Playing the Totals on CBS Saturday Doubleheader: NCAAB Free Picks

Willie Bee

Saturday, December 30, 2017 1:11 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 1:11 PM UTC

Wichita State’s first AAC contest finds the Shockers at UConn while Florida State visits Duke in ACC action, and we have free NCAA basketball picks for both games.

Season: 17-20 (-4.00)

Compared to how yesterday was the end of the line for top-notch college hoops contests on Fridays, today is a tease for what’s to come on Saturdays the next three months. If there is a perfect way to begin the first Saturday of the conference season, it’s the first-ever matchup as conference foes between the Wichita State Shockers and Connecticut Huskies in Hartford.

CBS has the noon (ET) tip at XL Center, and Bookmaker has Wichita State laying 10 points with 143½ for the scoreboard total. It’s just the second meeting between the Shockers and Huskies, but first as AAC rivals. Connecticut beat Wichita State at the 2010 Maui Invitational in the only other matchup, an 83-79 final with the Huskies favored by 2.

First Post-Christmas Action For Both Sides
Gregg Marshall wasn’t all that pleased with his Shockers eight days ago in a 75-76 win over Florida Gulf Coast. His team trailed in the second half and struggled to find the basket before a late rally lifted Wichita State to the victory. If there was any good news, it was getting Markis McDuffie back on the floor after the junior forward missed the first 11 games with a stress fracture in his left foot. McDuffie averaged more than 25 minutes and 11.5 points per game a year ago.

Connecticut closed the nonconference schedule on a 2-game skid and with three losses in its last four games. Kevin Ollie’s gang also hasn’t been making friends with anyone playing the NCAA basketball odds, the Huskies covering just one of their last eight contests, five of those as the underdogs. Collecting points has been a problem all season for UConn, but I’m still willing to play the ‘over’ in this one today.

Free NCAAB Picks: OVER 143.5
Best Lines are (-105) at Heritage
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Top 25 Teams Square Off At Cameron
Don’t touch the dial when the Shockers and Huskies finish. ACC action follows in Durham at about 2 PM (ET) in what is Florida State’s conference opener and second league game for Duke. It is one of three clashes between ranked teams on today’s card, and another 10 point spread that favors Duke with scoreboard bettors looking at 162½-163½ for the total.

Duke has won five of the last six in this rivalry to build a 36-10 advantage over FSU. The clubs split last year’s games, each winning at home, and the Seminoles are looking for their first triumph in Durham in nearly six years.

Both teams have been solid plays so far with the Seminoles 7-2-1 against the spread and Blue Devils 8-3. Duke games have been an ATM machine for ‘over’ bettors with 10 of 11 going that direction, but this series has favored the ‘under’ with six of the last seven falling short. That’s the direction I’m going with my free college basketball pick.

Free NCAAB Picks Florida St.-Duke Under 163½
Best LInes are at BetOnline
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