker room and never looked back behind a huge 53.8%-42.3% shooting advantage. 

The balanced Bulldogs offense received 23 points and nine rebounds from Nick McGlynn on 9-10 from the floor with Graham Woodward tossing in 13 points on 4-7 shooting. De’Antae McMurray and CJ Rivers gave Drake eleven points each with Rivers hauling in eleven rebounds on 7-11 from the field.

The Northern Iowa Panthers are looking to rattle off a few wins after an 81-76 victory over the Valparaiso Crusaders snapped a seven game slide. Northern Iowa had a small 47.8%-45.5% advantage in marksmanship with a huge 31-9 edge at the stripe to negate 20 more Crusaders shots.

The big offense of the Panthers received a contest high 23 points and nine rebounds from Tywhon Pickford on 6-6 accuracy with four bombs and 7-8 from the floor followed by a 20 point, eight board effort  from Austin Phyfe. Klint Carlson gave Northern Iowa eleven points on 3-10 from the field while Wyatt Lohaus  chipped in with eight points.

Drake hasn’t done well in this matchup but I believe the Bulldogs are better then we’ve seen so I’ll back the points…

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<![CDATA[Ohio vs. Toledo - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/ohio-vs-toledo-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Toledo Rockets hope to secure a road win versus the Ohio Bobcats in MAC college basketball.

The Toledo Rockets  have been hot with wins in six of seven including three straight in the conference following a 93-82 decision at the Central Michigan Chippewas on Saturday as a two point underdog. Both teams sank shots at 47% but Toledo connected on 14-32 from beyond the arc which was decisive.

Tre’Shaun Fletcher led the explosive Rockets attack with 22 points with six boards and four assists on 8-13 from the floor followed by a 21 effort from Jaelan Sanford on 5-14 and 8-9 from…

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The Toledo Rockets hope to secure a road win versus the Ohio Bobcats in MAC college basketball.

The Toledo Rockets  have been hot with wins in six of seven including three straight in the conference following a 93-82 decision at the Central Michigan Chippewas on Saturday as a two point underdog. Both teams sank shots at 47% but Toledo connected on 14-32 from beyond the arc which was decisive.

Tre’Shaun Fletcher led the explosive Rockets attack with 22 points with six boards and four assists on 8-13 from the floor followed by a 21 effort from Jaelan Sanford on 5-14 and 8-9 from the stripe. Nate Navigato gave Toledo 18 points on 5-8 from beyond the arc while Willie Jackson added eleven points and seven rebounds on 3-5 from the field.

The Ohio Bobcats need a spark following a 1-3 beginning to the conference schedule. Ohio comes in off of a 70-69 defeat at the Kent State Golden Flashes a one point underdog on Friday. The Bobcats held a small 47.2%-44.6% shooting edge with the Golden Flashes connecting on a few more free throws.

Teyvion Kirk was the top offensive option for Ohio with 17 points and seven rebounds on 6-12 from the floor with Mike Laster scoring eleven points on 4-14 shooting. Gavin Block and Jordan Dartis gave the Bobcats ten points apiece while Zach Butler and Kevin Mickle combined for 17 points.

Under is 8-2 in Toledo last 10 vs. Mid-American and Toledo are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. Mid-American and Toledo are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games. Over is 7-3 in Ohio last 10 Tuesday games. Toledo are 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Ohio and Toledo are 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings.

This game comes down to which team is playing better and for me that is the Rockets…

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<![CDATA[Kent State vs. Western Michigan - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/kent-state-vs-western-michigan-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments MAC college basketball heats up with the Western Michigan Broncos visiting the Kent State Golden Flashes.

The Western Michigan Broncos are looking to challenging in the conference and have begun conference play well enough at 3-1 following a 73-58 victory versus the Ball State Cardinals. The only real difference came at the stripe where Western Michigan turned 21 personals in to an 18-6 advantage.

The balanced Broncos attack saw Thomas Wilder score 14 points with five pulls and eight assists on 3-11 and 8-9 at the stripe with Bryce Moore tossing in 12 points on 4-6 accuracy.…

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MAC college basketball heats up with the Western Michigan Broncos visiting the Kent State Golden Flashes.

The Western Michigan Broncos are looking to challenging in the conference and have begun conference play well enough at 3-1 following a 73-58 victory versus the Ball State Cardinals. The only real difference came at the stripe where Western Michigan turned 21 personals in to an 18-6 advantage.

The balanced Broncos attack saw Thomas Wilder score 14 points with five pulls and eight assists on 3-11 and 8-9 at the stripe with Bryce Moore tossing in 12 points on 4-6 accuracy. Josh Davis gave Western Michigan eleven points and nine rebounds on 4-7 from the field while Reggie Jones netted nine points on 3-9. 

The Kent State Golden Flashes have not been mentioned as one of the top squads in the conference so they have to prove the experts wrong. Kent State looks to build on a 70-69 win versus the visiting Ohio Bobcats as a one point favorite on Saturday. Kent State went 12-23 at the line and that was still enough to squeeze out the win. 

Kevin Zabo saved the Golden Flashes as he exploded for a contest high 24 points and six rebounds on 8-15 from the floor including 4-7 from long range. Kent State received 15 points and five pulls from Jaylin Walker on 6-13 shooting while Desmond Ridenour and Adonis De La Rosa tossed in eight points apiece.

Under is 9-1 in Western Michigan last 10 vs. Mid-American and Western Michigan are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games and under is 14-3 in Western Michigan last 17 road games. Under is 10-3 in Kent State last 13 vs. Mid-American and Kent State are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and over is 17-8 in Kent State last 25 Tuesday games.

