Football takes center stage Sunday, but we think we've found a pair of college basketball games worth betting, following the pigskin festivities. Here's our take on a couple of games for Sunday night.
New Mexico -5.5 vs. Boise State
The Lobos, winners of four of their last five games, host the Broncos, losers of four of their last five.
New Mexico has made the NCAA tournament three seasons in a row, winning the Mountain West Conference tournament three times in a row, but with two starters back for this season there was some doubt as to whether the Lobos could run that streak to four. But since a 3-3 start New Mexico has won nine of its last 11 games, and started 4-1 in conference play. Two weeks ago the Lobos lost at San Diego State, but they bounced back to win at Utah State, then, last time out, beat Air Force 60-48, covering as 10-point favorites.
Boise State, with three starters back from a team that went 21-13 last season, thought it had a shot at an NCAA at-large berth this season. And the Broncos started 10-2, the only losses coming against Wisconsin and North Carolina State. But Boise State lost G Anthony Drmic for the season to a bad ankle injury back in December, and after initially toughing out his loss the Broncos recently lost four in a row, including its first three Mountain West contests. Boise State avoided a fifth-straight defeat last time out, beating UNLV in overtime 82-73, covering as a six-point favorite.
New Mexico has beaten the Broncos six of the last seven times they've met, going 6-1 ATS in the process.
The Lobos look like they're headed in one direction, a good one, while Boise State apparently misses Drmic – and it should, considering he's led the team in scoring the last three seasons. We like the home team in this spot, at what looks like a manageable NCAA Basketball odds spread.
Free College Basketball Pick: New Mexico -5.5 at 5Dimes
Washington -4 vs. Oregon
The Huskies, who just snapped a four-game losing streak, host the Ducks, who have lost two of their last three.
Washington started 11-0 this season, with wins over San Diego State and Oklahoma. But the Huskies then lost four in a row, including their first three Pac-12 games to Cal, Stanford and Washington State. But U-Dub had a chance in each of those games; the loss to the Bears came by six points, the loss to the Cardinal came in overtime and the loss to the Cougars came by three points. The Huskies then snapped their losing streak with a 56-43 victory over Oregon State Thursday night, covering as seven-point favorites.
Oregon started 10-3 this season, the best win probably coming over Illinois, the losses coming against Michigan, VCU and Ole Miss. The Ducks then opened conference play with a victory over Oregon State, then lost to Arizona, then beat Arizona State, but last time out, Thursday night, lost in overtime at Washington State 108-99.
The Ducks allowed the Cougars to shoot a blistering 59 percent from the floor Thursday night.
Both teams are going through ups and downs at the moment, which sets Sunday's game up for a “reversal of fortune” pick. Washington won and covered last time out, while Oregon did not. Also, the Ducks have won four of the last five meetings with U-Dub. So we'll go with the visitors for our NCAA Basketball pick, plus the points.
Free College Basketball Pick: Oregon +4 at 5Dimes