NCAA Basketball Picks Of The Day For Friday November 18

Kansas Jayhawks

Friday, November 18, 2016 5:38 PM GMT

With another huge slate of NCAA basketball games Friday, there's plenty of opportunity to make a profit and carry that over to the weekend's games.Here are your profit-making NCAAB Picks of the Day in which there's a decisive edge.

St John's (2-0) At Minnesota (3-0)

Important Game For the Johnnies

Coach Chris Mullin has gotten his basketball team off to a fast start as his Red Storm face their first legitimate test of the season at Minnesota. Non-conference road games can carry major weight down the road, and this is actually a more important game for the Red Storm than it is for the Golden Gophers. We expect a highly competitive game with Minnesota the betting favorite.

 

Marcus LoVett

Minnesota's defense will have a major test in containing St. John's point guard Marcus LoVett. He has gotten off to a fast start in his collegiate career. The 6-foot freshman leads the Red Storm with 21 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game. This is a dead-eye shooter who is already 5 for 11 from beyond the arc, and the Red Storm have the luxury of keeping the basketball in LoVett's hands if this game is close down to the wire as he's an exceptional free-throw shooter. This is his first major test against high level competition, and I expect LoVett to pass with flying colors.

Mullin sure did his recruiting well as the Red Storm also have a freshman in Shamorie Ponds who is producing right from the start as well. This is another guy who can knock down the 3-ball and is coming off of a huge 21-point, 10-rebound effort in a win over Binghamton. St.John's is a team to be reckoned with, and if these super-freshmen stay with the program for more than one year, the upside for this program is huge. That said, the Johnnies have a legitimate shot at winning this game outright.

 

Great Depth For Golden Gophers

Depth keeps players fresh as the Gophers make frequent substitutions and anyone can have a big game on any given night. That said, look for Nate Mason to be a major part of the Minnesota offense. He led the team in points last season and does this season. He can score, dish the rock, grab key rebounds and play good defense. For the season, Mason is averaging 13.7 points, 5.7 assists and 5 rebounds per game.

Another player to keep an eye on is sophomore Jordan Murphy. He's Minnesota's resident "glass cleaner" and coming off of back-to-back double-double games. This game should go down to the wire, and the added 7 points are a bonus when backing St. John's.

NCAAB Free Pick: Red Storm +7

Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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Siena (1-1) At No. 7 Kansas (1-1)

Battle-Tested

To say that the Jayhawks are battle-tested is an understatement as this team has faced powerhouses Indiana and Duke in the first two games of the season. The Jayhawks came away with a huge 77-75 victory over the top team in the nation in the Blue Devils on Tuesday in the Champions Classic, and the level of competition takes a dramatic drop in this game as Kansas will be full of confidence and momentum.

 

Small Man, Big Numbers

Frank Mason III stands at just 5-foot-11, but his basketball talent stands tall as the senior has gotten quickly out of the gates this season. He's not your typical little man who will knock down the 3-ball. He's a guy who can snatch rebounds, be unselfish with the basketball and also take matters into his own hands when he needs to.

Mason III leads the Jayhawks with 25.5 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds per game and hit the winner against Duke. He must stay out of foul trouble as the Jayhawks need his senior leadership on the court as much as possible. Look for Mason III to have another monster game as Siena isn't in the same stratosphere with Kansas when it comes to talent.

Junior guard Devonte' Graham is another little man who gets tons of minutes on this Kansas squad. He's another player who is automatic from the charity stripe, but that shouldn't matter here as this game should be a blowout in Kansas' favor. Graham hasn't shot well thus far season, but he still can hit the timely bucket, and I look for him to break out of his funk against a team such as Siena. 

 

'Wright' Guy To Do Job

Although he hasn't faced high level competition, senior Marquis Wright has been dominant thus far for Siena and Kansas will be hard-pressed in containing this super scorer.

Wright puts up nearly 20 shots per game but is quite efficient as he's averaging a team-leading 26 points along with 4.5 assists, and 4 rebounds per game. Add in the presence of big man Brett Bisping (14 points, 10.5 rebounds), and Siena could present problems if Kansas was having a bad night. In the end, Kansas is flying high after beating Duke, and Siena hasn't faced this level of competition.

NCAAB Free Pick: Jayhawks -21

Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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