Kent State is always dangerous but the makeup and play of Western Michigan gives the Broncos the edge even on the road…

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<![CDATA[UCF vs. Cincinnati - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/ucf-vs-cincinnati-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The 12th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats will travel to CFE Arena to take on the UCF Knights this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The 12th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats won their 8th straight game and improved to 15-2 (4-0 AAC) on the season after defeating the South Florida Bulls, 78-55, this past Saturday. Cincinnati struggled in the 1st half in this one but dominated on both sides of the ball in the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 62-48 lead with 7:08 left in regulation. Cincinnati shot 51.2% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the…

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The 12th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats will travel to CFE Arena to take on the UCF Knights this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The 12th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats won their 8th straight game and improved to 15-2 (4-0 AAC) on the season after defeating the South Florida Bulls, 78-55, this past Saturday. Cincinnati struggled in the 1st half in this one but dominated on both sides of the ball in the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 62-48 lead with 7:08 left in regulation. Cincinnati shot 51.2% from the field and 43.8% (7-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bearcats was Jarron Cumberland who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Cincinnati is averaging 78.9 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Bearcats are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Cincinnati has been led by Jacob Evans (13.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg), Gary Clark (12.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.3 bpg), Jarron Cumberland (10.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Kyle Washington (10.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Defensively, Cincinnati is holding their opponents to an average of 58.4 ppg on 36.9% shooting from the field. The Bearcats have a rebound margin of 9.4 and a turnover margin of 3.7.

The UCF Knights has their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-5 (3-2 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the UConn Huskies, 62-53, this past Wednesday night. UCF struggled offensively in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 46-36 margin with 9:21 left in regulation. UCF shot just 36.5% from the field and 23.8% (5-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Knights was Ceasar DeJesus who had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, UCF is averaging 64.6 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Knights are averaging 4.8 three-pointers per game on 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UCF has been led by Tacko Fall (11.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.0 bpg), A.J. Davis (10.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Ceasar DeJesus (9.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), and Terrell Allen (7.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, UCF is holding their opponents to an average of 59.1 ppg on 37.7% shooting from the field. The Knights have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of -1.7.

The Bearcats are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. AAC opponents however, are just 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Knights are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Cincinnati has had a great start to their season and has been one of the best defensive teams in the country as the Bearcats rank 2nd in scoring defense, 3rd in defensive FG%, and 6thin rebound margin. UCF has been great home this season, posting an 8-1 record, and has also been led by their defense that ranks 3rd in scoring defense and 8th in defensive FG%. Both Cincinnati and UCF are top of the top defensive teams in the country and as I think UCF will be to slow down the Cincinnati offense and keep this one a low scoring battle, I’m going with UCF and the points in this one.   

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<![CDATA[South Carolina vs. Kentucky - 1/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2018/01/16/south-carolina-vs-kentucky-1/16/18-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments We have some SEC college basketball action Tuesday night, as the #21 Kentucky Wildcats take on the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Kentucky Wildcats will look to keep the ball rolling after back-to-back wins, including a 74-67 victory over Vanderbilt to give Kentucky their 5th win in their last 6 games. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting with a team-high 6 assists, while Kevin Knox came 2nd with 17 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a perfect 7 of 7 mark from the foul line. PJ Washington and Hamidou Diallo tied with 10 points to round…

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We have some SEC college basketball action Tuesday night, as the #21 Kentucky Wildcats take on the South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Kentucky Wildcats will look to keep the ball rolling after back-to-back wins, including a 74-67 victory over Vanderbilt to give Kentucky their 5th win in their last 6 games. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team with 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting with a team-high 6 assists, while Kevin Knox came 2nd with 17 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a perfect 7 of 7 mark from the foul line. PJ Washington and Hamidou Diallo tied with 10 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for the Wildcats, with Washington adding 8 rebounds and Diallo chipping in a pair of blocks. Wenyen Gabriel added 7 points with a team-high 9 rebounds and a pair of blocks as well in the winning effort. Knox leads the team in scoring with an average of 14.2 points per game, while Gabriel leads the team in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game and Gilgeous-Alexander is the team’s leading assist man with 4.4 helpers per game this season. As a team, Kentucky is scoring 78.3 points per game on 48.8% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 68.2% from the foul line this season.

The South Carolina Gamecocks will look for some measure of consistent play after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including a 64-57 win over Georgia in their last outing. Frank Booker led the team with 17 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and 7 rebounds, while Chris Silva came right behind with 14 points and team-highs of 9 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of blocks. Hassani Gravett added 11 points with a pair of threes and a 5 of 6 mark from the foul line to finish off the double-digit scoring for the Gamecocks in the winning effort. Silva leads the team by averaging 14.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season, while Wesley Myers is the team’s leading assist man with 1.6 assists per game this season. As a team, South Carolina is scoring 70.9 points per game on 41% shooting from the field, 32.7% from behind the arc and 67.7% from the foul line this season.

Kentucky is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a game where they covered the spread while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 road games. South Carolina is 4-12 ATS in their last 16 conference matchups and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 61-28-2 in their last 91 games following a win. Kentucky is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in South Carolina.

In all honesty, I’m not ready to say that South Carolina has turned the corner after their win against Georgia. South Carolina was still struggling mightily before that win and I need to see more before I can install any confidence in the Gamecocks. Meanwhile, Kentucky is still looking like Kentucky, although not as dominant as years past, this is still a very good team, and I’m a bit surprised to see the line so low, given the Wildcats’ success ATS in this matchup and on the road no less. But hey, I’m not complaining, give me the better team and the low line here.

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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:15:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=110416