Elon (5-4) at #21 Colorado (9-0)
A Feather In Their Cap
After an Askia Booker shot at the buzzer, the Buffaloes extended their winning streak to 9 games with a 75-72 victory over rookie Andrew Wiggins and the Kansas Jayhawks. The victory has propelled the Buffaloes into the top 25 and looks mighty appealing on their resume for the NCAA Tournament.
The Buffaloes can’t become too over-confident as an Elon Phoenix team, which has won 3 consecutive games, comes into the Coors Events Center. These victories are teams that aren’t even close to Kansas talent-wise, but Elon has to be feeling good about themselves. They’ll be tested tonight as they’re a 14.5 underdog in the NCAA basketball odds.
First 10 Game Winning Streak in Over 50 Years?
You would’ve expected Colorado to put on a run somewhere along the way, but this could be the Buffaloes longest winning streak in half a century. This is a team that play’s solid defense. They’ve only allowed 72 points on two separate occasions (Baylor and Kansas ) this season and have held every other opponent to 70 points or less.
Askia Booker was the hero and leading scorer against Kansas and will need to play well, but Spencer Dinwiddie is the go to guy on this team.
In his last 2 games, Dinwiddie is averaging 21.5 points per game and he’s been doing it with frequent trips to the free throw line. Look for Dinwiddie to keep the pressure on an overmatched Elon squad.
Center, Josh Scott, will also be a key player in this game as he’s can control the paint and score when needed. Elon is a very weak rebounding team and will be hard pressed to find 2nd opportunities with #40 in the middle.
Elon will be looking for huge offensive performances from leading scorer Lucas Troutman (17.1 points per game) and Tanner Samson. While Troutman went for 20 in the win over VMI, Samson played over his head and led his team in points, rebounds, and assists. He shot 5 of 8 from the field and Troutman will need Samson to be his “wingman” if Elon expects to have a chance against Colorado.
The point spread may be a bit high but after a win over Kansas, I’m choosing Colorado as our NCAA basketball pick in tonight’s matchup.
Pick: Colorado -14.5
Arkansas Little Rock (3-5) #16 Memphis (6-1)
After a rough early season schedule, the Memphis Tigers appear to get a 1 game break at home as they face an inferior Arkansas Little Rock team. Memphis had recently avenged their only loss of the season in a 73-68 victory over Oklahoma State and have currently won 25 consecutive games over unranked teams.
The Tigers are ranked 14th in the nation in points and 16th in assists. Memphis has displayed a solid balance of great offense and good defense. They rank highly in all offensive statistical categories and ALR will need to bring their “A-Game” if they want to make this game competitive. Memphis is a 22.5 point betting favorite. This game isn’t a matter of who wins, it’s a matter if can Memphis cover the large spread?
Memphis is coming off of an easy 96-76 victory over Northwestern in which they got out to a 27 point first half lead. Their bench player got plenty of playing time, but that didn’t stop Shaq Goodwin from putting on a show as the sophomore led the Tigers in points (21), rebounds (6), and blocks (3). Goodwin played only 23 minutes due to the blowout, but this is his 2nd consecutive strong game as he managed to deal with a tough Oklahoma State team quite well. We could see another big-time performance and early exit from Goodwin in this game.
Concerns In Betting Memphis
This game is quite similar to Memphis’ last game. The only fear in the Tigers not being able to cover the point spread set by sportsbooks is if they get out to another early lead and sit their starters.
The only major obstacle that Memphis will encounter is the offensive of Arkansas Little Rock star Will Neighbour. Neighbour leads the Trojans at 18.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Neighbour also shoots well from the outside as he’s currently shooting 58% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc. He could be a factor in this game if ALR gains some confidence.
Memphis avenged their only loss of the season to Oklahoma State and they should come into this game with major confidence as they face a one man team in Neighbour. Lay the points and look for a Memphis blowout.
Pick- Memphis -22.5 at Bet 365[gameodds]14/252011/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]