NCAA Basketball Saturday Picks of the Day

Joe Catalano

Saturday, November 16, 2013 4:13 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 4:13 PM UTC

At the beginning of the NCAA Basketball season, a lot of teams ease into the grind with a lot of cupcake matchups. Let’s see if we can expose some of these mismatches in today’s picks of the day.

Arkansas Little-Rock (0-1) at #11 Florida (1-1)


Normally this is a “cupcake team” that Florida would destroy, but the status of many players is up in the air as they’ve been suspended by head coach Billy Donovan. Dorian Finney-Smith was reinstated to the team but his status along with ScottieWilbekin and Damontre Harris is questionable at this point. Harris is the least likely to play for a Florida team that’s a 20 point betting favorite in this matchup.

Florida is also coming off of a tough 59-53 loss to a defensive-minded Wisconsin Badgers team. With the suspensions and injuries to players like Will Yeguete, you expect an uphill battle regardless, but against the AR- Little Rock, look for freshman point guard, Kasey Hill to play better with a better chance of opening up the floor. Florida will look towards its two leading scorers in Casey Prather and Michael Frazier II for most of its offense. Together, they’ve accounted for 39.5 points and 12 rebounds; we can expect  both players to lead the way against Arkansas Little Rock as Hill sets them up against the Trojans.

The Trojans will be led by big man Will Neighbour, who is a preseason All-Sun Belt Conference second teams selection. Neighbour will need to outplay Patric Young for the Trojans to have any chance in this contest. 

This game isn’t a matter of “if Florida wins” it will be by how “how much?” This could be affected by the suspension of some of its players. Betting odds makers seem to think that it won’t matter and neither do I. Look for Prather and Frazier II to lead the way against a much inferior team.

Free Pick- Florida -20 at Bet 365


#20 Wisconsin (1-0) at Green Bay (1-0)

Revenge Game

Even though it’s been 4 years since Green Bay defeated a nationally ranked Wisconsin team on their home floor, this is the type of loss that’s not forgotten in an intra-state game of two teams located so close together geographically.

Dont forget to cehck out the Marquette-Ohio State game~

Once again, the Badgers are the 20th ranked team in the nation and coming off of a very impressive victory over a shorthanded Florida team, 59-53. For the past couple of years, the name of Wisconsin’s game is defense. If they can keep their opponent in the 50 point range they’re almost sure to pick up the “W”. This could be a test as Green Bay took down the Northern Michigan Wildcats, 71-49 in their first game of the season. That said, the degree of difficulty where the opposition is concerned in the form of Wisconsin, has risen for the Phoenix.

Wisconsin is led by the 3-headed monster of forward Sam Dekker (16 ppg) and guards Traevon Jackson (13 ppg) and Ben Brust (13 ppg). Despite their lack of size all 3 of these players can man the boards and rebound. Brust is the spiritual leader of the Badgers as he hit several game winning shots last season and looks to finish his college career with an NCAA Championship. Look for the defense of Wisconsin to overwhelm the Phoenix offense and be a key factor in the outcome of this game.

We must remember that Green Bay has been off for a week and beat a division II school in their lone victory of the season. In that game their leading scorer of last year, Keifer Sykes, was just 4 for 12 for 10 points. The Phoenix shot just 43.9% against a division II squad and are a poor free throw shooting team themselves. The only way that they have a chance against Wisconsin is from a psychological standpoint if the Badgers let the hometown Phoenix fans get under their skin, but don’t expect that to happen.

Look for Wisconsin and their unbreakable defense to stop the Phoenix for NCAAB picks and cover the 5 point spread.

Free Pick- Wisconsin -5 at Bet 365

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