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11/17/2013 12:20:00 PM
We’ve been leaning on the favorites in some early lopsided NCAA Basketball matchups. See who we like today as we pick apart some games on this NFL Sunday.
Robert Morris (2-1) at
Due For a Beating?
Kentucky might be a team of mostly freshman, but senior Jon
Hood hasn’t forgotten about the stunning 69-67 defeat that an underachieving
2012-2013 Wildcats team suffered at the hands of the Colonials in the NIT. Look
for Kentucky to use that game as motivation in a game that they’re a 21 point
betting favorite in; we could see a blowout out today at Rupp Arena.
The Wildcats are also coming off of another loss, but it’s
this season as they were taken down by the #2 Michigan State Spartans, 78-74.
Coach Calipari said that the players were taking this loss very hard and this
is expected as most of the team is inexperienced on the collegiate level and
it’s a good learning experience as they move on.
Look for another dominant performance out of forward Julius
Randle as he might be the next Anthony Davis. Randle has dominated action thus
far, averaging 24 points and 14 rebounds per game while shooting 63.6% from the
field. Randle passed the test against a tough Michigan State team as he led the
Wildcats with 27 points and 13 rebounds. One weakness in his game is the
turnovers, but he’s been flat-out dominant.
Robert Morris is led by the experienced duo of leading
scorers Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones. Jones is coming of a solid 18 point, 8
rebound performance in a loss to Eastern Michigan. The Colonials are a team
that can score, but can they deal with one of the most talented teams in the
nation is the question?
Free Pick- Kentucky -21 for your NCAAB picks.
Oakland (0-3) at #15
The Impossible Task
The Golden Grizzlies come into McCarthey Athletic Center
with the seemingly impossible task of knocking off one of the top teams in the
nation in the Gonzaga Bulldogs. To make things worse, they will be without key
contributors Duke Mondy and Dante Williams due to the suspension of both
players on suspicion of sexual assault. The one thing that Oakland can say is
that they played some top 25 teams in North Carolina and UCLA, but the bottom
line is they lost both games by 30 points or more and that’s when they were at
The Bulldogs have won 29 consecutive home games against
unranked opponents and thus far have been an offensive machine, averaging 96.5
points per game while shooting 55.6% from the field. Granted, the opposition
wasn’t the toughest, but Oakland shouldn’t be a more difficult opponent than
the first two teams that Gonzaga has faced. Gonzaga’s top 3 leading scorers in
Gary Bell Jr., Gerard Coleman, and Sam Dower are all shooting an eye-popping
66.7% from the field or higher. Bell Jr.
shot the lights out against Colorado State, going 8 of 13 from 3-point land
alone. With senior center Sam Dower (14 ppg., 13 rpg.) defending the glass,
Gonzaga should be able to blowout a short-handed Golden Grizzlies squad.
Free Pick- Gonzaga -23 at