NCAA Basketball Picks of the Day for 11/16

Joe Catalano

Sunday, November 16, 2014 7:45 PM GMT

It's the beginning of the season in NCAA Basketball and good teams like to "get their feet wet" by facing very weak small schools in tournaments that bring money to the respective universities. Let's expose some of these matchups with our betting picks for Sunday.

South Dakota Coyotes (0-1) vs. Stanford Cardinal (1-0 )

Coaches vs. Cancer Classic
Stanford needed just 5 points off the bench to take care of the Wofford Terriers in their season opener. Center, Stefan Nastic, started his senior season off with a bang as he was near flawless from the field, shooting 11 of 14 while grabbing 5 rebounds, shoveling out 4 assists and scoring 26 points. Of course, Nastic can't keep up this pace, but Stanford has to be pleased to see Nastic put up numbers like this against any opponent. Today's game against South Dakota will be a good barometer to see how much that Nastic has improved in the off-season.

 

Chaisson Randle
Stanford is an experienced team led by guard Chaisson Randle. Randle appears to be getting the off-season rust off of him as he shot just 4 for 13 for 12 points against Wofford. Look for a bounce back performance from Randle as this is a player that has had a stellar career with Stanford. He's a great outside shooter that can produce. He averaged 18.8 points last season and we can expect that to increase this year. Look for Randle to be the difference tonight as the Cardinal are a considerable 19.5 point betting favorite.

South Dakota is coming off of a 60-52 loss to Utah Valley.In this game, they shot quite poorly at just 28.8 % (15 of 52) from the field. Obviously, they'll need a much better effort tonight if they don't want to get blown away by Stanford. This is a team that appears to be searching for answers from their bench, which is deep. Guard Brandon Bos is the leader of this team and will need to rebound from a poor shooting effort in the opener. He was just 2 of 12 from the field. Bos must improve tonight as South Dakota clearly doesn't have a go to guy and are facing a much higher level of opponent in Stanford.  

When making your NCAA basketball picks keep in mind that this game is a total mismatch. Look for Stanford to pad their record with another "w" as they face another unworthy opponent.

NCAA Basketball Pick- Stanford -19 at bet365

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Alcorn State Braves (0-1) vs. #11 Texas Longhorns (1-0)

2K Classic

Another Beating Expected
Alcorn State comes into this game after a 91-57 beating administered by the Cal Bears and now they have to face one of the best teams in the nation in the Longhorns.

As expected, Texas is a huge 28.5 point betting favorite in this matchup. Texas returns their top 6 scorers from last season along with the #2 recruit in the nation in Myles Turner. Turner got his first taste of college hoops in a Texas 85-50 win over North Dakota State. In this game, Turner played a modest 20 minutes and still managed to make his presence be felt as he scored 15 point and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Texas defense simply dominated, holding North Dakota State to under 30% from the field. I don't see how Alcorn State has any chance in this matchup.

We're going to see players that might not play against the better teams from Texas and that's something to take into account with the spread. Against North Dakota State, every player that suited up for Texas got to play and nobody played more than 30 minutes. Normally, as a bettor, that would be a red flag, but against Alcorn State, I don't think that it's anything to worry about. Sophomore Isaiah Taylor led the way for the Longohorns with 18 points and 7 rebounds at just 6 foot 1 and we can expect Taylor to be a factor in this "tune up".

 

Atrocious
In their season opener, Alcorn State's leading scorers, Marquis Vance and Leantwan Luckett shot a combined 10 for 30 from the field. I forgot to mention the 0 for 7 that Tamarico Wilson put up. That won't cut it against the Longhorns. Expect more of the same except from Luckett who is a prolific scorer and someone to keep an eye on in this game.

NCAA Basketball Pick- Texas -29 on the NCAA basketball odds at 5Dimes

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