NCAA Basketball Picks- Best O/U Plays For Saturday, December 31st

Mark Lathrop

Saturday, December 31, 2016 1:42 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 1:42 PM UTC

Tired of college football and bad beats? I have just what the doctor ordered for you in my top college basketball totals picks of the day.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. Pacific Tigers

The Bulldogs make a quick trip down to Stockton on Saturday night after beating Pepperdine by 30 points on Thursday, 92-62. That was the 3rd over in a row for Gonzaga, as they average 85.2 points per game on the season. The opening total for this game has been set at 139 against Pacific.

Pacific has held opponents to just 26.1% 3-point shooting on the year at home, and I think that statistic is set to regress towards their season average in all arenas, near 33.6%. Gonzaga shoots 40.4% from behind the arc on the season on the road, and 49% from the floor overall. They create matchup problems all over the court and can pretty much create their own shots at any time. Gonzaga scores 80+ in this game, leaving Pacific the duty of putting up 60 to get this over the listed total.


Free NCAAB Pick: Over 139.5 Best Line Offered: at BookMaker

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San Diego Toreros vs Saint Mary's Gaels  

We have a couple of trends that are going against each other in this game. First, San Diego comes into this match up with St. Mary’s on a 5-game streak favoring the Over. That trend is at NCAAB odds with the Under being 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

San Diego comes into this game hot on offense, averaging 81.4 points per game in their last five. They won’t need to come close to that to get this game over the listed total. The other factor I see favoring the Over with St. Mary’s is that their non-conference schedule was very weak. As a ranked team that lost out on the bubble of the tournament last year they are going to be looking at style points. They won’t be letting up if they get up big in the 2nd half, which should be enough to get this over the low total of 127.


Free NCAABPick Over 127Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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Villanova Wildcats vs Creighton Bluejays

This Big East showdown between top ranked Villanova and 10th ranked Creighton might be worth channel surfing from football to check out. With a total of 154 listed we will see how Creighton’s 86.6 points per game at home plays against Villanova’s 68.1 points allowed on the road. That’s basically the line at this point.

This will be the second time that Creighton is an underdog this year, and the only other time the game went over the listed total against Wisconsin. That appears to be the trick, as the last two times that Villanova visited the Blue Jays were home underdogs and the total went Over as well. One of these teams will cross the 80-point mark in what should be a competitive game.


Free NCAAB Pick: Pick Over 154.5 Best Line Offered: at BetDSI

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