NCAAB Picks: Milwaukee vs. Wright State Horizon Finals

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 11:38 AM GMT

Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014 11:38 AM GMT

The Milwaukee Panthers knocked off the top seed in the Horizon League Tournament, but now they’ll have to snap a long road losing streak against the Wright State Raiders to earn an automatic bid into the 2014 NCAA Tournament. FInd out where we believe the value lies for your college basketball picks.

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Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this matchup at the Nutter Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Streaking

Milwaukee has won four games in a row, including a 73-66 overtime victory over Green Bay as 11.5-point road underdogs in the semifinals last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 138.

The Panthers have led by a double-digit margin in all three of their tournament wins and in each of their last seven victories.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 14-34 SU and 22-24 ATS versus teams with a winning record.

A lot to like

Wright State is worthy of being a favorite on the SBR Odds page, considering it has gone 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS over its last six games—the program’s longest winning streak under fourth-year head coach Billy Donlon.

The Raiders have five players averaging at least eight points, with senior forward A.J. Pacher leading the way at 10.8 points a contest.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points since the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

House of Horrors

The Panthers have played very well away from home this season, as they’ve collected nine true road wins and 12 total victories outside of Milwaukee.

It’s important to point out that the school hasn’t won at this particular venue since 2005—a nine-game losing streak that includes a 73-57 setback as seven-point underdogs on Jan. 21.

Battle on the boards

The Raiders have won 11 of 12 games when outrebounding opponents this season, while the Panthers have compiled a 12-1 SU record when accomplishing the same feat.

Each team held serve on its home floor during the regular-season series—mainly due to winning the battle on the glass.

2013-14 NCAA Tournament Betting Futures

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Raiders as one of their college basketball picks, as they’ve covered the number in their last seven home games in this particular event.

College Basketball Pick: Wright State Raiders -6

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