NCAA Basketball Picks of the Day- 12/5

Joe Catalano

Friday, December 5, 2014 8:15 PM GMT

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 8:15 PM GMT

With an unusually small slate of games on this Friday in NCAA Basketball, a couple of game stand out as primary betting picks to place. We will give you the low down on these games and why we think that you can make a profit in the Ivy League.

Yale Bulldogs (7-2) vs. Connecticut Huskies (3-2)
Friday is usually Ivy League Night and Yale is in a comfortable place and has had an unusually fast start to the season. Of course, Connecticut plays much more difficult opponents and has been declared a near double-digit betting favorite. Is this the blowout that people expect or will the Bulldogs make this game competitive as they carry a tremendous amount of confidence coming into this ball game?

The Bulldogs one major test this season has come against Providence and they hung in there fairly well in a 72-66 defeat. This was a Providence team that loss to Kentucky but held the #1 Wildcats to just 58 points. I'm using that game as a barometer for Yale's legitimacy concerning their record.

Yale isn't a team that's going to shoot the opposing team out of the building and they're a very weak rebounding team. This will certainly give them problems against the likes of UConn, who plays fantastic defense and is coming off of tough 55-54 loss to the 7th ranked Texas Longhorns.


A Blue Collar Team
Why wouldn't you expect the Bulldogs to be a blue collar team considering that the University is laced with hard workers academically? Justin Sears and Javier Duren are the clear cut leaders on this team as both players are very productive and the model of consistency. While Sears provides much needed rebounding (8.9 rpg.) Duren is the better overall player that could carry this team against a good UConn squad. 

He can score, grab some boards, dish the rock. and pick some pockets. Duren is averaging 14.9 points per game while shooting over 40% from 3-point range. Along with the offense comes the defense as Duren is one of the better players in the Ivy League. This senior is fundamentally sound and I expect him to play well against Kevin Ollie's squad.


Ryan Boatright
I've seen some talent in Boatright's game during Connecticut's championship run, but I didn't think that the senior was going to be this good.

He leads the Huskies at 20.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. These are very similar numbers that you saw from Shabazz Napier last season. One weakness to his game is his 3-point shooting, but Yale will have their problems with this 6-footer. This is a player that has played with the likes of Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier and that's something that Yale can't compare with.

Add Connecticut to your NCAA basketball picks, as they will win this game, but look for Yale to "believe the hype" and hang around while making the game competitive.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick- Yale +8.5 at 5Dimes


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Manhattan Jaspers (1-4) vs. Fairfield Stags (2-5)

Ugly Basketball in the MAAC
Both of these teams are off to very slow starts to the season, but the positive thing for one university is that someone has to win. Surprisingly, Manhattan, who is the road team and has been simply awful, is the 4.5 point betting favorite on our NCAA basketball odds. Is their something that the odds makers know that I don't?

Manhattan can't score (65.2), can't rebound the basketball (26.6 rpg.), and aren't a team with good chemistry (11 apg.). That said, Fairfield is equally as bad as they average 9 assists per game and shoot under 40% from the team. In a game like this, home court advantage does help and the 4.5 point spread is a bit high.

Manhattan has one ace in the hole and his name is Shane Richards. The Jaspers leading scorer nearly led them to victory in a 64-63 loss to George Mason as he shot 5 of 9 from 3-point range for 18 points. Richards not only gives the Jaspers a legitimate amount of offense each game, he's a great defender and that will also be an issue for the Stags.

The Jaspers also get support on the boards from Emmy Andujar (10.8 ppg. 6.6 rpg.) and Ashton Pankey (9.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg.). I expect Richards to put up a ton of shots and take matters into his own hands as the level of opposition is very low.

The Stags will rely on leading scorer, Marcus Gilbert. This is a player that's a knockdown shooter at 50 % from the field, 41.9% from 3-point range, and nearly 80% from the field. A lot of weight will be thrust upon the shoulders of Gilbert as freshman, Tyler Nelson, has hit a major dry spell after a quick start to the season. Gilbert is shooting an abysmal 3 of 17 from the field in his last 2 games, averaging a mere 5 points per game.

I'm going to side with the odds makers on this one. Even though both teams are awful, home court won't help Fairfield.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick-  Manhattan 5.5 at BetOnline 

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