Monday Night's Top NCAA Basketball Picks

Joe Catalano

Monday, November 24, 2014 9:10 PM GMT

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 9:10 PM GMT

There's a ton of NCAA Basketball action tonight; a night that features some Monday Night Football. As we focus on the basketball, the opportunity is there to make a good profit while being selective. Stick around for my NCAA Basketball Picks as we attempt to put you in the green.


#12 Villanova Wildcats (3-0) at # 15 VCU Rams (3-0)
This is the only matchup on a large slate of two top 25 ranked teams facing eachother as the Big East best Villanova Wildcats could carry a bit of a home court advantage against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams. This game will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and expect many Wildcats fans to make the trek from Philly to Brooklyn. The Cats are installed in NCAA Basketball odds at a slight 1.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 152.

Nova, who is known for their defense, had a more difficult test in their last game than expected against the Bucknell Bison as they were able to prevail, 72-65.

Guard Chris Hass kept the Bison in the game as he lit the Cats up for 32 points. You can bet that Villanova head coach Jay Wright will have his team more prepared for this game. The top ranked teams usually face a bunch of cupcakes at the beginning of the season and Villanova simply took the Bison too lightly. Nevertheless, they walked away with a a victory and now the real test begins in the form of VCU.

Dylan Ennis
Even though Villanova has shot just 38.9 % from the field in their first 3 games, junior guard, Dylan Ennis, has been a shining star in this offense.

He leads the team with 15 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in just 27.3 minutes. More importantly, Ennis has been knocking down his shots, averaging nearly 50 % from the field and 43.8% from 3 -point range. Jay Wright has to be happy with the play of Ennis, who wasn't expected to provide such a great amount of production on the offensive end, but he'll take it.

Another key player for the Wildcats is big man, Daniel Ochefu. Ochefu has been pushing around his weight in the first few games and has been quite effective, averaging a near double double. Villanova prides itself on their defense and Ochefu is a typical Wildcats player. He'll need to be his best as the Wildcats face a Virginia Commonwealth team that ranks 6th in the nation in points at 92.7 points per game.

What you have here is your typical "offense vs.defense" matchup.

Bronx, New York native and leading scorer of the Rams, Melvin Johnson, is sure to have a lot followers in the stands. Thus far, Johnson has been a beast, averaging 18.3 points per game while shooting 52.6 % from the field. Johnson is also a 3-point threat. Look for a tight game and I expect Johnson to play well.

Free NCAAB pick: Villanova -1.5 at 5 Dimes (defense wins out in the end)

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Pepperdine Waves (3-0) at Iowa Hawkeyes (2-2)
Pepperdine faces a definite increase in talent after their first 3 cupcakes in the form of the Iowa Hawkeyes. Even though Iowa is the team with 2 losses on their resume, they're installed as a 15 point betting favorite according to 5 Dimes Sportsbook with no total listed. You know that Pepperdine will bring effort and losing is contagious. Is Iowa up to the task of covering such a sizeable betting spread?

You take a look at Iowa's schedule and you get a different perspective. The Hawkeyes lost their last two games to top 25 team in Syracuse and Texas and were quite competitive against the Orange. Iowa also blew out their first two opponents by 30 points or more. Iowa, who are undefeated at home, definitely has the edge. It's just a matter of pinpointing how much they'll defeat the Waves by.

Aaron White
White gives the Hawkeyes a major advantage down in the paint as this is a player that has the experience as a senior of being a consistent producer throughout his collegiate career.

Although not massive in stature, White has the ability to be aggressive on the offensive end and draw fouls. We could see him appear at the foul line near 10 times tonight. On the season, White is averaging 16.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. Another benefit to his game is that he's money from the charity stripe.

Junior, Jarrod Uthoff, has to be feeling some confidence after a 20 point. 6 rebound effort against Syracuse. Uthoff is another offensive option for Iowa. He knocked down 3 3's against the Orange.

Ride the Waves?
This is what junior Jett Raines has been trying to do ever since joining this Malibu-based college from Texas. Raines has stepped up his game in a major way this season. He's coming off of a 21 point effort in a victory over San Jose State.

The betting odds say it all here; don't be fooled. Make Iowa your NCAA basketball betting pick.

Free NCAAB pick: Iowa -15 at 5Dimes

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