Wright State (17-9, 8-5) at Cleveland State (13-15, 5-9)
The better teams become more intense prior to their inter-conference tournaments and make no bones about it; Wright State is the better basketball team in this game.
You get low profile games like this where home court is just as important as a team’s record. Wright State is a mere 1.5 point favorite in this game.
The Raiders biggest test to date was a 10 point loss to Cincinnati, but Wright State has won their last 3 of 4 games on the road. They have also suffered two losses by 7 points or less to the top team in the Horizon League, the Valparaiso Crusaders.
Cleveland State is coming off of a victory over a 6-22 Milwaukee Panthers team. Prior to that, they had lost 3 consecutive games and 7 out of their last 9 games.
The Vikings will be looking for offense from their lead scorers, Bryn Forbes and Charlie Lee. Forbes is coming off of a huge game against Milwaukee in which he shot 4 of 7 from 3-point land and scored 24 points. Point guard, 5 foot 9 Charlie Lee, is averaging 19 points in his last 2 games. They beat up on Milwaukee, but Wright State will be a much greater test.
No Heavy Hitters
Wright State has no definitive superstar on their team but finds a way to get the job done.
A.J. Pacher, who averages just 11.7 minutes and 4.6 points per game, led the Raiders against Valpo with 23 points and 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Who will lead the Raiders in this game? It could be anyone. They’re not a strong rebounding team, but the bottom line is that they win and that’s what you’ll see here.
NCAAB Picks-: Wright State -1.5 at 5 Dimes
Providence (14-11, 6-7) at #8 Syracuse (21-4, 9-3)
This is a must win for the Friars as the regular season draws to a close. Providence is coming off of a huge 71-54 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish while the Cuse is coming off of 76-65 victory over Seton Hall. Although Syracuse is clearly the better team in this contest, they scare me. I’ve seen them look like a high school team against Pitt, unable to score a basket.
These teams have met before and Syracuse won by 6. The Friars have won 4 consecutive games and have beaten 2 ranked teams in their last 3 games, holding the opposition to 50 and 54 points respectively. Syracuse is a 12.5 point betting favorite on the NCAAB odds boards -as expected. Will Providence continue the outstanding play? A win here put’s them “on the bubble” with the Big East Tournament to come. This is a much more important game for Providence even though Syracuse wants to maintain its top 10 ranking.
Providence features a legitimate scoring threat in guard, Bryce Cotton. Cotton is averaging 20.4 points per game and this will be his most important game of the season. Syracuse features a formidable starting 5 with James Southerland coming off of the bench.
Brandon Triche will come into this game with momentum. The senior lit Seton Hall up for 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. As stated earlier, I’ve seen Syracuse go cold when facing adversity and that forces me to proceed with caution.
Providence is playing way above their heads. Look for it to continue. Take the points for your college basketball picks.
NCAAB Picks: Providence +12.5 at 5 Dimes