The big favorites have been hitting against the smaller unestablished schools and I’m going to continue to lean in that direction until the inter-conference games come into play. Of course, there can always be a battle between 2-top 25 teams that appears to be appealing and we’ll still keep the picks coming from that end also. Time for Saturday’s NCAA basketball picks to put you in the green.
Central Connecticut State (2-5) at #5 Ohio State (7-0)
By How Many?
You have one of the best defenses and overall teams in the nation in the Ohio State Buckeyes and they’re playing a small school such as Central Connecticut State that can’t even win on their own level and the immediate thought is, will Ohio State win by 20, 30, 40, or even more?
According to Bet 365 Sportsbook, Ohio State is a huge 27.5 betting favorite.
In games like this, the only concern is an Early Buckeyes blowout and the bench playing for a considerable amount of time in the 2nd half; garbage time, if you will.
Ohio State has allowed just 54.3 points per game (3rd in the nation) and 35.9% from the field from their opponents (6th in the nation). If CCSU makes a game of this, I would be shocked.
OSU is coming off of a 76-60 victory over Maryland. The Buckeyes held the Terps to just 39.1 % from the field while Maryland shot a pathetic 2 of 18 from 3 point land. Maryland is a 5-3 team from one of the better conferences in the nation in the ACC. CCSU’s chances look very bleak against Ohio State.
Mastering His “Craft”
Point guard, Aaron Craft has been the catalyst for this Buckeyes team. He’s a marvelous ball distributor and excels at forcing turnovers. With double-digit scoring contributions offensively, Craft is averaging 5.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.9 steals per game. Craft is also coming off of a 5 steal performance against Maryland. Look for Craft to lead the way for the Buckeyes against a team that will be hard-pressed to keep this game competitive.
CCSU is a very deep team that’s coming off of a 65-56 victory over New Hampshire. This game was just a matter of one bad team being a bit better than another bad team as both teams shot under 40% from the field. CCSU’s leading scorer , Kyle Vinales (19.3 points per game), does a fine job coming off of the bench, but is coming off of a terrible performance against New Hampshire.
I see absolutely no hope for Central Connecticut State in this game as Ohio State should crush them beyond recognition. If Ohio State had to lay 35 points, I’d still say to lay the points.
Pick- Ohio State -27.5 at Bet 365
Binghamton (2-6) at #4 Syracuse (8-0)
“The Orange Crush”
Sorry folks for the lack of competitive matchups, but this is betting and the name of the game is to find an edge. Will Syracuse cover the HUGE 40 point betting spread in the NCAA basketball odds, do I say the Binghamton Bearcats?
Syracuse has been typically known as an earlier starter in the season as they’ve won their first 8 games of the season for the 6th consecutive year. The Orange also hold a modest 47 home winning streak against non-conference opponents.
To top it off, the Orange are coming off of a 69-52 victory over a solid Indiana Hoosiers team. Indiana played 15 players for the game, but it wasn’t enough to stop Syracuse. This is a team with NCAA Championship aspirations and could possibly cash in.
Everyone knows the experience that C.J. Fair has and what he can do, but sophomore, Trevor Cooney, has been a standout player as of late. Cooney has scored 20 point or more in 2 of his last 3 games and coming off of a 5 for 9 shooting performance from 3-point range against Indiana.
Freshman, Tyler Ennis, has also made an immediate impact for the Orange in his first year with the team. He’s a player that can score, distribute the rock, rebound, and play spectacular defense at just 6 foot 1.
Ennis is coming off of a 17 point, 8 assist, 7 rebound, and 4 steal game against Indiana. He’s a top level recruit playing against a low level small school. He should have no problem here as Syracuse is just a superior team.
40 points are a lot to lay against any team, but Syracuse has proven that they can handle a tough early season schedule and unless their starters are taken out at halftime, I see no reason why they won’t embarrass an overmatched Binghamton ball club who can’t score, pass, rebound, or shoot with efficiency.
Pick- Syracuse -40 at Bet 365[gameodds]14/251656/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]