Tuesday's college basketball slate has several intriguing matchups, including a battle between Seton Hall and Michigan. Find out who we like tonight with our top college basketball picks for November 16.
Today's column analyzes the total in a game between two teams that love to fire away from deep and highlights two other matchups involving four teams with a combined record of 9-0.
Here are my top college basketball picks for Tuesday’s schedule (odds via DraftKings; pick confidence based on a 1-to-5-star scale).
Top College Basketball Picks
Howard vs. Villanova Over 143 (-110) ????Memphis -11.5 (-110) ???Seton Hall vs. Michigan Under 138.5 (-110) ????
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Howard vs. Villanova Over 143 (-110)
Villanova must be guarded against a massive letdown in this spot. It is coming off one of the most anticipated games of the regular season in its loss at UCLA. Also, the Wildcats head to Mohegan Sun for this weekend's fascinating Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. There, they will be tasked with facing Tennessee and either Purdue or UNC on consecutive days.
Howard is off to a 3-0 start after averaging 93.7 points per game. However, one of those wins came against a Division I opponent, though the team still scored 76 points against Bradley. The Bison shot 52 percent from the floor in that game and were 13-for-24 (54.2 percent) from 3-point range. Howard sped up Bradley with relentless full-court pressure and forced the Braves into 18 turnovers and a 29 percent turnover rate. Howard will not be afraid to go up and down with Villanova. If you like 3-point shooting, this is the game for you.
The over is 4-1-1 in the Bison’s last six games, and they will not be shy about getting into a shootout with the Wildcats.
Memphis -11.5 (-110) vs. Saint Louis
This is an underrated early test for Memphis, as Saint Louis is one of the country's most sound and disciplined teams. However, the Billikens roster took a huge hit when they lost senior guard Javonte Perkins, a potential Atlantic-10 Player of the Year candidate. Now the scoring responsibility falls squarely on Gibson Jimerson and Memphis transfer Jordan Nesbitt, who have combined to average 32 PPG this season.
There is little doubt that Penny Hardaway's guys will be fired up to face Nesbitt, their former teammate. The Tigers have been elite defensively so far, ranking third in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency and sixth in effective field goal percentage defense (per KenPom).
This is a clash of styles. Memphis plays at one of the quickest paces in the country while Saint Louis wants to bring this game to a screeching halt. If the Tigers jump on the Billikens early, Saint Louis will be forced out of its comfort zone as it attempts to play catch up.
Memphis has been a cover machine dating back to last season, with a 16-5 ATS record in its last 21 games. The Tigers are too talented of a team not to cover this number tonight.
Seton Hall vs. Michigan Under 138.5 (-110)
Michigan and Seton Hall meet in a Gavitt Tipoff Games battle that pits Big East against Big Ten teams. While the Wolverines had to replace nearly 50 PPG in scoring from players they lost from last year's roster, Michigan's offense has not missed a beat in the early part of the season. It has averaged 82.5 PPG against two teams with tournament aspirations and ranks fifth in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency.
The Pirates will defend Michigan in ways that Buffalo and Prairie View A&M could not. Kevin Willard's squad has held opponents to a minuscule 11.1 percent mark from 3-point range and has the nation's best effective field goal percentage. Seton Hall is also holding opponents to a 34.6 percent mark from two-point range.
The Under is 7-0 in Seton Hall’s last seven games and has cashed in 15 of Michigan’s last 21. Look for another low-scoring battle tonight.
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Picks made on 11/16/2021 at 7:47 a.m. ET.