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12/9/2013 11:05:00 AM
After a “Fast and Furious” 2-0 with both dogs winning
outright on Sunday, we run into a bit of a roadblock with just 2 NCAA
Basketball games available on the board. Watch as we tackle these two
obstacles, in pursuit of another perfect day with our picks.
These are clear cut matchups. The handicapping process
reverts back to not who wins, but by how many? Who do we think will cover the spread and make our top NCAA basketball picks?
(3-8) at Iowa (9-1)
Are 31 Points Enough?
As expected, the Hawkeyes are a huge 30.5 point betting
favorite over the Knights. Iowa is coming off of a tale of two halves with
Drake. Drake took the lead into halftime, shooting over 60% from the field
while hitting eight 3-pointers. The 2nd half was a different story
as Iowa went on a 10-0 run after the break and held Drake to just 9 field goals
en route to a 83-66 victory.
Iowa had allowed just 57.1 points per game in its first 7
victories, but the defense has had lapses since then. Tonight, they can’t let
their guard down as the opponent is expected to be weak.
The numbers all look good by the Hawkeyes who are led by the
combination of Roy Devyn Marble (16.5 ppg., 3.7 rpg., 3.7 apg., 2.4 spg.) and
Aaron White. Iowa is ranked 6th in the nation in rebounds, 8th
in points, and 9th in assists. The Hawkeyes also have one of the
best plus-minus ratios in production in comparison to their opponents. They’re
an impressive +24.6 points per game this season. It appears that the Knights
are in over their heads.
The Hawkeyes will be zeroing in on Farleigh Dickinson’s one
man show in senior guard, Sidney Sanders Jr.
Sanders Jr. leads the Knights in scoring (18.9 ppg.),
assists (5.2) and steals (1.8). He’s also had 4 consecutive games of 20 points
Look for Iowa to dominate the boards and dominate this
Pick- Iowa -30.5 at
Bryant (6-3) at Notre
Taking Advantage of
The Bryant University Bulldogs have had a respectable
season. That said, sportsbooks could be leaning in Bryant’s favor a bit too
much off of a good record against some smaller schools. The only time that
Bryant faced a legitimate opponent was in their season opener as they were
defeated by Gonzaga, 100-76. After Notre Dame, Bryant also has a matchup
against Ohio State. When all is said and done, their appealing record could be
headed towards the .500 mark.
Prime Time Player
Notre Dame can’t overlook the combination of Dyami Starks and
Alex Francis. Starks is a player that’s averaging 23.4 points per game and a
good barometer for his talent is the 35 point performance that he put up
against Gonzaga in the season opener. Look for this stud to lead the Bulldogs
against the Fighting Irish and attempt to make this a competitive matchup.
Alex Francis is no pushover either. He’s a player that’s a
tough rebounder and efficient scorer. Francis could be expected to play the
entire 40 minutes. The question could be “will Starks and Francis get tired
facing a boarderline top 25 team with more depth?”
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Notre Dame is a deeper offensive team led by senior Jerian
Grant. Except for a poor shooting game against Iowa, a game in which he still
picked up 10 assists, Grant has been knocking down almost every shot that he’s
been putting up. The senior is averaging 56.7% from the field and 44.3 % from
3-point range. Look for Grant to have a big game against the Bulldogs.
With the senior combination of Grant and guard Eric Atkins,
the Fighting Irish are ranked 2nd in the nation in assists. This is
a team with plenty of options and a great deal of experience. The one concern
here if you’re a Notre Dame backer is the Irish playing down to their
opponent’s level. They’re coming off of an unconvincing 80-75 victory over
Notre Dame has had to battle its last two opponents and I
think that can possibly carry over to this game. 13 points doesn’t seem like a
lot to lay, but this seems like a trap game. Take Bryant and the points.
Bryant +13 at Bet 365