We're going to focus on College Hoops and find the best betting totals to bet on as there are a decent amount available to make a profit. Here are your picks for Thursday.
Rutgers Scarlett Knights (10-16, 2-11) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (15-10, 6-6)
Iowa Needs a Blowout
The Hawkeyes must finish strong and make an impression on the NCAA voting committee for the Big Dance or their "bubble" will burst. As of now, Iowa isn't even a bubble team, but with a cupcake matchup against a Rutgers team looking to get acclimated to the ACC, this is a perfect opportunity to get an easy "W". Rutgers is so bad that even at 15-10, the Hawkeyes are a 14.5 point betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at a mere 126 on the NCAA basketball odds.
Iowa is also coming off of an unimpressive 66-61 loss to an inferior Northwestern team. Iowa has also lost 5 out of their last 7 games, This is a team with an average offense, averaging 68.5 points per game, but they don't shoot the ball well. The under looks quite appealing in this matchup as you have a Rutgers team that can't put the ball in the hoop. Rutgers is averaging 58.7 points per game and is shooting just 39% from the field. The combination of poor play on Iowa's part and an unproductive Rutgers offense is the reason for such a low betting total.
Mack and Jack
The Scarlett Knights are led by the combination of Myles Mack and Kadeem Jack. For the most part, this duo has been fairly productive offensively even though shooting efficiency doesn't come into play.
Mack, who is Rutgers leading scorer at 14 points per game, can pretty much do it all for a 5 foot 10 point guard. He can score, dish the rock, and clean the glass. That said, he's had back to back ineffective performances offensively. Kadeem Jack has picked up the slack, coming off of a 16 point,8 rebound effort in a loss to Purdue. The problem is the rest of their roster is laced with guys that are shooting under 40% from the field. Iowa isn't a good enough team to make the total go over by themselves and for those reasons, the under looks quite appealing in this matchup.
NCAA Basketball Pick- Rutgers/Iowa Under 126.5 at BetOnline
#9 Utah Utes (20-4, 10-2) vs. Oregon State Beavers (16-9, 7-6)
A Baffling Total.....
Both of these teams aren't pushovers to begin with. Utah averages a healthy 74.3 points per game while Oregon State is offensively challenged, averaging 61.6 points per game. This is a matchup in which I don't really need to get into detail with players stats. A total of 113 seems awfully low.
Odds makers could be focusing on the poor offense of Oregon State. The Beavers have averaged 57 points in back to back losses to UCLA and USC. Oregon State consistently stays in the 55 to 60 point range except for the embarrassing loss to Arizona in which they managed just 34 points, but that's one game and the Beavers managed to recover after that game.
Gary Payton II
While it's clear that Gary Payton II isn't as good as his father, who was an spectacular NBA player, this is a 6 foot 3 guard that can't be taken lightly.
He's averaging 13.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 3 assists per game. He play's much bigger than his size and his defense is top notch. Payton II is coming off of a 6 steal effort against USC and is averaging 3 steals per game. While this screams great defense, I simply can't get around the low total provided. At worst, Oregon State will provide 55 points and they are facing one of the best teams in the country that has plenty of offense, led by the very talented Delon Wright (14.3 points, 5.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds). Wright is a Steve Nash (in his prime) type of player that shoots over 50% from the field and 80% from the free throw line. This game has 'over' written all over it, so take the total with your NCAA Basketball picks.
NCAA Basketball Pick- Utah/ Oregon State Over 113 at 5Dimes