Pair of 'O/U' NCAA Basketball Picks to Increase Thursday's Profit

Joe Catalano

Thursday, March 5, 2015 3:23 PM GMT

With just 2 games in the NBA, we transition over to NCAA Basketball in which there's a whole host of games and a lot of appealing betting totals that we think that you'll benefit from as your betting picks.

Fairfield Stags vs. St. Peter's Peacocks 

Bottom of the Barrel
Every team gets a chance and if one of these teams pulls off a miracle and wins the MAAC Championship, they would get an invitation to the Big Dance. Therefore, expect to see the best out of both of these bottom feeders despite their inability to win ball games.

The total for this game is placed very low at 114.5 on the posted NCAA Basketball odds. Reaching 60 points will be a major task for the Stags despite averaging 60 points per game for the season. This is a team that shoots under 40% from the field and has lost 12 out of their last 13 games. The only thing that Fairfield has going for them is that the one win during that 13 game period was against St. Peter's as they defeated the Peacocks 57-43. Fairfield has failed to eclipse the 60 point mark in 8 out of their last 10 games.

One Man Show
Marcus Gilbert is by far the best player on the Stags roster and will be looking to play his best as this is a win or go home situation for Fairfield.

For the season, Gilbert is averaging 16.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Although Gilbert is coming off of a 16 point, 10 rebound effort in a one point loss to Niagara, he turned the ball over 7 times and must eliminate mistakes in tonight's game. Gilbert had a poor outing in the win over St. Peter's, scoring 11 points while shooting 3 of 9 from the field, but I expect him to play well tonight.

Iona Who?
St. Peter's is actually coming off of a huge upset of the Iona Gaels, Desi Washington led the way for the Peacocks with 19 points and as a team, St. Peter's shot 51% from the field. Look for the Peacocks to carry some of that momentum over to this game and we should see a decent amount of offense to counteract the low total.

NCAA Basketball Pick- Over 114.5 at BetOnline

 

Utah Utes vs.Washington State Cougars 

One-Sided Matchup
Although Utah is the possibly the best team in the nation on their home court, they're quite effective in enemy territory. Tonight, they have an easy matchup against the Cougars in which they're a 13 point betting favorite. Although these two teams have met before and Utah took care of WSU quite easily, 86-64 on January 21st, the Utes are coming off of a very demoralizing 63-57 loss to Arizona at home. This isn't supposed to happen. How will they handle "the game after" is the question? 

Delon Wright couldn't hit from the field against the Wildcats, but he was 10 of 12 from the free throw line to go along with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. Look for Wright to take out some aggression against Washington State as Utah will look to bounce back. Where the total is concerned. expect Utah, who averages 72.4 points per game to have no problem against the Cougars. Washington State is a far cry from Arizona and I expect the Utes to light up the scoreboard.

As we expect an over, this is also a Washington State team that averages 70.5 points per game behind the play of DaVonte Lacy and Josh Hawkinson. Hawkinson has been a beast as of late. In his last game, he had 21 points and 14 rebounds in a 72-67 loss against a desperate UCLA team. This game has over written all over it, so take the total with your NCAA basketball picks.

NCAA Basketball Pick- Over 135 at 5Dimes