It's time to give the betting public what they need and that's put them in the green with our NCAA Basketball picks and set them up for the week that lies ahead.
Yale (8-2) vs. Florida (3-4)
I took Yale against Connecticut recently as a 9.5 point betting underdog and Yale won outright. Now, it's time to pick on Connecticut. While the Ivy League can't be compared to the SEC, Yale has proven that they can beat some of the better teams in the country and while Florida is just 3-4 on the season, odds makers still give them the nod as a 9.5 point betting favorite. Right off the bat, Yale looks appealing to me in what's expected to be a very low scoring game with the total at just 118.5.
Duren and Sears
Yale is coming off the 45-44 upset of UConn and quite frankly, Yale was the better team for most of that game. In order for the Bulldogs to have a chance against Florida, guard Javier Duren and near double-double man, Justin Sears, must be at their best or at least play like they did against the Huskies.
Look for Duren to put a ton of pressure on the Florida guards as this is a tough all around player that can play top-notch defense aside from filling up the stat sheet.
Duren had a difficult time knocking down the 3-ball against UConn (1 for 8), but still was a big enough factor for the Bulldogs to win. This isn't the type of player that will score 30 points. He'll turn this into an ugly, low scoring defensive battle and the lower the score, the better chance that Yale has of covering the spread.
Justin Sears is an undersized rebounder that won't shoot the lights out, but he manages to get the job done. In his last 3 games. Sears has put up a ton of shots and managed just 40 % from the field, but has still produced 13.7 points and 11 rebounds per game. Yale doesn't care if they win the game in an ugly manner, they're just looking to scratch out another win against a big name university.
High Level Competition
Obviously, there's a reason why the Gators have such a poor record and back to back games against #5 North Carolina and #11 Kansas will do it to them. That said, this isn't one of the top level teams that Florida has had in recent years and they're vulnerable. This is a Gators team that goes 10 players deep with no definitive superstar. Michael Frazier II leads Florida at (14.4 points and 6.1 rebounds). He's not a totally consistent player, but is good at knocking down the 3-ball when Florida needs a big bucket.
I'm leaning towards Yale in this game with my NCAA Basketball pick today. The Florida depth will be an issue, but Yale is coming off of a major high, defeating UConn.
Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Yale +9.5 at 5 Dimes
Kennesaw State (3-6) vs. #23 Butler (7-1)
How Many Points Will Butler Win By?
This game has the looks of a blowout as Kennesaw State is winless on the road and the Bulldogs are a huge 24.5 point betting favorite in today's NCAA Basketball odds. It's just a matter of how many points will garbage time affect the final score?
Guard, Kellen Dunham, will likely see less playing time as he's a 30 minute per game player, but expect him to have an easy time of it against the Owls. Dunham leads the Bulldogs at 16.8 points per game while shooting 46.3 % from 3-point range. As for the Owls, they have had a tough time scoring points and I can see this game being over by halftime.
How Bad Are They?
The Kennesaw Owls started off the season with an 89-42 loss to Syracuse. They've managed just 46 points against Kent State, 38 points against FIU, and have had several other games in the 50's against weak teams; you get the picture.
Leading scorer, Yonel Brown (13 ppg.) is coming off of an 0 for 8 shooting performance against Kent State. Overall, this is a very weak offensive team that shoots very poorly; enough said. Butler will blow this team out.
Free NCAA Basketball Pick: Butler -24.5 at 5 Dimes