College Basketball Predictions - Colorado vs. Portland Odds & Free Picks

Joe Catalano

Saturday, December 3, 2016 8:52 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 8:52 PM UTC


The Colorado Buffaloes, who have a victory over nationally ranked Texas, come into their matchup against the Portland Pilots with one player in mind. Alec Wintering has been a flat out beast in his senior season and for the Buffaloes to come up with the  "W" they must contain Wintering or they may be upset.

    Colorado Buffaloes (5-2) vs. Portland Pilots (4-2)


Portland's Best

The Buffaloes might possess the better overall squad, but when a team possesses a superstar as Portland does in Wintering, they can be a threat in most games that they compete in.

Guard Alec Winterling, is a mere 165 pounds, but put's a full effort in at both ends of the court. This is a player that's averaging 22.8 points, 6.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds, 2 steals and is shooting 46.7% from beyond the arc. While Wintering failed the big test against UCLA miserably, he proceeded to bounce back with two 30 plus point games against CS Northridge and Dayton. People will point out that the level of competition that Wintering has faced has been average at best, but this is a player that can flat out play and the Buffaloes need to make it a top priority to keep Wintering in check.

The Buffaloes need a strong effort as they're coming off of their 2nd loss of the season to a very strong Colorado State team, 72-58. Both teams shot quite poorly and Colorado actually had the edge in rebounds, assists, and blocks, but they were a dismal 3 of 19 from beyond the arc. If they're going to compete with Alec Wintering and the Pilots, they must put forth a much better effort in order to simply win this game nevermind cover the betting spread.


Complete Team Effort

Colorado has strength in controlling the glass as they possess Wesley Gordon (9.4 rpg), George King (7rpg.), and Xavier Johnson (13.7 points, 6.4 rebounds). Add in the overall leadership of senior Derrick White (14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists) and this is a team that should provide Portland with some problems. White is also a standout player on defense and this will make scoring tougher for the undersized Wintering.

Alec Wintering is the difference in this game and I don't think that he can be contained. Look for Portland to at least cover the 5 point spread at home for your NCAAB pick.

 Free NCAAB Pick: Portland Pilots +4Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle 

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