With a ton of lopsided matchups in College Basketball to bet on, you get more of the same for the early part of the season. The strong look to beat up on the weak and pad their records. Let's see if this works to our advantage when making our betting picks.
Temple Owls (2-0) vs. #4 Duke Blue Devils (3-0)
Toughest Challenge to Date
I'm going to stick with the Blue Devils as they have been very good to me with my picks. Duke has been huge betting favorites in their first few games and haven't disappointed.
They face somewhat of a tough test in the Temple Owls; and Duke is still a massive 17 point betting favorite on our NCAA basketball odds as they don't lose to conference team in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The only difference in this game is that Temple gets Duke at the Barclays Center in the Coaches versus Cancer Classic. Can Temple keep this game competitive? That is the question.
#1 In the Nation
I'm not talking about their ranking, I'm talking about the #1 recruit in the nation in Jahlil Okafor and how no team has had an answer in guarding him. Okafor finally got to play a competitive team in the Michigan State Spartans and the results were still the same; Duke won the game and Okafor had another spectacular night shooting from the field.
On the season, Okafor is shooting an unheard of 83.3% from the field while averaging 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. If Michigan State couldn't stop him, the Owls surely won't stop him. We're waiting for that one bad game but it hasn't come yet from the #1 freshman in the nation.
Let's not overlook that freshman Tyus Jones is shooting a sizzling 66.7 % from the field. Coach Krzyzewski is a magnet and top players like to play for him.
Every team needs a leader and senior point guard, Quinn Cook, is that guy for the Blue Devils. Cook is coming off of another great performance in which he had 19 points and 6 assists in the win over Michigan State. Cook is shooting a red hot 55.6 % from 3 point territory this season. Everyone is focusing in on Kentucky, but I think that Duke will give them a run for their money come March Madness. Temple stands little chance of winning this game.
Temple has won their first 2 games and one of them was a close one against American, therefore that 2-0 record is sort of deceiving. The tandem of Will Cummings and Quenton DeCosey are quite capable of putting up huge numbers as they did last season. I expect both players to have respectable outings against Duke. That said, Cummings is shooting just 4 of 26 from the field this season. That's certainly despicable and it's time for Cummings to wake up; this is Duke!
Take a look at this capper's take on Temple vs. Duke
NCAA Basketball Pick- Duke -17 at 5Dimes
Boston University Terriers (1-1) at #1 Kentucky Wildcats (3-0)
Picking on the Weak
The best thing to do early in the season is to pick on the weaker teams that don't belong facing teams like Kentucky and Duke. In this case, Kentucky's bench players can beat most of the teams in the NCAA, let alone beat a weak Terriers squad; this is laughable. Kentucky is installed as a 28.5 point betting favorite and that actually seems kind of low.
You're not going to get any 20 point scorers on Kentucky as too many stars need playing time. Nobody gets more than 23 points per game as the Kentucky Wildcats have 9 players that average 5 points or more. I figure that when the Wildcats play some tougher teams, the hot players will get a bit more playing time, but for now, expect more of the same.
Thus far, the Wildcats have been led by Trey Lyles and Dakari Johnson. Johnson will always be one of the key players on this team due to his great size and ability to score, but more importantly dominate the boards. In just 21 minutes per game, Johnson is averaging 9.3 rebounds per game.
This team is massive in size as 7 foot junior Willie Cauley-Stein has progressed quite nicely as he's been integrated into a lineup of young talent. Cauley-Stein is averaging 8.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game on 60 % shooting from the field. His experience is immeasurable and he'll be a key figure on this team come tournament time. Kentucky should have no problem in this game.
The BU Way To Success
Thus far, sophomore guard Cedric Hankerson has led the way for the Terriers. He's averaging a team leading 15.5 points to go along with 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. Hankerson is shooting just 26.3 % from the field. It just shows you the different levels that these two teams are on. Take Kentucky in a blowout as your NCAA Basketball pick.
NCAA Basketball Pick- Kentucky -30 at BetOnline