Let's capitalize on today's match-ups, as college basketball will get really competitive. It's time for our NCAAB Picks of the Day in some of the more desirable matchups of the night.
Gonzaga (13-1) at Pepperdine (8-5)
head out west to Malibu, California to a place that the 10th ranked Gonzaga
Bulldogs love to visit, Firestone Fieldhouse. There's no question that Gonzaga
has owned the Pepperdine Waves. Gonzaga has won their last 22 consecutive
matchups with Pepperdine by an average of 19.5 points. Now, that's pure
is coming off of a strong road victory against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who
were ranked 22nd in the nation previous to this matchup. Gary Bell Jr. hit a 3
pointer with 35.7 seconds left that gave Gonzaga the lead while 7 foot forward
Kelly Olynyk scored all 21 of his points in the 2nd half to give Gonzaga a
only that, the Bulldogs have beaten the Waves 10 consecutive times at Firestone
Fieldhouse. This game is a simple inter- conference warmup.
ranks 14th in points in the nation and 2nd in field goal percentage. Pepperdine
will be in for a long night.
Waves are coming off of a 60-59 victory over Fresno Pacific. Freshman forward,
Stacy Davis, is coming off of a strong 18 point, 9 rebound performance against
Fresno Pacific. Along with leading scorer Lorne Jackson, these two players will
need to put up career games against the Bulldogs at home to have any chance in
is a huge 16 point betting odds favorite on the road. Look for the Bulldogs to make
a splash in Malibu as they blast Pepperdine out of the building.
- Gonzaga -16
Michigan (13-0) at Northwestern (9-4)
genetic pool of current Michigan talent such as Glenn Robinson III and Tim
Hardaway Jr has managed to carry on. Both have famous fathers that played in the
NBA and were quite successful. Now, the offspring are making a
name themselves as they're part of a Michigan team that appears to be a
future 1 or 2 in the March Madness bracket.
6 foot 6, Hardaway Jr. is a lot taller than his 6 foot father and has improved
his game every season at Michigan. He averages 15.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per
game. Currently, he has an ankle injury and his status for the Big Ten opener
remains uncertain. I expect him to play. He sat out the last game and the
injury was said to not be serious.
only a sophomore!!
talking about leading scorer, point guard, Trey Burke. He might not have a
famous father, but someone must have taught him well on the fundamentals of
is a superstar in the making and the leader of this team. He can put up a big
game offensively and get others involved consistently. On the season, Burke
leads the Wolverines at 17.8 points, 7.4 assists, and 3.1 rebounds a game on a
sizzling 53.6% from the field. Burke is coming off of a 22 point and 11 assist
effort against Central Michigan. He was nearly perfect as he shot 9 of 12 from
the field. Look for a big game out of Trey Burke tonight.
is a team that can play solid defense, holding 4 opponents to 50 points or less
this season, but they're a bit inconsistent. The Wildcats will be without their
leading scorer, senior guard Reggie Hearn, who has a twisted ankle.
Northwestern will have to account for 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and a lot of
energy on the court from the senior. This will be tough to overcome.
put Michigan in the same class as Duke. Until otherwise proven, both of these
teams are unstoppable. Take the Wolverines to cover the double digit spread for your pick, as
they attempt to make an impression in the Big Ten opener.
Free Pick - Michigan -11
NCAAB Free Picks: Gonzaga and Michigan both to cover thier large spreads available at 5Dimes